This garlicky and cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Bake is a perfect blend of comfort, taste, and ease, making it a delicious choice for both casual dinners and special gatherings.
Savory, garlicky, cheesy cauliflower broccoli bake is made with just a few required ingredients and is the perfect comforting side dish for holidays and every day! It’s creamy, it’s golden, and it’s extra delicious!
Why We Love This Cauliflower Broccoli Recipe
- Quick and Easy: This recipe is a breeze to put together and it’s a great way to sneak in those veggies.
- Versatile: This side dish pairs with just about any main dish.
- Family-Favorite: This dish is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for family dinners, potlucks, holidays, you name it!
- Comfort Food: Last but not least, this cheesy cauliflower and broccoli bake is pure comfort food. The tender veggies coated in a creamy, bubbling cheese sauce provide a heartwarming and cozy meal that’s hard to resist.
Cauliflower Broccoli Bake Ingredients
- broccoli florets
- cauliflower florets
- onion & garlic
- garlic flavored olive oil or regular olive oil
- shredded cheddar cheese & shredded mozzarella cheese
- fat-free evaporated milk
- Dijon mustard
- smoked paprika
How To Make Cauliflower Broccoli Bake
- Cook the Veggies: We’ll quickly steam our cauliflower and broccoli, then sauté them with some onion and garlic tossed in delicious garlic-flavored olive oil.
- Make the Cheese Sauce: In the meantime, we’ll whip up a simple lightened-up cheese sauce. I found this recipe gem in an old Weight Watchers cookbook, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s just evaporated milk, shredded cheddar, and a touch of cornstarch.
- Pro Tip: Keep your flame low while making the sauce. High heat makes the sauce grainy, especially with reduced-fat cheeses. Nobody wants grainy cheese sauce, am I right?
- Combine and Bake: Next, we’ll marry our sautéed veggies and glorious cheese sauce, then slide it into the oven. Around 20 minutes later, you’ll be face-to-face with a hot, bubbly, and insanely delicious cheesy cauliflower bake.
Recipe Tips And Variations
- Using Frozen Veggies: Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower and broccoli florets, but cook them according to the instructions on the package and drain any excess liquid before combining the veggies with the cheese sauce.
- Vegetable Alternatives: You can swap out the cauliflower for another veggie. Any vegetable that’s been lightly roasted, given a quick steam, or even blanched would be a great fit. Try Brussels sprouts, green beans, or more broccoli.
- Cheese Sauce: Remember to keep the heat low when you’re making the cheese sauce to avoid a grainy texture. Stir continuously for a smooth, creamy sauce.
- Switch up the Cheese: Feel free to play around with the types of cheese in this dish. A blend of cheddar and gruyere or a sprinkle of parmesan can add a different twist to your casserole.
- Add-ins: Add some protein like cooked chicken, bacon, or even canned tuna.
- Seasoning: Don’t forget to season your veggies during the sautéing phase. A little salt and pepper can make a huge difference in the overall flavor of the dish.
- Grilled or Roasted Meats: This casserole would be fantastic with simple oven baked chicken breasts, roast beef, air fryer pork chops, or even a ribeye steak.
- Fish: For a lighter meal, consider serving this cheesy bake with sockeye salmon or cod.
- Salad: Pair this casserole with a light and crisp tabbouleh salad, or a tangy cabbage cucumber salad.
How To Store & Freeze
- To Store: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
- To Reheat from Frozen: Place it in your microwave on high for around 3 to 4 minutes. The exact time might vary based on your microwave’s power. Let it sit briefly after you take it out.
Cauliflower Casserole Recipes
- Creamy Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Casserole
- Cheesy Ground Beef and Cauliflower Rice Casserole
- Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Casserole
- Keto Mac and Cheese
Garlicky and Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Bake
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 1 pound cauliflower florets
- 3 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil, divided, you can also use regular olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 can (12 ounces) fat free evaporated milk
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, or to taste
- ¼ cup low fat part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400˚F. Drizzle a little olive oil on the bottom of a square baking dish; spread it around and set aside.
- In a large skillet, bring 1/2 inch of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cauliflower; cover and cook over high heat until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain the vegetables in a colander and set aside.
- Wipe out the skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and heat over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened.
- Stir in the minced garlic and continue to stir and cook for 1 minute. Add broccoli and cauliflower to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove from heat and transfer the vegetables to the baking dish; set aside.
- Wipe the skillet and add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, cornstarch, evaporated milk, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk, until melted and thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli and cauliflower; stir to combine. Sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and let stand 5 to 8 minutes, then serve.
- This casserole can be assembled up to one day in advance, then baked just before serving.
- Swap out the cauliflower for another veggie. Brussels sprouts and green beans will work.
- Aim for crunchy, not soggy, veggies in the first steaming step.
- For a velvety cheese sauce, keep your heat low and keep stirring.
- Mix up your cheese game – consider a mix of cheddar and gruyere or a dash of parmesan.
- Want to make it a main course? Throw in some cooked chicken, crispy bacon, or even canned tuna.
- Don’t forget to season your veggies when frying them.
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.