Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower

Crock Pot Cheesy Cauliflower

Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 166)

It’s easy for me to fall into a rut where preparing vegetables are concerned.

So, when it came time to cook a huge head of cauliflower that had been sitting in the fridge for a while, I went out looking for a new way to prepare it.

Of course, I wanted something easy that I could make in the crock pot.

This slow cooker cheesy cauliflower with bacon caught my eye, so I decided to give it a try.

And then I remembered how Mom would toss a couple slices of American cheese into her pot of just drained cauliflower to melt back when I was a kid.

Unfortunately, most cheese doesn’t hold up well to long hours in the crock pot.

Condensed cheddar cheese soup is another story.

I realize cooking with canned soup is totally uncool with the 100% real foods and trendy, hip cooking crowds, but I don’t care. I’ve never been cool and cooking with canned soup can be fun and easy. And I’ve reached the age where cooking needs to be fun and easy if I’m to keep doing it :-)

With just 4 ingredients, this slow cooker cheesy cauliflower is an easy, delicious side dish that requires minimal effort. Just toss everything into the crock pot and let it cook for a few hours, until the cauliflower is tender.

If you’re looking for a tasty way to get your family to eat more vegetables, this slow cooker cheesy cauliflower may just be the trick.  Who can resist cheese and bacon? Even Rod, who isn’t a huge cauliflower fan, thought it was good.

The most difficult part this recipe is cutting the cauliflower into florets. I’ve included a video at the end of the post to help with the fear factor, but if it seems like too much work, you could always use frozen cauliflower instead.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower
 
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Easy, light and delicious, this slow cooker cheesy cauliflower recipe is a great way to brighten up dinner with little effort.
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets (or 16 ounces frozen cauliflower)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) light condensed cheddar cheese soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request)
  • 1 tablespoon instant tapioca (for thickening)
  • ¼ cup crumbled real bacon bits
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 3 to 4-Quart
  2. Grease the inside of your slow cooker.
  3. Place the cauliflower in your slow cooker.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir together the soup and tapioca and spoon over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon bits.
  6. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours or on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or until the cauliflower is tender.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/2 cup): 55 calories, 1.6 g fat, 7 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 3.2 g protein and *1 Points Plus

Source: adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

If you liked this recipe for Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower you might also like:

Slow Cooker Potato Cauliflower Soup
Light Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
Slow Cooker Roasted Broccoli

*PointsPlus® for slow cooker cheesy cauliflower calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets

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“I have a firm believe that food and life are really simple, we just insist on complicating them.”
~ Christie Jordan (Southern Plate)

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Comments

  1. Charlene Crowder says

    Hi. I am really enjoying your website and your slow cooker series.
    This recipe is in my Crock Pot right now. Would you mind sharing what brand tapioca you use? I looked for it in the store and wound up buying Kraft Minute Tapioca in an 8oz box. I’m thinking that it’s not instant. :( Are you talking about a little box like Jell O instant pudding? Hopefully what I used will “cook.”

    • says

      Hi Charlene,

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you are enjoying the website and slow cooking series. I hope you enjoy the cauliflower.
      Kraft minute tapioca is exactly what I use!! Makes me think I’ll write about this in a future post to clear up any confusion.

      • Charlene Crowder says

        Oh, great! I’m glad I had the right stuff.
        The cauliflower was fabulous. Honestly, I can’t recall if I’ve ever actually cooked cauliflower before. I couldn’t find any light cheese soup at Kroger today…so I just used the regular and accounted for the extra WW points. I’ll have to look at other supermarkets to see if they carry the light version.
        Thanks so much!

  2. margaret says

    sounds great plan to try this week. I always buy the pre packaged cauliflower floretts found in the produce dept. Publix has them on sale this week 3bags for$5 I have also bought them at Wal Mart.

  3. Theresa says

    I am looking forward to making this. When I use the cheese soup, do I mix it with water or milk first or just use it strait from the can?

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