This loaded Cauliflower Bake is full of all the same cheesy goodness as the higher calorie version but swaps out those noodles for cauliflower. It’s so delicious you might even be able to convince your family to make the swap permanently!!
2 small heads cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 c. whole milk
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c. sliced green onions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch cauliflower, 3 minutes. Drain and squeeze cauliflower of water.
Make cheese sauce: In a large skillet, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then add flour and stir until golden, 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a low simmer, then add cream cheese, whisking until combined. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheddar until melted, then season with salt and pepper.
In a 9”-x-13” dish, add drained cauliflower. Pour over cheese sauce and stir until combined. Stir in all but 1 tablespoon each cooked bacon and green onions until combined, then top with remaining cheddar, bacon, and green onions.
Bake until cauliflower is tender and cheese is melty, 30 minutes.
Recipe and Photo courtesy of: Delish