When you need a simple and filling dinner, make this ground turkey and cauliflower rice casserole. It's filling, creamy, and really low in carbs!
💛 Why you'll love it
The first bite you take of this ground turkey cauliflower recipe will convince you how amazing this casserole is.
Who knew cauliflower rice and ground turkey could taste so delicious together?
When you begin cooking recipes for meal prep, keep this recipe someplace safe. It reheats really well and tastes delicious even the next day.
This low-carb ground turkey casserole is a complete meal in one dish. It's savory, rich, and creamy. It's easy enough for first-time cooks and basic enough for experienced cooks to change up.
The ingredients in this ground turkey cauliflower casserole are pretty simple. In fact, you might just have all of them in your refrigerator or freezer right now.
Here's a bit more information about what I used!
This ground meat has a really light flavor that allows the cheesy sauce to have the boldest taste.
I used an entire head of cauliflower to make my own fresh cauliflower rice. If you want to save yourself time, use some frozen cauliflower rice.
In addition to the freshly ground black pepper and salt, you'll also need some garlic powder and onion powder.
Heavy whipping cream
You will also need some heavy whipping cream in order to make the sauce thick and creamy. Use full-fat heavy cream for the best results and to keep it low-carb.
For the shredded cheese, use a combination of cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
You'll also need some cream cheese. Be sure to use full-fat cream cheese as well for the best results.
Either salted or unsalted butter will work in this recipe!
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Make the cauliflower rice ahead of time. Store the cooked cauliflower rice in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Add extra cheese on top. The more cheese you use, the better it will taste.
- Make it as spicy as you want. My recipe is pretty mild, but it has a lot of room for creativity.
This ground turkey cauliflower recipe is really simple. Here's a bit more information about how to make it, along with some photos of each step.
Brown the turkey and spices
Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat with a wooden spoon. Keep cooking it until it is completely browned.
Add the other ingredients
In the same skillet, stir in the cauliflower rice, cream cheese, butter, heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup cheddar, and ¼ cup mozzarella cheese.
Pour into a casserole dish
Pour the turkey mixture into a prepared casserole dish. Spread it out evenly.
Bake the casserole
Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Then, bake uncovered for about 30 minutes. This is just long enough for the cheese to melt beautifully.
🍽️ Serving suggestions
This ground turkey cauliflower casserole is an entire meal, so you don't really need to add very many side dishes along with it!
It is an absolutely delicious low-carb meal by itself, but if you want to add something, make a low-carb green beans recipe. The flavors and colors go really well together.
This will also taste good with some stuffed bell peppers as a side dish!
There are a lot of different ways to change this ground turkey cauliflower recipe. If you make any changes, please let me know how you liked it in the comments.
Instead of ground turkey, use either ground chicken or ground beef. If you use ground beef, drain the grease really well so that the casserole doesn't come out greasy.
You can also use olive oil instead of butter.
Use spaghetti squash in place of cauliflower rice. This change will increase how many carbs your recipe has, and it will give it a different texture, but it will work.
For a different flavor, add some soy sauce or coconut amino - this gives the casserole an umami flavor that's pretty incredible.
If you want to increase how much fiber the casserole has, mix in chopped bell pepper.
Adding tomato sauce will increase the number of carbs, but it will also make it taste slightly sweeter at the same time.
Finally, garnish with fresh parsley and chopped green onion at the very end.
The entire recipe for this ground turkey cauliflower is in the printable recipe just a little bit further below. First, here are some questions people often ask about how to make it.
If you don't see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
No, brown rice and white rice both have way too many carbs to be a good idea on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. This is why I made cauliflower rice and used it instead.
If you want to make your own cauliflower rice, you will need a food processor. This cauliflower rice recipe will take you through the entire process.
Store leftover ground turkey and cauliflower rice casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. After about three days, the quality will begin to deteriorate.
Yes, this is a freezer-friendly casserole. Just combine all the unbaked ingredients in a freezer-safe casserole dish and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil.
Keep it in the freezer for up to six months. When you are ready to enjoy it, let the casserole thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, just bake it like normal.
📚 Related recipes
If you enjoyed this ground turkey cauliflower recipe, then here are some more keto casserole recipes you should make next. They are perfect for dinner or meal prep.
- Keto Taco Pie will satisfy your cravings for Mexican food and will feed an entire family.
- Keto Cabbage Lasagna makes enough to feed a crowd, but you can scale it down or freeze it in smaller baking dishes.
- Southwest Casserole is made with ground beef and is another delicious casserole loaded with Mexican flavor!
- Hamburger Cabbage Casserole is covered in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce and reheats well for meal prep.
- Keto Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is a tasty and easy meal that is perfect for any night of the week.
Ground Turkey Cauliflower Casserole
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 small head cauliflower rice (2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Rice the cauliflower, if needed. The riced cauliflower does not need to be cooked first.
- Brown turkey in skillet and sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Once browned, add in cauliflower, cream cheese, butter, heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup cheddar, ¼ cup mozzarella. Stir well to combine.
- Pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
- Bake 30 minutes.
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