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Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin (Video)

Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin is definitely a treat for low-carb comfort food and this is one of my personal favorite casseroles! 

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I created this Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin on a January day a few years back when I wanted some low-carb comfort food. I had ham and cauliflower in the fridge, and thoughts of Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower gave me the idea for this casserole with lots of cauliflower with ham, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, Parmesan, green onion, and cheese. I’d love this delicious low-carb dinner for a cold winter night!

Of course I had to include this one when I updated my collection of 20+ Delicious Low-Carb and Keto Casserole Recipes recipes. There’s not much I don’t love about low-carb casseroles, but one of the biggest reasons I love to make them is the way they guarantee leftovers. And most low-carb casseroles also freeze well, including this one. (Did you know there’s a recipe index page for things that Can Freeze? I love to pull dinner out of the freezer when I don’t want to cook!) This Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin has been wildly popular; hope you enjoy trying it if you haven’t made this one yet!

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How to Make Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin:

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  1. You need at least 6 cups of cauliflower, cut into small pieces.
  2. Cook the cauliflower in boiling salted water until it’s just getting soft; don’t overcook.
  3. Drain the cooked cauliflower well (at least 5 minutes).
  4. While the cauliflower cooks, cut up two cups of ham.
  5. Soften cream cheese in the microwave for a minute or so, then mix in the Greek yogurt (or sour cream), Parmesan, and sliced green onions.
  6. Mash the cauliflower slightly (in the pan you cooked it in) then stir in the sauce mixture so it’s completely mixed with the cauliflower and gently mix in the ham.
  7. Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper.
  8. Spray the baking dish with nonstick spray or olive oil, put the casserole mixture in in the dish, and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and starting to brown and the mixture is hot throughout and starting to slightly bubble.
  10. Let sit about 10 minutes for any liquid in the dish to be absorbed, then serve hot and enjoy! This will keep in the fridge for a few days and reheats well.

Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin would taste great with Peperoncini Chopped Salad, American Greek Salad, or Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan for a low-carb meal.

More Tasty Low-Carb Ideas with Cauliflower:

Roasted Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives, and Pine Nuts ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice ~ the Food Charlatan
Low-Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon and Green Chiles (Instant Pot or Stovetop) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garlic and Paprika Roasted Cauliflower ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cauliflower Tortillas ~ Recipe Girl

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin

Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

This Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin is definitely a treat for low-carb comfort food.


  • 6 cups raw cauliflower flowerets, cut fairly small
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (for water to cook cauliflower)
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (see notes)
  • 2 T finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (see notes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Fill a medium-sized pot half full with water, add 1/2 tsp. salt, and start to bring to a boil.
  3. Cut up the cauliflower into small flowerets, discarding the leaves and core.
  4. Put cauliflower pieces into the water and cook at a low boil until the cauliflower is starting to get barely sort. Check it often and don't overcook; the cauliflower will soften more in the oven.
  5. While cauliflower is cooking, cut the ham into very small cubes and slice green onions.
  6. Put cream cheese into a glass dish or measuring cup and soften it in the microwave for a few minutes. (Or you can soften it on top of the pre-heating oven if you don't have a microwave.) When cream cheese is soft stir in the Greek yogurt (or sour cream), Parmesan, and sliced green onions.
  7. When cauliflower is cooked enough to start to soften, pour into a colander placed in the sink and let it drain well (at least 5 minutes; don't rush this step)
  8. Put the drained cauliflower back into the pot you cooked it in and mash with a potato masher until it's barely mashed with quite a few chunks left.
  9. Stir in the sauce mixture and combine well with the cauliflower; then gently mix in the diced ham.
  10. Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper. (I didn't use salt because the ham and the Parmesan are both salty.)
  11. Spray glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray or olive oil. (I used a glass casserole dish that was about 8" x 10".) Pour cauliflower mixture into the dish, spread out evenly, and sprinkle with the cheese.
  12. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned and all the mixture is hot throughout and starting to bubble. Let sit 10 minutes for any liquid to be absorbed, then serve hot.
  13. I am assuming that this freezes well, but I still haven't tried freezing it because I never have any leftovers.


You can also use sour cream if you're not a Greek yogurt fan; yogurt has just slightly less carbs. Definitely use more cheese if you'd like!

This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Twice Baked Cauliflower.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 855mgCarbohydrates: 7.7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole Au Gratin as shown would be suitable for low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diets. If you’re wanting it to be suitable for the South Beach Diet they would recommend lean ham, reduced-fat cream cheese, fat-free Greek yogurt, and low-fat cheese.

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    183 Comments on “Low-Carb Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin (Video)”

  1. Cristy if you use the lower fat ingredients like I did you can definitely eat this for phase one. Some people have suggested replacing the lowfat cream cheese with an equal amount of Laughing Cow cheese, which would make it even lower in fat.

  2. I just found your website by accident and I am so glad I did. Struggling with the 'same old' SB phase 1 recipes, it's nice to find some fresh ones. I am going to try this, and several other recipes from the site, this next week.

  3. YES! I want to eat this right now. Are you sure this is phase 1???

  4. I made this last night and it was delicious! I was getting stuck in the chicken breast and green beans rut and this casserole was a welcomed change! Thank you so much for your awesome recipes!

  5. Thanks for the nice feedback everyone. I like the idea of replacing the cream cheese with Laughing Cow.

  6. I know this will be good! I tried the teice baked cauliflower and loved it, who wouldn't like it with ham!

  7. That looks so sinful but when you dig apart the layers it is made very thoughtfully. I love 'responsible cooking'! Very nice.

  8. Kalyn, a delicious recipe as usual. I don't often use fresh cauliflower, but rather the frozen florets. Is there anything I should do differently when using frozen cauliflower rather than fresh?

    • I don't think I would make this with frozen cauliflower. Since the frozen cauliflower is pre-cooked I think it would be overly done and probably too watery by the time it was done. (Let me know if you try it and I'm wrong, but personally I would use fresh cauliflower.)

  9. Hi Kalyn, looks like a great recipe – and I have everything in my Fridge! I think, I try and use a piece of The Laughing Cow (light Queso Fresco – I like it spicy) for part of the Cream Cheese, because its lowfat and low in Sugar and Cholest.
    Let you know, how it went.
    By the way, I made your Roasted Cauliflower With Red Bell Pepper, Green Olives… again a few days ago and it vanished in no time.

  10. The recipe says that it makes about 6 servings. One reason I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight was because I didn't want to have to count the calories, carbs, or points for everything I ate. Since I'm not calculating that information for my own use, I'm not able to include it for recipes on the blog.

    • Hi Kalyn–

      Long time reader – thanks so much for your great recipes – you really make South Beach doable and delicious! I've noticed you get a lot of questions about the nutritional stats of your recipes. I'm guessing these requests are from people like me – I'm doing the SBD but need the extra accountability of logging food when I'm in the weight loss phase (this is my second go-around with this diet; I originally lost over 40 lbs., but life happened and I gained it back).

      ANYWAY, that was a long way of saying that Calorie Count (http://caloriecount.about.com) has a really nice recipe analyzer. I've used it many times to analyze your recipes and it's easy to use (in fact, much easier than it was even a year ago). Thought some of your readers might be interested to know about this – it's a free site and just as robust as some of the meal planning/logging sites you have to pay for (been there, done that).

    • Wendy, we are thinking alike because I recently found out about Calorie Count and added a link to the frequently asked questions page for the blog! Thanks for sharing here as well.

    • Cool! I love the site. There's a little bit of a learning curve, but it's not too bad and there's lots of community support and whatnot.

      BTW, my daughter made this recipe for our family last night and paired it with the Kale & Romaine Caesar salad – I had the leftovers of both for lunch today. This recipe is outta the ballpark (and so is the salad – SO yummy)! Thanks again!

  11. Oh. My. Goodness. I just made your Cauliflower Gratin with Sharp Cheddar last week and my DH was bowled over. This sounds amazing and I can't wait to try it!!! Thank you so much from those of us who try to trim our DH waistlines!

  12. Looks wonderful! How many servings does this make and what are the nutritional facts (calories, protein, fat, carbs) per serving?

  13. I am loving all of that cheese!

  14. Thanks Brenda, Joanne, and Deborah!

    The recipe makes about 6 main dish servings, but a moderate serving meant to be eaten with a green salad or some vegetables on the side. I haven't tried cooking with laughing cow, but I'm guessing it would work. The wedges are not one ounce though, they are .75 oz. so you'd need about 5.5 wedges to equal the same amount as the cream cheese. If you try it, would love to hear how it works.

  15. Looks delicious! The recipe "makes about 6 servings" — is that main dish or side dish servings? Also, could I use 4 laughing cow wedges in place of reduced fat cream cheese?

  16. I just finished making my way through a whole ham (last of it is in the slow cooker right now!), but now I'm wishinig I had more! This looks fantastic!

  17. I feel like this is the time when some willpower starts to wane, so yes comfort food is necessary! Bring on the cheese and cauliflower!

  18. I can't wait to try this! Looks amazing and has so many ingredients that I love.