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Loaded Mashed Cheesy Pancetta Cauliflower

Course Side
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 @ ½ cup
Calories 229kcal
Author Brenda Bennett Sugar-Free Mom


  • 32 ounces cauliflower or 2 pounds
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces pancetta diced
  • 8 ounces smoked gruyere
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese divided
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • ½ cup chopped scallions


  • Cut off stems of cauliflower and steam florets until tender.
  • Place in a food processor and add butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Process until smooth, no lumps.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook pancetta in a saute pan over medium high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towel.
  • Place pureed cauliflower in a bowl and stir in half of each kind of cheese. Save remaining cheese for topping.
  • Stir in pancetta, save some pieces for topping.
  • Stir in scallions and save some to sprinkle on top when serving.
  • Grease pan with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Spread mixture evenly into dish.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of the mixture.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling on the edges.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle with extra pancetta and scallions before serving.
  • Enjoy!


Net Carbs: 1.9g
Brenda's Notes:
  • You can use frozen cauliflower if you don't have fresh on hand. Just steam as you would with fresh florets and continue with recipe as follows.
  • If you don't have pancetta, just use regular uncured, nitrate free bacon.
  • You could use any cheeses you like. Not a fan of gruyere, try gouda or smoked mozzarella.
  • Not sure about the differences between sugar free versus low carb, check out this post for more info.
  • This recipe was first published in January 2016 and updated with video in Nov. 2018. 


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.9g | Protein: 13.1g | Fat: 18.8g | Saturated Fat: 9.7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g