Cheesey cauliflower in a plate and in a pan

Cheesy Cauliflower

This cheesy cauliflower casserole bake is the super easy and ridiculously delicious vegetarian side dish you’ve been waiting for!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 Bowls
Calories 176 kcal
Author Lindsey


  • 1 Head Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded, more if you’d like to sprinkle some on top
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Toss cauliflower in olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add the cream cheese, heavy cream, cheddar cheese and thyme and melt together over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Place cauliflower in a small casserole dish (I used an 8” cast iron here, but a square 8” casserole pan will work as well.)
  7. Pour cheese sauce evenly over the cauliflower.
  8. Option to sprinkle more shredded cheddar (about ½ cup) over the top of your cheesy cauliflower and melt it in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  9. Allow cheesy cauliflower to cool before serving and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 433mg 18%
Potassium 89mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.8%
Vitamin C 9.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.