Looking for a very simple two-ingredient side dish for dinner that uses the healthy vegetable cauliflower? This is the easiest most delicious side dish ever! This Cauliflower Cheese Bake Salsa Con Queso is just that and it’s so good I could eat the whole head of cauliflower all on my own. It’s. That. Good.
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This recipe could not be any easier or quicker for prep. And it’s seriously the best way I’ve ever had cauliflower. Ever. If you want something simple that will get even your kids, or your picky cauliflower-hating spouse, to eat cauliflower, this is your dish.
This dish is so easy to prepare, I love making this recipe because it gets us to eat another vegetable at dinner. Being a busy mom, blogger, and author, I need easy options for recipes and this is as easy as it can get.
Ingredients Needed for this Cauliflower Cheese Bake
To make this recipe you literally need two ingredients, the third is optional and not totally necessary, but it’s water so it’s simple. Keep scrolling down to easily print this recipe. Look for the printer icon.
You will need:
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 15 oz. jar salsa con queso dip
- 1 Tbsp. water, optional
That is it!
Directions for How to Make Cauliflower Cheese Bake
This is easy. So easy. Ridiculous easy. Simply wash the cut the stem and leaves off the cauliflower head. Wash it. Dry it. Add the optional 1 Tbsp. water to the baking dish. Place the cauliflower head into the baking dish. Pour the salsa con queso dip over the cauliflower head to fully coat it. Cover the baking dish and cook at 400 degrees for 1 hour, spooning cheese over the cauliflower head halfway through to baste. Cut into slices and drizzle with salsa con queso dip from the baking dish and serve.
When to Serve this Cauliflower Cheese Bake dish
This vegetable side dish is great for lunch, dinner, or a party. It would also be delicious at a holiday party for family and/or friends. Even kids will like this vegetable recipe, if they like cheesy queso dip, that is. They don’t have to like cauliflower because this tastes so good. It’s really beyond scrumptious!
It would work great alongside a grilled meat entree or as part of a vegetarian meal. As a vegetarian, I could probably eat the whole head by myself as my main dish. See. I really like it. And I think you will too. It’s a great way to consume the healthy veggie cauliflower.
Salsa con queso makes a delicious and convenient cheese sauce. I love the little bit of spiciness from the salsa in the prepared cheese sauce. Salsa con queso is a favorite dip at my house. So when I used it as a cheese sauce topping, the vegetable side dish was a huge hit. Putting cheese on a veggie is always delicious!
Try this recipe variation. Simply add a carton of fresh sliced mushrooms to this dish. It’s good just like that or we even love it over pasta. So very delicious and so very easy.
Looking for more cauliflower dish ideas?
I hope you enjoy this cauliflower dish. More cauliflower in your diet is always a good idea as it’s such a healthy high fiber food. It’s a very versatile vegetable that works great in many recipes, as seen above in my other recipes using cauliflower as an ingredient.
Eat well and enjoy life!
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