This twist on cauliflower casserole combines the traditional green bean casserole-style dish with a tastier, spicier flavor. Fresh cauliflower, bacon, and Italian ingredients make this casserole just delicious. This casserole really celebrates the cauliflower therefore should not be soupy and doesn't overdo the flavorings and cheese.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Pour water in a large bowl; add cauliflower florets. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap.

  • Cook cauliflower in microwave oven on High for 4 minutes. Pour excess water from bowl. Transfer cauliflower to a 12x9-inch baking dish; add mozzarella cheese, bacon, garlic, paprika, pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes. Gently stir cauliflower mixture to season evenly. Pour cream of mushrooms soup over the cauliflower mixture; stir to coat. Spread French-fried onions over the mixture and top with Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

Don't worry about the top burning it will look dark but won't burn if your oven temperature is correct. If you really think the top is getting too done, cover it loosely with aluminum foil but remove the foil the last 15 minutes so the top can get crispy.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 11.1g 22% DV; carbohydrates 19.3g 6% DV; fat 13.9g 21% DV; cholesterol 17.1mg 6% DV; sodium 697mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2015
If I could find more recipes like this I could become a vegetarian! I made my own mushroom soup which was really good on its own so I have to think it is better than canned. The flavors worked perfectly together. I chose to omit the French fried onions and instead mixed the bacon with breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan then topped the whole thing with more Parmesan half way through baking. I thought about leaving out the red pepper flakes but I am so glad I didn't. There isn't enough to make the dish hot just enough to make your taste buds pay attention. Thanks 2bMary! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2015
If I could find more recipes like this I could become a vegetarian! I made my own mushroom soup which was really good on its own so I have to think it is better than canned. The flavors worked perfectly together. I chose to omit the French fried onions and instead mixed the bacon with breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan then topped the whole thing with more Parmesan half way through baking. I thought about leaving out the red pepper flakes but I am so glad I didn't. There isn't enough to make the dish hot just enough to make your taste buds pay attention. Thanks 2bMary! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2015
I thought the flavors were great but was challenged by the ratio of cauliflower-to-sauce ingredients. I will definitely make this again. I love cauliflower but seldom have because even a single head of cauliflower is way too much cauliflower for one person! With this recipe I think I can freeze the additional servings. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2015
This recipe was great! All five in my family ate this and everyone had second helpings too (that pretty much never happens!). This is not the healthiest vegetable dish but I'll bet the ingredients would be fine together without the cream of mushroom soup added. Sure there wouldn't really be a sauce if you did that but who doesn't like cauliflower bacon and cheese on their own? This would be a side dish that would be filling enough for me as a lunch during the work week so if I make it again I will definitely do that to use up leftovers. Flavor was great and would go along side almost any entree. The only thing I changed was the baking time - mine was cooked through and brown after about 30 minutes. Thank you for the recipe 2bmary! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
It has turned out very delicious. However forty-five minutes was too long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2015
Made this recipe for my family with pork chops & stuffed mushrooms. Turned out great! Everybody loved it. Will deff make this again. The French fried onions are my favourite!?????? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2016
I use packaged crumbled bacon. Everyone loved this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2014
I forgot to pick up bacon but still wanted to make this recipe so here's what I did: Instead of steaming the cauliflower I cooked it a la Roasted Garlic Cauliflower; then I made Homemade Cream of Mushroom soup and used about two cups of it in this. I skipped the French Fried onions and used Panko and grated Parmesan. Really good! I can't wait to make this with bacon next time but I will probably still use homemade cream of mushroom soup for the flavor and reduced sodium. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2017
Didn t have cream of mushroom soup but did have a can of Creamy Poblano & Queso condensed soup. Omitted the French fried onions only because I didn't have them otherwise made as directed. This was really really delicious. Family gave it 5 stars. Read More
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