Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole (Low Carb and Gluten Free)


One of my absolute favorite fooPepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casseroleds since I went low carb and gluten free is the “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree – I eat it all the time!  In fact, it’s so satisfying and filling, that I can make a meal out of just a bowl of the cauliflower puree, and nothing else.

The other day I was starving, but also craving some protein, and all I had besides cauliflower and cheese was some pepperoni. Now I don’t even LIKE pepperoni, and I don’t know what possessed me to think that this would be a good idea, but I threw some pepperoni and shredded mozzarella into my magic bullet with the cauliflower, and blended it into a puree (along with the usual cream, butter, salt and pepper.)

It was SO GOOD! The pepperoni added a complexity to it that is hard to describe – the slight sourness that pepperoni has just worked so well with the cauliflower – it was like culinary magic!

In thinking that I wanted to share this low carb cauliflower recipe with you, I wondered how I could make it even better. So I spread it into a casserole dish and covered it generously with more mozzarella and pepperoni, and tossed in the oven to bake.

pepperoni pizza cauliflower casserole


Think your kids won’t eat cauliflower? Guess again! My 5 year old who can’t even stand the smell of cauliflower when I’m cooking it, ate some and pronounced it “delicious!” It’s cheesy, creamy, and just plain awesome. You could even spread a little pizza sauce under the layer of mozzarella if you want a more authentic “pizza” flavor, but it really doesn’t need it.

pepperoni pizza cauliflower puree

I cannot wait for you guys to try this and report back! It shouldn’t work, in fact it sounds crazy, but it’s so good that you’ll just have to trust me on this one and try it out! I know you guys are going to love it too!

Update: If you guys like this one, you HAVE to check out my other variations on it – the Cheesy Chipotle Cauliflower Casserole, and the Jalapeno Popper Cauliflower Casserole! YUM!

pepperoni pizza cauliflower casserole 2

As a bonus, it’s incredibly easy to make and tastes just as good leftover the next day.

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: approximately 3/4 cup

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

Perfect as a kid-friendly low carb side dish, or eat an entire bowl for a complete meal!


    For the Puree
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Casserole
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


    For the Puree
  • Clean and trim the cauliflower, breaking it into medium sized pieces. Place in a microwave safe bowl with 2 Tbl of cream and 1 Tbl of butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10 minutes. Stir to coat cauliflower with cream/butter mixture. Microwave for another six minutes on high (or until tender.) Remove from the microwave and put into a high speed blender or food processor along with the 8 slices of pepperoni and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can adjust the cream and butter to your preference for consistency.
  • For the Casserole
  • Spread the cauliflower puree into an 8 x 8 oven proof casserole dish. Cover with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and layer with pepperoni. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for about 20 minutes. Alternatively you could microwave this for 5 minutes. Serve hot.


Approximate nutrition info per serving: 207 calories, 15g fat, 4.75g net carbs, 10g protein

pepperoni pizza cauliflower mash

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  1. Tami

    Looks like I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! Yum!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-17-2013

      Let me know what you think Tami! Enjoy! :)

      • Jo Ann
        Jo Ann04-24-2014

        I was too lazy to do the cauliflower in the blender part. I cooked just the cauliflower in the microwave, drained it, smashed it in the Pyrex pan, then added Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, and Garlic powder. Then I topped it with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, then another layer of pepperoni, mozzarella and parm, baked it for about 10 minutes, in the oven. The smell was amazing. The taste wasn’t bad either. I know your recipe will top this, but this one will definitely do me, in a pinch.

        • Mellissa Sevigny
          Mellissa Sevigny04-25-2014

          Sounds great! Sometimes it’s just about making it work when you need something tasty and fast! I do this kind of thing all the time, and every once in awhile a new recipe is born when I’m just trying to throw ingredients together on the fly! Glad you were able to make it work for you! :)

  2. Alice B.
    Alice B.05-16-2013

    This will be dinner for me as well tonight!!!

    Your cauliflower brownies shouldn’t work either, Mellissa, but they do and I have NO doubts about this!!!

    Thank you a thousand times over is woefully insufficient, so thank you X infinity!! (Hope that’s enough!)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-16-2013

      Thanks so much Alice, I’ll take it! ;)

    • Deneen p
      Deneen p06-17-2013

      Is there a way to make the purée without a microwave??? I want to try this tonight :-)

      • Mellissa Sevigny
        Mellissa Sevigny06-17-2013

        Yes you’ll have to steam or boil the cauli until tender, then drain REALLY well to get as much water out of it as possible so your puree is nice and thick. Then puree it and bake it instead of microwave it to get the cheese melted. Hope you like it! I made some last night and at the leftovers for breakfast this morning! It never gets old for me! :)

  3. Sarah Tolson
    Sarah Tolson05-16-2013

    Um. Yes. Just yes. And I have all the ingredients!!

  4. Jeanette

    This looks very goooooooood

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-17-2013

      Thanks Jeanette, it really is! I’ve already made it several times in the last week and I just can’t get enough of it!

  5. buttoni

    This does indeed look amazing! I’ll be trying this one out SOON! Thanks for all your lovely recipes!

  6. Aubrie

    I make cauliflower pizza crusts and bread sticks, and they are so yummy! I take 1 cup of “riced” cauli and microwave so it steams itself for 8 min on high. Upon cooling, I add 1 cup cheese, 1 egg, italian seasoning. Mash and spread into circle on a cookie or pizza pan, and bake. Then add toppings and place under broiler. Voila, pizza!! A little EVOO spread on the crust helps it to “crust” and become golden.

    • helene

      oh MY, u may have hit on the way to make an ok substitute crust be amazing pizza!
      this my hardest part of vlchf eating…no pizza :(

      • Aubrie

        Helene, I forgot to add that you must squeeze ALL of the water our of the cauliflower with a clean dish towel before adding other ingredients! Makes a big difference. Have you thought of almond flour as a base for a crust as well? I can still enjoy my pizza these 2 ways :)

  7. Katie

    Hi Mellissa, the recipe looks delicious and I really want to try it out! However, I’m dairy-free. I have a great fake mozzarella cheese I use, but are there any substitutes you’d recommend for the cream and butter in this recipe?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-17-2013

      Try almond milk for the cream, and olive oil or any non dairy butter substitute that you prefer. Hope you like it!

      • Katie

        Sounds great! Thanks!

  8. Jen

    Wow! This is just what I was looking for! I have been craving peperoni pizza for some reason and voila! I might even try adding tomato sauce layer or some pineapple. The possibilities are endless. Thanks very much!!

  9. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    GiGi Eats Celebrities05-18-2013

    Wow, I WISH I could eat dairy! Ha Ha!

  10. mrsthomas

    My son (who is a great cook. . .and single :-)) roasted cauliflower before making “twice baked potatoes” for me for mothers day. I have to say – the flavor was outstanding. I am going to try the pizza idea; but roast (or bake) before pureeing.

  11. Ron

    I tried making this today. It turned out great. Very tasty. Although I couldn’t convince my children to try it instead of pizza.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-18-2013

      ha ha! I’m not a miracle worker, Ron! I never thought they’d eat this instead of pizza – but if you want to get your kids to eat their veggies, this is one good way to disguise them! :)

  12. Bon

    This was fantastic Mellissa. I don’t dislike cauliflower but normally it’s one of those “okay” veggies to me….this changed that. YUM! Nice and cheesy, fantastic texture. I’ve never pureed pepperoni before, what a great idea. I made it exactly as written except I added some minced garlic to the puree. I envision this as a very versatile recipe that you can adjust to your mood…perhaps blending in some Italian herbs, crushed red pepper or black olives…excited to think of the possibilities. Thanks!

  13. Pat

    This was a recipe to make right away and I did. I used frozen bag of cauliflower, microwaved til tender, then into the food processor. TOO EASY! And it tasted just fantastic. I had it as a full meal one night and leftovers were side dish to grilled meat. Speaking of meat, also love your “Meatball Mondays”. Thanks for the great recipes and your photos that make everything look so irresistible.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-20-2013

      Thanks so very much for the positive feedback Pat! I’m so glad you liked this recipe – it really is one of my new favorites!!! And I’m having a blast with Meatball Mondays! :)

  14. Lisa

    Hi. Planning to make this tonight. I don’t have a microwave, so am I ok to simply boil the cauliflower or would roasting be better? thanks so much in advance :)
    PS love meatball mondays :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-21-2013

      Thanks Lisa, working on next Monday’s recipe as we speak – so far so good! :) You can boil the cauli or roast it – if you boil it just make sure you let it drain for a few minutes to dry it out as much as possible so that the end result isn’t soggy. Hope you like it!!!

  15. Andrew

    Thanks for this recipe! I tweaked a couple things, but it came out really good! First, I used low-fat mozzarella, and in addition to the pepperoni, I threw in some black olives both in the puree and scattered on top. They added the salt I needed and made it look even pizza-ier! I’m forwarding this on to my mom now; she’ll enjoy it!

  16. Crystal Ibarra
    Crystal Ibarra05-22-2013

    Made this for dinner today…… It was a hit! everyone loved it. Such a unique yet familiar flavor. Delicious. Thank you!

  17. Big Dude Likes Food
    Big Dude Likes Food05-25-2013

    Tried this one out as dinner for the family Thrusday. Somehow I missed the bit about it being an appetizer, oh well. I just made twice as much.

    It turned out really good. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the consistency. Have you tried this without blending it smooth? I think some actual cauliflower chunks and maybe cubes of pepperoni may have improved the texture of this while still leaving the great taste.

  18. Satisfied!

    I just made this and omg i almost cried! it was SO GOOD literally the best thing i’ve ever had with a cauliflower
    i’m like so happy i’m rambling but whatever YOU MUST TRY IT IT’S SO YUMMMM

  19. Pattie


    O!M!G! This may be my favorite of your recipes yet. I used low fat mozzarella cheese and it was (still) so creamy and cheesy. I love garlic so I added some garlic salt to the puree. The only reason I had leftovers for lunch was because I packed away a serving before I ate it all! It warmed up nicely in the microwave.

    Thank you! You have saved me from a losing battle with pizza!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny05-28-2013

      I’m making some tonight Pattie and I’m going to try your garlic salt idea! I hope to be eating it within the next half hour – SO GOOD! Glad you liked it too! :)

  20. Angelina

    so excited! finally going to make this tonight!!

  21. Jennifer

    Is there a way to cook the cauliflower without using the microwave? This looks SO yummy, but I am no longer using the microwave. Thanks!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-02-2013

      You can roast or steam it Jennifer, the key is to make sure it’s sufficiently drained of all extra water so that your mixture is thick like potatoes and not runny/watery. Hope you like it!

      • Jennifer

        Thank you SO much for the quick reply!! Looking forward to giving this a try this week!

  22. lauren wood
    lauren wood06-06-2013

    this sounded so delicious so I tried it, but i totally messed something up. i followed the recipe but didn’t come out like a casserole, instead it came out like mashed potatoes, could you tell me what i did wrong?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-09-2013

      The bottom layer is kind of a mashed potato consistency – depending on how much you blend it, then you have the cheese and pepperoni on top. You could chop the cauli instead of pureeing it and mix it with the other ingredients, if you wanted it more chunky next time.

  23. Elisa

    Does it have a cauliflower taste? I want to try this but I hate the taste of cauliflower… or is there another veggie that I could use instead? Thanks :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-07-2013

      The cauliflower taste isn’t prominent at all – even my son who hates cauliflower liked this. That being said it’s hard for me to say if you’ll like it or not – I guess it depends on how much you hate cauliflower! As far as alternate veggies, I can’t really think of any off the top of my head that would have the right texture for this particular recipe. Even real potatoes would be weird I think. If you try it I’d love to know what you thought of it!

  24. Ana

    This looks wonderful, but I’m trying to think of a way to make it a vegetarian version without pepperoni. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • Ana

      ..and without fake “meats.” :) Maybe some spices I can put in it? No pepperoni on top is easy to sub with mushrooms or bell peppers…it’s the stuff you put in puree I’m wondering about.

      • Mellissa Sevigny
        Mellissa Sevigny06-07-2013

        The puree is really similar to my cheesy cauliflower puree – just with pepperoni in it and a different cheese. If you add mushrooms or bell peppers instead, you could use traditional pizza spices in the puree, and/or just omit the pepperoni and add some sauce and your veggies on top. Let us know how it comes out!

  25. SkellyShelly

    Delicious and easy! I love it!! Nice mild flavor and creative use of cauliflower. This is my new Friday night pizza! Yum!!

  26. Pat

    This has to be one of the most popular recipes you have created. I make this dish weekly and now use a frozen bag of cauliflower vs. fresh (often less expensive) and so much easier. And therein lies the beauty of this dish: totally easy, very flavorful, and can be a side or main event meal. When I crave pizza – I make this. Also, I haven’t changed a thing (yet) – I like it exactly the way it is, but I’m thinking of using this basic method to make a mock mushroom risotto using Parmesan Reggiano, butter, fresh sauteed mushrooms, little white wine, little cream..

    whatcha think?

    Thanks so much for a great blog. I get so excited when I see Blah Blah in my email Inbox.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-17-2013

      It’s definitely up there Pat, which cracks me up because it was totally unintentional! I love it though and make it all the time! I made a batch last night and ate the leftovers this morning for breakfast! Love it!

  27. Alli B
    Alli B06-17-2013

    I just made this for dinner and added a layer of tomato sauce to it. It’s amazing! I know what I’m making whenever I crave pizza!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-19-2013

      I still haven’t tried it with the tomato sauce yet Alli, but I’m going to make it soon! Love this dish, so glad you liked it too!

  28. Carrie

    Okay, followed the directions but only got about a cup of puree? Put it in my casserole dish and there is no where near enough to spread. Did I do something wrong? Feel like there should be much more.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny06-19-2013

      Sorry Carrie, you must have used an abnormally small cauliflower because you should end up with at least 2 cups of puree at the end. Either that or you over-trimmed your florets and left out too much of the stem pieces. I can’t think of any other reason why you would end up with so little puree out of an entire cauliflower. Hope it tasted good anyway! :)

  29. Laurie

    I lightened this up by using fat free half and half, light mozerella cheese and turkey peperoni. Delicious!

  30. amy

    I am going to make this in ramekins for easy portion control!!! So excited!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny07-04-2013

      Great idea Amy, and thanks so much! Hope you like this one, it’s still one of my faves!!!

  31. Renee

    Holy Cow my husband said he will try this! I better run out NOW and get the ingredients before he changing his mind because I am so trying this! Looks wonderful!! How can you go wrong with cheese?

  32. Jo Ann
    Jo Ann07-07-2013

    YOU ARE A GENIUS! No really.

  33. Abby

    So delicious! I added Italian seasoning, basil, oregano and a drop of ranch, then sprinkled crushed red pepper on top. My husband was very reluctant, but got seconds and we ate all of it! Thank you for such a great recipe and for putting it on myfitnesspal!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny07-11-2013

      Thanks so much Abby – glad that even your hubby got on board with it! Mine still hates all things cauliflower, but I haven’t given up hope that I’ll turn him around! ;)

      • McDonna

        Do you post all your recipes on MyFitnessPal?

        • Mellissa Sevigny
          Mellissa Sevigny07-23-2013

          No, I don’t even have an account – but I know some people have posted them there because I’ve seen the links. One of these days, after I get an assistant I will probably have them go do that, but for now I just don’t have time.

  34. Katie
    Katie @thecasualcraftlete.com07-15-2013

    This looks amazing! I’m always looking for ways to eat more veggies. Can you use fat free half and half or does it have to be heavy cream? Thanks! Can’t wait to make this.

  35. Mary

    I made this for lunch today as I am putting myself back in induction (Atkins phase one) to try to lose the last 20 pounds I have left…I added some scallions for a bit more “bite” and it is A. MAZE. ING! Since starting Atkins, my kids have decided that cauliflower is pretty much the miracle veggie! ;)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny07-22-2013

      It IS a miracle veggie, and at least your family appreciates that – I’m still working on mine! ;) Glad you liked it and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! :)

  36. McDonna

    Can you give me a suggestion on a healthy version of pepperoni? I *love* the taste of pepperoni, but when I read the label it sounds like a toxic waste dump. Help, please? Thanks! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny07-25-2013

      Some people use turkey pepperoni but I don’t know that it’s healthier since it’s still processed. Sometimes it’s just worth it. :)

  37. Bonnie

    Absolutely wonderful

  38. Healthy Gluten-Free Granola
    Healthy Gluten-Free Granola08-08-2013

    Good recipe, and an interesting use of cauliflower. It’s true that it may take some convincing for the kids to try it instead of pizza. Thanks for posting.

  39. Gail FC
    Gail FC08-13-2013

    I made this last night for dinner and HOLY CRAP IT REALLY WAS AMAZEBALLS!!!

    I did have a question, though: Have you ever tried freezing the leftovers? If not, do you think it would hold up okay to being frozen? I could make up a big ol’ pan and just eat this every day for breakfast, SRSLY.

  40. Tyffany

    This sounds like a great alternative to pizza. One question – what size pepperoni slices do you use? If that’s an 8 X 8 casserole dish in the pictures, I’m guessing you used the larger slices of pepperoni (about 3″ diameter)? Or did you use the smaller ones (about 1 1/2″ diameter)? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question, since I’m the only one to ask it, but it does seem like the size of the pepperoni would make a big difference to the taste and volume of the puree.

    Hope you monitor questions on old posts! I love all of your recipes and pin almost all of them, hoping to try them all eventually. Thank you so much for what you do!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-16-2013

      Hi Tyffany,

      Good catch on the size – I do use normal sized (1 1/2 inch) pepperoni, but for the food photos I usually scale down the size of the pans I use to make the photos more attractive and easy to style. That pan is about a four by four inch, which makes the pepperoni seem larger. Hope that helps! This is still one of my favorites – hope you enjoy it too!

      • Tyffany

        Thank you for the fast reply! I’m planning to try this recipe this weekend and need to buy some pepperoni.

        • Tyffany

          Just went back and looked at ALL the pictures again. The ones that include a fork make the size of the pepperoni pretty obvious! Duh! I had a feeling when I posted this question that I must be missing something.

  41. Melinda

    This was great! we added green peppers and unions to ours and it tasted just like a slice of pizza! Even my father who hates vegetables went back for seconds.

  42. Shayla

    I would love to try this recipe, I do not have a microwave though. (Crazy, I know) Do you think boiling the cauliflower would work with this recipe?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-19-2013

      Yes, just be sure to drain and squeeze as much moisture out of it as possible or it will be watery and runny. Enjoy!

  43. Joanna

    Having left overs for lunch at work. Someone at work said it smelled good after I nuked it in the microwave. They were shocked when I told them what it was. haha

  44. Rosemary

    I’m a vegetarian just learning how to cook and experiment with different recipes on my friends and their kids. I made this one last night, a meat and a vegetarian version with soy pepperonis. This was a hit and everyone loved it, and it was so easy to make! Thank you for giving me another much-loved recipe to add into my home’s menu of options :D !

  45. KayleneP

    This looks amazing and quite easy to make. I have to admit I just love my pizza so I will be definitely giving this recipe a try very soon!

  46. KellyM

    Do you think it would work just as well with skim milk instead of cream?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-07-2013

      It wouldn’t be as thick, but it would work Kelly!

      • KellyM

        I have to go the grocery store in the morning, so I will get cream. Let me try it as it should be before I play around with it! I am excited to try it, I love cauliflower and cheese! The pepperoni is just an added bonus! Thanks! New to this site, but I am intrigued, so many great recipes I would love to try.

  47. Janette

    I did something horribly wrong! It made such a little amount. I used a nice head of cauliflower and it cooked down to such a little bit. I got 24 pounds of cauliflower in my co-op, so I am going to use more cauliflower, maybe two heads and try it again tomorrow. I will have to say, my house smells edible right now ;)

  48. Angie

    I added Watkins pizza seasoning to the cauliflower purée. I backed it in my pampered chef small earthenware dish. Made a tiny amount. Was stellar spread on fresh baked gluten free bread.

  49. Deanna

    I bought all the ingredients before fully reading the recipe and I don’t have a food processor or blender! Any ideas on how I could tweak this to work? Man I was really looking forward to cauliflower pizza!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-23-2013

      If you make sure the cauli is cooked until it’s really soft, you can mash it with a fork or potato masher and it will be chunker than in a food processor but still delicious! Enjoy!

  50. Gail Cuthbert
    Gail Cuthbert09-30-2013

    OMG this is SO good! Something I never ever would have invented…so thank you!

  51. Anita Breeze
    Anita Breeze10-12-2013

    Your cauliflower recipes are life changing for me as I follow my Ketogenic diet! Every time I stumble across something amazing, it’s from this blog! Thanks for another good one.

  52. Taylor

    OMG! Just found your site today and made this tonight. It was so easy and delicious! I turned it into a more weight watchers friendly version, using FF half & half, light butter, and low fat cheese. Did one side with turkey pepperoni and the other side with caramelized onions. I ate two pieces for 9 points plus. So filling and so delish. So glad I found your site! Gonna do the Jalapeño one next !

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny10-21-2013

      So glad you liked it Taylor, and welcome to IBIH!!!! Love the caramelized onions idea!

  53. Charissa

    Just prepared this, going to pop it in the oven in about an hour but I can’t wait :D It looks great (although my oven dish is a bit too big… really need to get a not-tiny-but-not-huge pan at some point).

    Wonder what my guests will think of it :)

  54. Jennie

    This looks great but I live alone – do you think it can be frozen in portions?

    • Janette

      It freezes great for me!!

  55. Tracey Young
    Tracey Young12-13-2013

    I tried this for dinner this evening and it was awesome! Thank you!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-14-2013

      Thanks Tracey, so glad you enjoyed it! Still one of my favorites too!!!

  56. Alswife

    If anyone was apprehensive about trying this recipe please don’t be-it’s so delicious and I’m so very grateful for it. Thank you Melissa!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny12-18-2013

      You’re so welcome!! I STILL love this recipe and make it whenever I’m need of comfort food! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed it!

  57. Amanda

    Made this tonight, after being a follower and fellow low carber since Feb of 2012. Absolutely tasty! I say it every time I post – but thank you so much for making it easier to stay on the low carb wagon!

  58. Janet

    Made this for dinner last night. My husband says it is his favorite cauliflower dish now! Thanks so much Mellissa!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-13-2014

      Thanks Janet! I’m so glad it was a hit with your husband especially! Still trying to get mine on board with it! ha ha!

  59. Kathy

    Thanks! A friend made a tasty cauliflower gratin with gruyere cheese, and your recipe reminded me of that. I’ll be making it for dinner tonight!

  60. Sharon

    Thank you so much for the recipe! Do you think it would freeze/reheat well? I am about to try out some “once a month” cooking and need the low carb options for myself as well.

    Thank you so much!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-21-2014

      Hi Sharon – it reheats great from the fridge but I’ve never tried freezing it. If you do, I hope that you’ll report back and let us know how it worked! In theory I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze well – enjoy!

      • Sharon

        It freezes perfectly! I make a bulk batch and freeze in freezer/micro containers. I have been taking them to work the last couple weeks and it has been heaven!

  61. Tiffany

    I made this for dinner. It’s wonderful!! And took no time at all! I also used steamed frozen cauliflower and was super.
    Thanks for your blog. I’ve been eating keto for almost 3 years and you have such a variety. You do a fantastic job on this. :) xo

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-05-2014

      Thanks so much Tiffany, I appreciate that! And yes, frozen cauliflower is a lifesaver in this and many of the other recipes!!!! Glad you liked it, it’s still one of my favorites!!!

  62. Megan

    loved the recipe!! I added 1/3 c. black olives, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, plus extra pepperoni in the puree. It turned out great and very flavorful!! Was the perfect meal to serve my girlfriend after she had dental work done ;)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-23-2014

      So glad you liked it! And yes, the smooth texture would make it great for after dental work! :)

  63. Belenda

    As your resident vegetarian “pain in the ‘a**” groupie, I have to ask if you think any other meat substitute may work in this? Or just skipping the pepperoni all together? Not asking you to take on meat alternatives just for my benefit – but, trying to get in the protein with this great sounding recipe. I may just find one of the Morning Star Farms substitutes and make it up as I go. Hate using that stuff, but, for lack of other proteins, I use it occasionally. Thank you so much for all your hard work! I love your recipes!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-30-2014

      Hey Belenda, not sure which way to steer you on this since I haven’t tried any of the meat substitutes – you can definitely skip it, it will just change the flavor a bit! Let us know if you brave any of the subs out there and how it comes out – just in case any other vegetarians want to try it!!

  64. kim

    I started ketoing 7 days ago. Your site is fantastic. I will be making this recipe soon along with Brazilian shrimp stew. The crock pot chicken with lemon and parsley butter was very nice. Flax crakers taste like fish…blah. I will try again with more (alot) of seasonings.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-03-2014

      Welcome Kim and thanks! I think you’ll like this recipe a lot! As far as the crackers go, I understand. Flax has a very strong taste that some people just can’t get past. More seasonings will definitely help with that! :)

  65. Heidi

    My 16 year old daughter loves cauliflower and asked if we could make this. It sounded kind of weird, but we gave it a try today. I changed it a little by basically ricing the cauliflower in my food processor with some pepperoni slices, instead of puréeing it. I wanted it to have some texture. I dumped that in a bowl, and then mixed in a couple TBSP melted butter, salt and pepper, about 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup mozzarella, and about 1/4 cup Parmesan. I did not use heavy cream. It was good to eat just like that! I spread a little pasta sauce on top after spreading it in the baking dish, then topped with cheese, pepperoni slices, and a little more cheese. AMAZING! My 3 year old even liked it! Thanks!!

  66. Lisa

    This sounds delicious. I’m going to sub the pepperoni with spicy italian turkey sausage that I have on-hand. Looking forward to it!

  67. Brianne

    I really wanted to give this a go, but … cauliflower.

    I’m new to the low carb thing and while I really, really want to give it a go because I suspect gluten intolerance, I can’t do copious amounts of cauliflower due to hypothyroidism. Which sucks, because cauliflower is so cheap compared to, well, gluten free flours or thickeners, or any of that. Is there any sort of… equal… floury sub for cauliflower?


    Someone enjoy some of this for me!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-15-2014

      You might be able to try this using something like rutabega – totally guessing though as I’ve never tried it!

  68. Dawn+Miller

    I swear you are going to think I am a stalker because I am commenting on everything that I try! I’m not! But this is so fantabulistic that I had to let you know! I used Italian Seasoning while pureeing…only change. I LOVE THIS so much. This is recipe #5 I have tried and Imma likein’ it!

  69. Lesley

    I just made this recipe and put it into individual ramekins topped with pepperoni minis. Sooooo cute!

  70. Kate

    This dish is in the oven as I type and I am so excited to try it. I am pretty sure my husband is going to have a new favorite meal. I put a layer of marinara sauce between the puree and cheese layers. Wish I’d seen the comments about tossing in some olives before I put this together but I imagine we will have future opportunities to experiment with this dish!

  71. Sami

    i just got diagnosed with Celiac on Monday and I have been totally lost as what to cook, what to eat, what to not eat…. just kind of a nightmare. This was the first GF recipe that I decided to make and I am so glad that I did. This was AMAZING! Even my sister, who is totally opposed to veggies, fell in love with it. My toddler also ate every bite of his “mmm dis good mama”. Thank you! I will be trying more of your recipes.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-13-2014

      Welcome Sami – sorry to hear that you have Celiac, but I’m happy that it brought you to IBIH. I’m sure a diagnosis like that is hard to wrap your head around – so many “normal” foods you can’t eat now. The good news is that there are more available alternatives to all of your favorite gluten-laden foods now than there have ever been, so I’m sure you’ll adjust just fine! So glad that the whole family enjoyed this recipe – it’s still one of my favorites! :)

  72. jen

    i used low fat greek yogurt instead of cream, turkey pepperoni and low fat bacon bits instead of all pepperoni, low fat butter, – it was so good!

  73. Robin

    I see the approximate nutrition info. What is considered a portion?

  74. Jessic

    Just found this recipe on pinterest and made it tonight. Its amazing, it really is. I mixed in some olives and diced jalapenos and added more on top with some bell peppers and the only problem I have with it is that I could eat the whole pan.

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny09-27-2014

      Welcome to my world Jessica – portion control is the hardest part when it’s that delicious! Your additions sound yummy, so glad you liked it!

  75. Lynna

    Okay, I’ll admit I was a skeptic. HOWEVER, I made this for dinner tonight and it is soooooo friggin’ tasty! The husband has been a bit dubious of the whole low-carb thing, but he loved this as well. I’m already thinking up different cheese/meat/fish combinations. I cannot WAIT to start trying other recipes!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny10-14-2014

      Thanks Lynna! So glad that this dish won you guys over – hopefully you’ll like some of the other recipes just as much! Try the jalapeno popper cauliflower casserole, it’s at least as good as this one and you can throw in some cooked chicken and it’s a complete meal! Let me know what you think if you try it!!!

  76. Cynthia

    I tried this tonight and I have no idea what went wrong, but it ended up only being about 1 inch deep :( I used an 8.5×6.5 dish and I felt so defeated when I was making the puree and that was all it was producing. I followed instructions word by word. Bummer!

  77. Tony Daloia
    Tony Daloia11-19-2014

    Made this. It came out kind of wet. So I added some grated parm cheese. It was awesome. My son had it and asked if he could take the leftovers for lunch at work. This is one awesome cauliflower recipe. Thank you.

  78. Barbara

    I have made this three times in four days! This is now my favorite low carb meal. The last time I added sausage along with the pepperoni and it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-07-2015

      I never get sick of it either Barbara! I made a big batch the other day and ate it for lunch AND dinner yesterday! Will polish off the last of it today and will be sad when it’s gone! :) So glad you liked it!!!

  79. Amy

    Tried this recipe and it turned into a big pile of pizza mush. :( Not sure why! I did use wet mozarella and also pizza sauce. Could that be why? The puree just seems strange to me.. it was the consistency of sour cream. Where am I going wrong?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-12-2015

      Did you microwave your cauliflower to dry it out? If not then it would have been runny to start with and the sauce and cheese would have made it worse. That’s the pm,y thing I can think of – sorry it didn’t work out for you!

      • Amy

        Yes, did microwave it but microwaved it with the heavy cream also! Are you supposed to microwave the cauliflower by itself? Also, is the cauliflower supposed to be pureed to a more pasty type texture or is it still supposed to be fluffy?

  80. Carol

    I am a Dukan Dieter and always looking for something new. This struck me as something my very supportive husband and son (10) would like.

    I doubled the recipe to use as dinner. I pureed one head of cauliflower, adding about 4 oz mushroom, 2 thin slices of onion and about 1/4 cup homemade pizza sauce.

    I cut the second head up into florets and microwaved to a tender crunch. After blotting dry, I mixed the 2 cauliflowers together.

    In a 7×10″ pan, I put a smidge of pizza sauce and half of the cauliflower. I sprinkled about 4 oz. cooked turkey sausage, 1/4 c. crumbled bacon and 1/2 c fat free cheese. Drizzled more sauce and repeated. I shmooshed (yes, that is a word in my house) it down and baked at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before I served it.

    I kid you not – my son and husband fought over the last spoonful. this is definitely a keeper.

  81. Jess

    I am a returning-low-carber. After losing 100 pounds in 2009 I slowly and steadily regained through a high-risk pregnancy and some subsequent health issues. After putting off a re-start for WAY longer than I should have, I’m back on the wagon. This is absolutely a favorite recipe and I was thrilled to have this again tonight. I have made this many times, sometimes as-is, sometimes with a THIN layer of pizza sauce depending on my carbs for the day. I like to add in some garlic powder, basil, seasoned sale, & black pepper. But it’s just as good without. Seriously, this is amazing and addictive and LEGAL on a low carb plan. Thank you thank you!

  82. T.L.

    I made it this afternoon and it came out really well! It still had a strong cauliflower taste, though, so I didn’t care for it (I was hoping I could trick myself into eating it, but alas). Still a great recipe!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny01-23-2015

      I am super sad that this didn’t win you over to the joys of cauliflower. I will not be defeated….stay tuned. :)

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