This Cheesy Broccoli, Sausage and Cauliflower Casserole is a creamy low-carb dinner idea made with smoked sausage and hearty vegetables. It’s an easy, cheesy casserole recipe the whole family will love!
For a meatless version, try this creamy Broccoli Cheese Casserole.
Cauliflower Casserole – Low Carb Dinner Idea
It is time to indulge in this cheesy and creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole – a luscious, low-carb masterpiece featuring smoked sausage and hearty veggies. This super cheesy casserole dish will surely win the hearts of everyone at the table!
Low-carb meals are my jam, and this particular casserole is one of my favorites. It’s a dish that proves mindful eating can be synonymous with comfort food, providing a balanced, nutrient-packed meal that is still hearty and gratifying.
The magic of this casserole lies in the best of the best ingredients! A delicious combo of juicy sausage, fresh broccoli, and cauliflower, all topped with a creamy, rich cheese sauce. A casserole that is a testament to how good choices can coexist with indulgent flavors. Each bite is pure love on a plate, from its gooey cheese to the slightly crisp edges of roasted veggies! ?
Why You Should Make This Casserole
- Low-Carb: If you’re following a low-carb or ketogenic diet, this casserole fits right in. It’s a hearty meal that aligns with your dietary needs without sacrificing flavor.
- Versatile: This casserole can easily be adapted to suit your tastes. Feel like switching up the veggies or cheese? Go for it! The recipe is flexible.
- Family-Friendly: It’s a hit with adults and kids alike. The creamy, cheesy texture appeals to younger palates, while adults can appreciate the depth of flavors.
- Easy to Prepare: No complicated steps or obscure ingredients here. This casserole is straightforward, and perfect for weeknight dinners.
How to Make Cauliflower Casserole
You don’t need anything fancy to make this casserole. You can also play around with the ingredients to make it your own!
- Broccoli Florets & Cauliflower Florets
- Vegetable Oil
- Onion & Garlic
- Polish Sausage or Andouille Sausage: Or any other pre-cooked sausage.
- Cream Cheese
- Mayonnaise: Plain yogurt or sour cream also work wonderfully as substitutions.
- Shredded Cheeses: Use your favorite blend.
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F and grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray; set aside.
- Add broccoli and cauliflower florets to boiling water and cook for 3 minutes; drain and set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet, stir in the onions, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and smoked sausage, and cook until browned on all sides.
- Transfer broccoli, cauliflower, and sausage mixture to the baking dish.
- Combine the cream cheese, mayo, shredded cheese, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl; add it to the broccoli mixture and stir until combined.
- Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese over the top and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Ideal for weeknight dinners or casual get-togethers, this casserole is ready to be the star of your dinner table; a perfect marriage of ingredients and good old comfort food. It’s a simple sausage bake packed with robust flavors, fresh veggies, and a creamy cheese blend.
Tips for Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
- Lightly Grease Your Baking Dish: Make sure you don’t forget to grease your baking dish. It will make your life so much easier! Just a dash of cooking spray will do the trick. If you don’t grease the pan, the bottom of your casserole might stick to it.
- Sausage: While you can use any pre-cooked sausage, consider using one with a strong flavor profile, such as Polish or andouille sausage, to enhance the overall taste of the casserole.
- Pre-Cooking the Vegetables: Make sure to pre-cook your broccoli and cauliflower just enough so they’re tender but still have a bit of crunch.
- Don’t Overcook Your Garlic: The garlic cloves will cook quickly, so make sure you keep an eye on them. You don’t want them getting too hard and burnt.
- Stir the Sausage: In order to get your smoked sausage browned evenly, you’ll have to stir it often while it’s cooking with the garlic and onions.
This is a versatile dinner that pairs well with just about anything! Here are some of my favorite sides to serve it with:
- Roasted Carrots: These Maple Roasted Carrots are sweet, buttery, and super easy to throw together. Their sweetness compliments the savory sausage casserole while keeping your dinner healthy and fresh.
- Deviled Avocados: These creamy Deviled Avocados are fun, simple, and full of flavor. They have a cool, smooth texture that will go great with your cauliflower bake. Or how about these Air Fryer Avocado Fries!
- Cocktails: After a long day when you just want to sit down with a relaxing meal, throw together a cocktail to enjoy with this casserole. My Cucumber Mojitos and Apple Cider Mimosas are easy options that never fail to satisfy.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
- This dinner almost never makes it past the first night at my house. But if you do end up with leftovers, you can easily save them for later! Just store your casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
- To reheat, put it in the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes or until it’s nice and hot.
More Low Carb Casseroles
Cheesy Broccoli, Sausage, and Cauliflower Casserole
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- ½ pound cauliflower florets
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 12 ounces smoked sausage, polish or andouille, sliced into 1-inch rounds
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, cut into cubes for easier mixing
- ½ cup mayonnaise, or sub plain yogurt or sour cream
- 2 cups shredded mexican blend cheese, divided
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400˚F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish; set aside.
- Add water to a large pot, filling it about halfway up, and bring to a boil.
- Add broccoli florets and cauliflower florets to the boiling water; bring to a boil and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
- In the meantime, add the vegetable oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and cook for 2 minutes; add the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.
- Then, stir in the smoked sausage and cook for 3 minutes or until browned on all sides. Stir frequently.
- Transfer the broccoli, cauliflower, plus sausage mixture to the baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 cup shredded cheese, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Stir the cream cheese mixture into the broccoli mixture; stir around until everything is well combined. Add remaining shredded cheese on top.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and serve.
- Don’t forget to grease your baking dish lightly to prevent sticking.
- Keep a close eye on your garlic while cooking to avoid burning.
- Pre-cook the veggies until just tender.
- Pick flavorful precooked sausages like Polish or Andouille. When cooking it, stir the sausage frequently for even browning.
- Try crushed pork rinds or almond slivers for added crunch. Sprinkle them over the top of the casserole before baking.
- Experiment with different cheeses.
- Add red chili flakes or hot sauce for spice.
- Serve immediately for the best cheesy texture.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.