Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake – Low Carb

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November 13, 2016

A creamy cheesy broccoli and cauliflower bake

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 45 mins
  • Yields: 5 side serves


500g bag of mixed broccoli and cauliflower pieces (or fresh cut yourself if you prefer)

200ml of cooking cream

1 cup grated tasty cheese

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

A shallow cooking dish that fits inside your slow cooker for ease of serving (see notes below)


1Place approx 1 inch of warm water in the cooking bowl of your slow cooker - but ensure the water level is not high enough that it could flow INTO your cooking dish when it is placed in the water bath to cook - adjust water level as necessary

2Take the cooking dish and prepare the following INSIDE this dish

3Pour broccoli and cauliflower into the cooking dish

4Mix cream with tasty cheese and pour over the vegetables in the cooking dish

5Carefully lower this filled cooking dish into the water bath in your slow cooker bowl

6Place tea towel on slow cooker using The Tea Towel Trick

7Cook on HIGH for 1hr 30mins or until vegetables are fork tender

8At this point scatter the Mozzarella cheese over the top of your vegetables and return to cooking for another 15mins until cheese on top is well melted

9Lift the cooking dish carefully out of the slow cooker bowl

10Use large spoon to serve.

11ALTERNATE METHOD: I also cook this recipe directly in my 1.5L slow cooker bowl or 3.5L also. It works just as well this way too. I cooked on HIGH in the 1.5L cooker for approximately 2hrs as it's not as spread out so needs a little more time I found 🙂

Submitted by Paulene Christie


24 Reviews

Lisa Smallridge

August 27, 2022

This is actually amazing. I fiddled with mine, used frsh cauli, broccoli, carrot and leek, plus frozen corn and bacon. I dropped the fresh veg into boiling water for about three minutes to drop the cook time as I didn’t start until nearly 4pm and we like to eat early. I used 300ml cooking cream and 1 and a half cups of grated cheese. Cooked straight in 3.5 litre slow cooker.

Judy Coombe

December 26, 2021

Without a doubt this is the easiest cauli/broc bake ever. No mucking around with rue, milk etc. I added a bit of Dijon mustard for a bit of oomph. Loved it.

Kylie Handley

January 31, 2021

This is one of my favourite slow cooker side dishes. I give it an A++++ as there is so much flavour and so easy. I cooked it directly in the SC bowl because I hate washing up lol. Thanks Paulene for another great recipe 🙂


January 10, 2021

Absolutely delicious!! Thank you so much Pauline. Big hit with my family and my parents who we had over for a Sunday roast. I used the alternate method and cooked it on low for 4 hours. I also used the tasty cheese on top as I was out of mozzarella. Will definitely be doing this again. Thanks again. 😊

No cream cheese is different. It’s like a spreadable white cream that’s used to make cheesecakes etc.
Tasty cheese is similar to cheddar cheese

Serena Bryant

December 7, 2020

Is is cream cheese the equivalent to cooking cream? And what is tasty cheese?

Carolyn Clarke

July 13, 2020

I used 300ml Nestle cooking cream, added carrot batons to the broccoli & cauliflower + added diced bacon, really enjoyed the dish

Michelle Sykes

June 28, 2020

Yum!!! Everyone enjoyed this, even the broc/cauli haters cleaned their plates. It’s on my favourites list!


June 2, 2020

This was yum! My kids aren’t big broccoli lovers but all 3 devoured this and declared this is the only way they will eat it now!

Tanya geisel

June 16, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable vegetable side dish, easy to make. Served with baby back ribs and mash potato. thanks Pauline!😁

Denise Renner

June 13, 2019

New fav here too. Cooked it for the first time last week. 🥦🧀🍴🤤 Request from a very fussy eater.


June 11, 2019

This has became a family favourite. So much so, it was requested twice by the kids in less than a week! It’s so versatile. I just add whatever vegies need to be used up.

Hi Sheryl, so by water bath I just mean sitting the cooking dish you are using in 1-2cm of water under it to avoid dry cooking a ceramic slow cooker bowl 🙂 The tea towel trick is explained in detail HERE 🙂

Sheryl Tai

May 21, 2019

Can you please explain what is the water bath and using the tea towel,
Ive only cooked beef vege soups and not used to trying anything else. Very interested in trying other reciepes

Darren Comley

January 5, 2018

I love this and do it often. I do it straight into a 3.5 sc with light oil spray. Tonight i added a bit of extra broccoli and cauliflower, 3 spring onions and chopped 4 rashers of short cut bacon. It needed a bit more liquid so I added 1/2 cup chicken stock. So magnificent

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 27, 2017

The tea towel trick

And the water bath is just shallow water with the dish sitting in it to save dry cooking in a ceramic cooker bowl


December 20, 2017

Just wondering what the tea towel trick is and the water bath plse

Darren Comley

December 16, 2017

I really really liked this. I’ve been very basic with my sides (rice or potatoes) and suddenly cant eat too much potato, so have been searching for some alternatives. Here is a great one … easy, tasty, cheesy, cheap, filling. I can see myself doing this many times.

Don’t see why not
I use Bulla brand cooking cream

Rebecca Hughes

August 11, 2017

Hi can i ise philledelphia cooking cream for this please

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 19, 2016

Sure – it just may need less time though cooked directly in the slow cooker bowl so keep an eye on it first time to be sure 🙂


December 19, 2016

Can you please tell me….if I only have a small slow cooker, can I make this directly into the sc bowl? I assume no water used then? Thanks 😊

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 21, 2016

I’ve not tried to yet to able to say with certainty but I think that perhaps between the cream in the sauce and the softened veg after cooking it may not look the best or have a great consistency once frozen, defrosted then reheated? If you try though do let us know 🙂


November 19, 2016

Would this freeze well?

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