Bacon Cauliflower Recipe

Loaded Cauliflower with bacon and cheese- great alternative to loaded baked potato

Cauliflower is not a vegetable my husband loves, in fact, he doesn’t care for it at all. He eats it (when I load it with butter), but it is certainly not on his favorite list … except when I make it like this. Everyone in my family ate this, including our one-year old, who also is not a big cauliflower eater.

The old saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach … one word: bacon! This recipe was actually the result of a simultaneous pregnancy craving for cauliflower, bacon, and cheese, and it is GOOD! Loaded bacon cauliflower is a mixture of a loaded baked potato and macaroni and cheese.

Beyond tasting good, cauliflower is also super healthy. It is very high in vitamin C, and also contains a good amount of vitamin K, several B vitamins, and potassium. And it’s so versatile! Mash it to create pseudo “mashed potatoes”, roast it with a drizzle of olive oil and some spices, or cheese and bacon it up like in this recipe.

Loaded Cauliflower with bacon and cheese- great alternative to loaded baked potato
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Loaded Bacon Cauliflower Recipe

A healthier alternative to loaded baked potatoes made with cauliflower for extra nutrition!
Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 118kcal
Author Katie Wells


  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1 large head of cauliflower or 1-2 bags frozen cauliflower thawed
  • ½ cup favorite variety of cheese shredded
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 TBSP butter optional


  • Cook the bacon on the stove in a large skillet until crispy.
  • While the bacon is cooking, slice or cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  • Remove bacon from pan, leaving drippings.
  • Add the cauliflower to the pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cauliflower is tender.
  • Add butter if desired and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Crumble bacon on top of cauliflower, and sprinkle cheese on top of that.
  • Leave on heat an additional 1-2 minutes to melt cheese.
  • Enjoy!


Optionally, you can put the (oven safe) pan under the broiler to melt the cheese!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.4g | Protein: 6.7g | Fat: 9.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 517mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.5g

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