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Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake

You guys, this low carb sour cream beef bake is outta this world amazing!

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It’s the kind of casserole that you can eat boat loads of without feeling super guilty because it’s low carb. It’s full of amazing flavor, it’s easy to make and the ingredients list is minimal. As a result, I want to make it all the time. It’s my new favorite low carb casserole recipe!


The inspiration for this recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman’s sour cream beef bake recipe. The Pioneer Woman has some crazy good recipes on her site. For example, her macaroni and cheese is a mound of cheesy comfort-food deliciousness. In addition, her sour cream beef bake is one of the best casserole recipes I’ve ever had. The first time I had it was courtesy of a friend of Ken’s aunt and uncle. Said friend made it for the family as a kind gesture after Ken’s dad passed away.

After our neighbor had her baby, I made the casserole for her family. They loved it so much that they made it again a couple days later!

So about my recipe. I wanted to create a low carb version of the sour cream beef bake. After a short brainstorming session, I decided to use cauliflower rice instead of egg noodles.  OMGEEE. My version turned out incredibly amazing. Pasta? Who needs pasta when you have cauliflower rice.

I’ve made this recipe twice, the first time being half the size of the recipe I’m sharing with you today. I doubled the recipe the second time I made it because I wanted leftovers to last for a few days.

Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake



  • You can cut the recipe in half.
  • It’s watery right out of the oven. Let it sit for a while or refrigerate overnight to firm it up. Reheat to serve. (see below photo that was taken after refrigerating overnight. Nice and firm, easy to slice!) UPDATE: I made this a few more times and used cheese cloth to squeeze water out of the cooked cauliflower rice. This method helps make the casserole less watery!
  • You can use ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork or any combination of those meats in this recipe.
  • Questions? Feel free to send a message to me or leave a comment below.

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Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake

Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 12oz cauliflower rice
  • 1.5lb lean ground beef
  • 15oz can of tomato sauce (I make sure no sugar is added)
  • 1/2 C sour cream (I use full fat)
  • 1 1/4 C cottage cheese (I use full fat)
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese (I shred my own)
  • 1/2 C sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place the cauliflower rice in a 2.5 quart baking dish. Microwave 4-5 minutes or until tender but not mushy. After cooking, set aside (leave in the casserole dish). **See notes below or in post for removing excess water from the cauliflower rice.
  3. In a large skillet or pot, cook the ground beef over medium high heat until browned, 7-10 minutes. Drain and stir in the tomato sauce, salt and pepper.
  4. In a mixing bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and sour cream. Mix in the sliced green onions.
  5. Pour the sour cream mixture into the cauliflower rice (that's in the casserole dish) and mix well.
  6. Pour half of the beef mixture over the cauliflower rice mixture. Spread with the back of a spoon to even. Top with 1 C of the cheddar cheese.
  7. Repeat with the remaining beef mixture and cheese, ending with the cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.


If you prefer browned cheese, after baking broil on high until cheese is bubbly and browned. Serving size is approximate. The casserole makes 8 portions of the casserole - divide the casserole into 8 equal portions.

Use cheese cloth to squeeze the water out of the cooked cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296 Total Fat: 15g Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 2g Protein: 32g


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237 comments on “Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake”

  1. This beef bake looks so good! I have baked a similar version, and will try your recipe.

  2. Great recipe. I tried this recipe yesterday and loved it. I loved this. Even my kids loved it. And they are hard to please. Thanks!!

    Rating: 5
  3. Girl, you are a low carb angel. This looks SO good, and love that it won’t totally drown me in guilt. Saving for sure!

  4. This looks SOOO good. I hate to say that I’m getting tired of steak but…. there it is
    I’m going to try this today! I can’t wait I’ve been craving lasagna and I think this will surely satisfy that AND my non-keto family!
    Thank you Julie

  5. What is the carb count per serving?

    • Hello,

      I just calculated the carbs using My Fitness Pal. The carbs are estimated to be 7g per serving. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. This is much like my low carb lasagna recipe but I use ricotta and chop up zucchini and add to it. I know many people use cottage cheese in recipes like this. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am new to this type of cooking, so my dumb question is “what is cauliflower rice”? Thank you, I want to try this right after the holidays.

    • Hello,

      Cauliflower rice is cauliflower processed into small pieces similar in size to rice. You can make it yourself by either finely chopping the florets of cauliflower with a knife or using one of the shredding attachments of a food processor. Many stores now sell prepackaged cauliflower rice. Trader Joes sells it in the produce section. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I will be glad to help. :)

      • I used a regular cheese greater. I pulled large sections off, holding the stalk, I started with the sides then the top. I didn’t great the stalks. Went much faster then I expected.

  8. Have you ever subbed the cottage cheese for ricotta?

  9. Cant wait to try…..i just made mashed calitatoes for the first time the other day, told my husband i didnt mash it enough so he wouldnt guess. It worked! Next stop calirice!

  10. My mom used to make something similar to this with egg noodles. I’ve been craving it but didn’t want to derail my low carb diet. I thought about using zucchini but can’t wait to try the cauliflower rice instead!

    • Hi Becca,

      I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

    • Becca the anither started that it wad from a recipe from Pioneer woman and she used egg noodles in it , but to make it low carb she used cauliflower rice. I bet it’s the original recipe your mom is using.

  11. Do you think this will freeze and reheat okay?

  12. Stupid question What is caulitatos

    • Cauliflower mash. You can put cream cheese and butter into a well cooked cauliflower and whip it up like mashed potatoes. So yummy. 

  13. Made this last night it was super delicious, it will be on my regular rotation! Thanks for all you share for us low carb lifestyle people.

    Rating: 5
  14. This looks delicious. Do you happen to know how many net carbs ?

    • Thank you. I calculated it on My Fitness Pal and came up with 7g of net carbs. This is an estimate based on what My Fitness Pal gave me after I put in all of the ingredients into their recipe nutrition calculator. I hope this helps!

  15. Found this in my Yummly search for low carb and couldn’t be happier that I did! It’s delicious and filling. It was my first time using the cauliflower rice and it won’t be my last. Really creamy. Thank you!!!

    • This is absolutely delicious and my boyfriend and I really love it. I do have a question though, what about all of the sugar in cottage cheese and tomato sauce? It’s not added sugar but it’s still sugar. Does that work with Keto? 

      Rating: 4
      • I am not a Keto expert but you would have to take into account your total macros for the day and make sure to adjust carb intake as needed to make sure you don’t go over your daily carb goal.

  16. I just made this recipe today. I tried a little out of the corner of the dish. Sooooo good. But as you said watery. Is that because of the cauliflower rice. I bought mine at the store frozen.
    I am going to try your trick. And refrigerate over night. Do you reheat in the oven or microwave?

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Barb,

      I’m glad you like the recipe! The water is from the cauliflower rice. When I halved the recipe there wasn’t as much water because there was less cauliflower. You may reheat in the oven or the microwave. I’ve reheated both ways and both were fine. Reheating will cause it to become watery but it wasn’t as much as it was just out of the oven. Enjoy!

      • You can use a tea towel to press out the water from the cauliflower rice after you cook it. I am going to try this recipe over the weekend. It sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This was very good!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, Tracy! Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know. :)

      • I will be making this tomorrow, looks so good. I am going to try to bake my calif lower rice on a cookie sheet first to maybe help with the extra water that people are talking about. I hope this helps

        • Hi Amy,
          Let me know how the recipe turns out. You can always squeeze out the excess water by placing the cauli-rice in a cheesecloth, as per the notes in the recipe. :)

  18. Can you use the frozen cauliflower rice if so how would I incorporate that in that cooking time also can you leave it out if you don’t like cauliflower rice ( I’ve never tried it but I’m willing) thank you

    • Hello Melissa,

      You may use frozen cauliflower rice however; I would recommend thawing before using in the recipe. I think using frozen will cause it to be more watery. But don’t hold my word to that – I’ve never used frozen so I cannot say for sure how it will turn out. I do not recommend leaving out the cauliflower rice because it is the base of the recipe. The sour cream and cottage cheese is mixed with the cauli rice. Leaving it out would result in a dish similar to meat sauce and cream. Give the cauliflower rice a try. It’s really not bad at all. :)

    • I buy Gteen Giant frozen aisle riced cauliflower and adore it, stir fry a little in skillet to avoid any water issues. PS they make a sweet potato/cauliflower rice that is also fabulous and so convenient from frozen!

      • Mine didn’t turn out watery in general and I used the frozen cauliflower rice. After I scooped some out though, it was watery in the spot that I took a piece from. The rest of it held up nicely. I’m going to try stir frying it next time. Oh and they also have mixed broccoli and cauliflower rice, but I think the cauliflower rice works better for this recipe (haven’t tried the sweet potato mixture since I’m doing low carbs).

  19. I made it was very good . Can you please tell me howmany carbs on recipe ty.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Diana,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! I used My Fitness Pal to calculate carbs and came up with an estimated 7g of net carbs. Hope this helps! :)

  20. I made this tonight. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because I don’t care for cauliflower. It was so delicious! I did add garlic powder & a little oregano to the meat sauce. The BEST low carb recipe that I’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot. I’ve been eating low carb for over 25 years(with a few breaks).

    Rating: 5
    • HI Betsy,

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe and am blushing over here…thank you for the wonderful comment! The additions of garlic powder and oregano sound great! I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment and a review of my recipe. Much appreciated. :)

  21. Hi! I’ve never been a fan of cottage cheese… do you think I could just add extra sour cream instead or would that mess up the texture?

    • Hello,

      The texture wouldn’t be the same without the cottage cheese. You cannot taste cottage cheese because the other ingredients blend well to give it great flavor; however, if you cannot bring yourself to use cottage cheese (trust me, I get it!) then you could try using softened cream cheese instead. I do not know how it will turn out but if you try it, please let me know how it works for you! :)

    • Try using Friendship cottage cheese (I like the pot style in the orange container and there’s also 4% California style, but I’m sure any of them would work). It’s all natural with no guar gum or other fillers like other cottage cheese has in it.

  22. Can you tell me the macros for this recipe?
    Calories? protein?  fat? carbs-7

    Rating: 5
  23. Thought this was a great recipe. My GF made it and we let it sit for a day, held its shape quite well.
    Since you calculated the macros on MFP, would you add the recipe to the database? I looked for it, couldn’t find it, thought about entering it, and decided it’d be more appropriate for yo uto do so.
    Thanks for posting the recipe!

    Rating: 4
  24. What’s the best way to reheat? I have it in the oven now in the morning so I can fridge it to firm up and reheat for dinner. Back in the oven whole at same temp or individual pieces in the microwave? Anyone have suggestions?

    • Hello, you can reheat either way. I’ve done both – in an over at 350 for about 10 minutes or in the microwave for a minute. You can microwave longer if you prefer. I do 1 minute because I don’t like my food extremely hot. Hope this helps!

  25. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Hope the rest of your wee is fabulous!

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  27. This looks like something my boys would love and I’m tempted to try a vegan version! Love how you say ‘boat loads’ I’ve never heard that – we say ‘shed loads’ ! either way loads without feeling guilty is a bonus! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday, don’t forget to add your links in so all your readers can see where you’re partying this weekend! :)

    • I’ve never herd “shed loads”! What would you use in place of the meat and cheese to make this vegan? I hope you enjoy the recipe should you give it a try!

      • Aha, too many choices! For the beef I would use soya mince or vegan Quorn mince maybe with some red split lentils too, or I might try diced mushrooms or aubergines or both! For the sour cream I’d probably make a cashew sour cream or even try a tofu sour cream, skip the cottage cheese and use grated vegan cheese or mozzerella. Oh, I’ve made myself hungry now… experimenting for dinner! ☺

        • Awesome! Let me know how it turns out. I have some vegan and vegetarian friends who would probably enjoy a vegan/vegetarian version of this! :)

  28. Awesome casserole recipe! I’m on the Keto diet, and I cannot wait to put this on my dinner table!

    • I hope you enjoy the recipe, Rachel!

    • I did try this recipe, except reading that it would be wet, I decided to cook my meat and sauce a bit longer till it thickened and I added 1 egg to the cheese sour cream mixture. It heels together beautifully. My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. I can see thatI can make several variations of this and they will be amazing.
      Examples: Taco flavoring or seasoning package and Tex Mex cheese.
      Lasagna type by using a mix of sausage & Hamburg, Italian seasoning, garlic, mozzarella, parmesan and maybe provolone cheeses alternating layers. I think they will be amazing!

  29. I am going to use broccoli instead of cauliflower!! I can’t stand cooked cauliflower in any way, shape or form!! I think zucchini would be good too, but then my husband would turn his nose up at it!! Thanks for the great recipe idea!!

    • You can’t even taste that it’s cauliflower when it’s done, even though it smells like it before you mix it all together. It tastes like rice after it’s all mixed up. It was my first time using frozen riced cauliflower.

  30. Gosh, this looks so yummy!! Can’t wait to add it to our menu plan! I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit in our family!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

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  32. Your Low Carb Sour Cream Beef Bake is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    Rating: 5
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  35. I have never heard of a sour cream beef bake. It looks delicious and I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Can’t wait to see what you are up to this week.

  36. I love cheese and this looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. This dish is very good….but mine came out very soupy!  I followed the directions exactly but it never set up. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. 

    • Hi Kat! It will be pretty watery due to the cauliflower. I think a previous commenter has a little tip for pre cooking the cauliflower to reduce the water. Did you try refrigerating the casserole before slicing? That really helps it set nicely. I am happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you so much for letting me know. I appreciate it!

  38. I made this today and it was delicious!! The only change I made was to add Italian seasoning to the beef along with the salt and pepper. This is a keeper!! Yum!!!

    Rating: 5
  39. Do you have a suggestion for tomato sauce?

  40. Hi Julie

    Would I be ok using a 9×13 glass baking dish or is that too large?

  41. Thanks so much for a great recipe!! I tweaked a few things and it came out amazing!! Since several people commented on it being watery, I threw the cooked cauli rice into a skillet for a few mins on med heat to dry it out a bit. Also, I subbed ricotta instead of the cottage cheese, used half ground beef and half hot pork sausage, added some mozzarella and parm cheese to the ricotta/sour/cauli rice mixture, used a low carb marinara instead of strait tomato sauce and used half cheddar half mozzarella for the cheese on top. It turned out soooooo good. Tastes just like lasagna…dont even miss the noodles. My family loved it!!!

    Rating: 5
  42. Thank you so much for an amazing recipe!   
    I’ve been stuck on one thing for months, seriously.  

    Made this tonight and couldn’t wait for it to cool.  

    While cooking meat I added some cut up zucchini and onions.   
    I chose to use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese.  
    I used frozen riced cauliflower.  Cooked in the microwave, cooled it off a little, and squeezed the dickens out of it! 
    Put it in a clean cloth and just kept squeezing.   

    Fantastic and so satisfying.    I don’t feel like I’m living on bacon and dry burgers.  

    Rating: 5
  43. Delicious! I subbed ricotta for the cottage cheese (because I had it on hand) and instead of green onion I used sliced olives and it was SO good. We’ll have to fight over the leftovers tomorrow because I made 1/2 recipe.

    Rating: 5
    • Delicious! I subbed ricotta for the cottage cheese (because I had it on hand) and instead of green onion I used sliced olives and it was SO good. We’ll have to fight over the leftovers tomorrow because I made 1/2 recipe. I also want to say it didn’t come out soupy or watery, I made it a couple hours early, let it cool, sliced it, then reheated.

  44. This recipe is soooo good. I’m not a cottage cheese lover and I’m able to eat this with no problem. 

  45. How much is 1 serving?

  46. Made this today, delicious!

    Rating: 5
  47. This recipe was so easy to make & tasted amazing! I made it with 1 lb lean ground beef and 1 lb ground pork.

    Rating: 5
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  49. This was very good!

    Rating: 5
  50. This recipe looks delicious but I’m just curious why you would want to use lean beef and then use full- fat sour cream. If you are doing a low-carb or ketogenic diet, get all the fat you can!  I will try it out very soon.  

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  53. Great recipe! I’ve made it several with different variations each time. Our favorite is using all cream cheese in place of the sour cream and cottage cheese (neither of which my 16 month old can eat, but cream cheese and cheese are fine luckily!). It creates a sweeter base much like ricotta. I also add flax to the meat and tomato sauce mixture and it helps greatly with the watery texture while still hot. Very very yummy! The baby and I just enjoyed a big piece!

    Rating: 5
  54. This was so delicious. I have made it a few times now.

    Rating: 5
  55. Quick, easy, and delicious! My husband had 3 helpings! He’s Type II diabetic and convinced “if it tastes good, I can’t have it.” I love proving him wrong with tasty, low-carb meals! Can’t wait to try more of your low-carb recipes!

    Rating: 5
  56. Yum!
    Delicious and  easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    Rating: 5
  57. I made this yesterday, amazing!

    Rating: 5
  58. So good! Taste a lot like lasagna. I spiced my beef up with chili powder, smoked paprika, seasoning salt, and pepper.
    We will be making this again!

    Rating: 5
  59. Looks good, planning to make it. Question: what is the serving size for those nutrition facts? Did I miss it? I’ve read over it a few times and can’t find it.

    • Hello, per the instructions the recipe makes 8 servings. Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal based on dividing the casserole into 8 equal portions. As noted in the recipe instructions, calculations may not be exact. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  60. This recipe was amazing! Super delicious and I could eat my fill. I have gestational diabetes and ate about 2/3 of a row and my blood sugar was 85 an hour after the meal. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!!!

    Rating: 5
  61. I mad two changes. I added an egg to the cauliflower mix to help gel it up. Also added 3T of home made taco seasonings to hamburger mix. Good. Gonna add chiles and olives next time and squeeze out cauliflower. Then it will be AWESOME. 

    Rating: 4
  62. Definitely delicious and easy. My daughter could not quit eating it.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Carrie! I am so happy that you and your daughter enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know! :)

  63. Yes I made this last week and again tonite. My wife and I absolutely love this meal. Thank you. 5 stars for me

  64. So I made this and loved it! My husband is such a picky eater and it didn’t go well with him. His face was priceless with disgust. Luckily one of my friends is a healthy eater and is going to help me eat these 2 quarts 🙃

    Rating: 5
    • LOL! That is kinda funny. He didn’t like it so it just means more for you, right?! Thank you so much for leaving a comment and rating to let me know you enjoyed the recipe, Deidre. I appreciate it! :)

  65. Delicious!  Made this for dinner, it’s a keeper.  Couldn’t tell that it was cauliflower!  Yay. Thank you! Glad to have a ground beef recipe.  

    Rating: 5
  66. I just made this. I never used riced cauliflower before and was skeptical, but this is delicious!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi LJ! Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know you enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate it and am so happy you liked the recipe! :)

  67. What is considered a serving size?

    • Hello, the serving size is approximate. The casserole makes 8 portions of the casserole – divide the casserole into 8 equal portions. I hope this helps. Thank you!

  68. I did try this recipe, except reading that it would be wet, I decided to cook my meat and sauce a bit longer till it thickened and I added 1 egg to the cheese sour cream mixture. It heels together beautifully. My husband and I enjoyed this recipe. I can see thatI can make several variations of this and they will be amazing.
    Examples: Taco flavoring or seasoning package and Tex Mex cheese.
    Lasagna type by using a mix of sausage & Hamburg, Italian seasoning, garlic, mozzarella, parmesan and maybe provolone cheeses alternating layers. I think they will be amazing!

    Rating: 5
  69. Deanna,
    To correct the wateryness, I cooked down my sauce and meat mixture until it was thickened and I added 1 egg to the cheese sour cream mixture. It came out amazing!

    Rating: 5
  70. THIS. CASSEROLE. IS. AMAZING. The bottom layer tastes just like hash brown casserole! We can’t get enough of it. This will definitely be in a regular rotation for Keto meals for us. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. We used frozen cauliflower rice and steamed it, didn’t need to drain liquid or anything. Made as written and it was perfect. Thank you for this, seriously! 

    Rating: 5
  71. This dish was amazing!!!!! I wasn’t quite sure how it would taste. I am soooooo pleased that I tried it. I used frozen Cauliflower, I cooked it in the microwave. I put a few small holes in the bag and let it drain as I prepared the rest of the recipe. Oh my this was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  72. This is great! I’m low-carbing while bf is reducing calories and fat. Subbed full fat greek yogurt for the sour cream and cut down that and the cottage cheese a little. Also cut down meat to one pound and added shredded zucchini, then mixed in some broccoli with the cauliflower. Freakin’ awesome, thank you!   

    Rating: 5
  73. Bad covered or uncovered,thanx.

  74. I made this yesterday for dinner. Yummy! We ate the leftovers today, even more delicious!! My man loved it too! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any other easy keto dinner recommendations? I am new to this WOE and am looking for new things to try.

    Rating: 5
    • Hello! If you search “low carb” in my search bar you will find more recipes! I also recommend checking out the blog Healthful Pursuit. It’s all about keto living and keto recipes!

  75. Wow! When I went low carb, what I missed most was lasagna. This recipe hss solved that problem. Thank you so much for posting. Best low carb recipe I have tried. Like one previous reviewer, I sauteed the riced cauliflower and had no problem with watery ingredients. This is so yummy! You have given us a truly delicious way to eat low carb

    Rating: 5
  76. I made this with ground turkey and added sautéed mushrooms on top. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
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  78. I have noticed that if I rice the cauliflower, spread it in the pan and bake it for 15 min as a crust before putting all the other ingredients on top that excess water isn’t a problem. Of course it depends on the recipe… :)

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  82. It was delicious!!!!  I fed 10 people and it was all gone because they scraped the pan!  Thank you.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Tina,

      Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and a review. :)

  83. I made this for dinner last night as we are trying to limit our carbs. My husband and son were less than thrilled. The basic recipe is ok but it’s quite bland. There’s literally no seasoning other than salt and pepper.  Maybe with the addition of some fresh herbs would help. 

    Rating: 3
    • Hello,
      I am sorry the recipe didn’t work for you. Many people, including myself, love this recipe and find it quite tasty. Perhaps you could try adding your favorite seasonings to better suit your taste. :)

  84. Can you sub the cottage cheese. Not a fan:( what would you suggest?

    • Hi Jennifer, I have never made the recipe with anything but cottage cheese so I can not answer that. You cannot taste the cottage cheese though-it just gives the recipe a creaminess when paired with the sour cream!

  85. I am on low carb life forever I think and I am always looking for something different. I made this last night and brought leftovers today. It’s really quite ridiculous how excited I am for it to be 12.

    Rating: 5
  86. Just want to ask a question here. In place of the cottage cheese, how much ricotta cheese would you use? I tried cottage cheese in a regular recipe, and wow, it sure was watery. That’s when I changed over to ricotta cheese, which is very thick. In fact, when I used that, I hand to mix it up with an electric hand mixer in order to be able to spread it in the pan.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe out, but will do it with the ricotta cheese instead. Thanks for posting . Sandra

    • Hi Sandra, I have never made the recipe with Ricotta cheese so I cannot answer that question. Did you squeeze the water out of the cauliflower rice? If you place it in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the water, that should reduce the water. That tip is in the instructions. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thank you!

    I added zucchini and squash to this recipe & it turned out amazing!

    Rating: 4
    • Great additions to the recipe, Lisa! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for leaving a comment and a rating. I appreciate it. :)

  88. I don’t like cauliflower rice at all so can I go ahead and use the egg noodle and if so how much?

  89. I just made this and it’s terrific.  Loads of good flavors without the extra calories of actual rice or pasta. The only thing I added was some garlic powder.

    The hint to use cheese cloth was so helpful.  That cauliflower didn’t look like it was watery after I cooked it but the second I squeezed it in the cheese cloth, I learned otherwise.  I let it sit after initially squeezing it and did it a couple more times as I got everything else ready.  I think this would have been way too watery w/o this step.

    This recipe is a definite keeper!

    Rating: 5
  90. It was easy to make and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  91. Do you have the originator recipe with the noodles? I will share this with friends though who will really appreciate the low carb and the cauliflower rice version for health reasons.

    • It’s on The Pioneer Woman’s website. If you Google search “Sour Cream Beef Bake Pioneer Woman” you will find it. :)

  92. This was SUPER YUMMY…and easy to make !! Thanks Julie !!!! 😀

    Rating: 5
  93. Delicious and easy!

    Rating: 5
  94. I just made this tonight, and it is sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
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  97. I made this recipe last night and it was delicious!! I actually didn’t have cottage cheese on hand so I substituted for ricotta and it was amazing! I also let it sit overnight and had it for lunch today and it wasn’t watery ar all. Will definitely be making again!

    Rating: 5
  98. I made this tonight for the family and it was ok. Maybe I had very high expectations because of the comments, I keep feeling like maybe mine is wrong somehow? I followed the recipe exactly as written but I don’t understand how mine wasn’t as great as all the others? I am indifferent about cauliflower, not my favorite but I can tolerate it, but the taste of the cauliflower really rang through with this and I don’t know why? Do you have any recommendations for something I could sub for the cauliflower? Thank you for any help! I am on Keto so I have to eat low carb otherwise I would have done rice :(

    Rating: 3
    • Hi Christy,

      Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know you tried the recipe. Maybe the cauliflower flavor was too strong because you do not like cauliflower? Maybe you could try adding some additional seasoning to the cauliflower mix. If that doesn’t work, maybe try with zucchini noodles – cook them first though and then place them in a cheesecloth and squeeze to get rid of some of the water. Please let me know if you try with the zucchini noodles. :)

      • Thank you, I will try zoodles! I don’t hate cauliflower and make it in quite a few of my recipes, including mashed cauliflower, but there was something off about the dish because the cauliflower just seemed accentuated in it. Do you think it could be because I used frozen riced cauliflower that I had steamed in the bag beforehand? I also made sure to get the extra water out of it after steaming but it was still overpowering in the dish. Thanks for your reply!

        • Hi Christy,

          I have used frozen cauliflower and I didn’t notice a strong cauliflower taste. I think it just may be your taste preference. :) Let me know if you try the recipe with zoodles!

  99. I changed the recipe a little by using enchilada sauce instead of straight tomato sauce the 2nd time I made it and it kicked butt.
    I cut a little hole in the bag of the riced cauliflower and ring the water out that way. So much easier!
    Love this low carb recipe, one of my FAVS!!!!!

    Rating: 4
  100. I made this recipe twice so far and me and my husband love it! Next time I make it I’m going to let it set for a day. I was just wondering how I would track a serving? Carb Manager tracked it as 6g for one serving. I know you said you came up with 7g with My Fitness Pal. Does what I came up with sound ok?

    Rating: 5
    • I think what the calorie trackers calculate will depend on what brands are selected in the calorie tracker. I think tomato sauces differ by a carb or two depending on the brand. And if a brand that includes sugar was used, it would come up with more carbs – I used a sugar free brand so I am not sure why mine shows more carbs than yours but I think you are probably ok with what you came up with. The calorie calculators probably aren’t 100% accurate. Hope this helps!

  101. Excellent!!! I did make a couple of adjustments. I patted the cauliflower rice between paper towels. I added an egg to the sour cream/cottage cheese mix. Used garlic tomato sauce. And because I love cheese and extra half a cup of cheddar went on top. The casserole set beautifully!!! The taste…delicious!! Five stars with the tweeks! 

    Rating: 5
  102. Mine came out too liquidy.. letting it sit to see if it will firm up.. idk where I went wrong.

    Rating: 3
    • Hello Emily, did you follow the recommendations such as placing the cooked caulirice in a cheesecloth and squeezing to remove water?

  103. So delicious! I didn’t have cottage cheese so I substituted cream cheese, and added some carmelized onions to the cauliflower rice mix – that layer tasted like scalloped potatoes. And I didn’t have quite enough ground beef so added in some mushrooms. My husband loved it too, and we’ll definitely make it again

    Rating: 5
  104. I am from Texas. I like the recipe because it only calls for salt and pepper, which is very bland. This time I added Mexican seasonings. It was very good. Next time I may go with Italian seasonings. The recipe is very versatile & easy. I will make it again.

    Rating: 5
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  106. This is one of my familys favorite recipes. Super easy and doesn’t require tons of ingredients.  Kids compare it to lasagna.  

    Rating: 5
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  108. Tasty. Good low carb alternative.

    Rating: 5
  109. Loved your recipe here!  So simple and not extremely time consuming so thanks!  I didn’t have any cauliflower so used zoodles in the mix(much squeezing required) and it was delicious.  Thanks for having a great meal available for these Keto folks!  

    Rating: 5
  110. I thought this recipe was not good at all. 

    Rating: 1
    • Hello,

      May I ask what you did not like about it? I may have some tips for making it more suited to your tasted.

      Thank you.

  111. Just made this and it came out delicious!! I did tweak a few things, used seasoned salt with ground turkey, and cooked out the liquid from the riced cauliflower on the stovetop instead of microwaving and had no issue with extra liquid after baking. This recipe is so easy, quick, and scrumptious! Definitely will be saving this for future use!

    Rating: 4
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  114. Hi. This looks like a very easy yummy dish. I was wondering …what if you just make the cauliflower rice yourself like you stated someone else, but instead of cooking it then adding it to the dish, just add the cauliflower to the dish uncooked. That way when it cools with the meat and cheese it just soaks up the juices from the cheese. Maybe not so mushy? What do you think?

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I think it will be too watery made that way. I’ve made this many times now and tested different methods – placing the cooked cauliflower rice in cheesecloth and squeezing out the extra water works best!

  115. After being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, I went looking for low carb, low sugar recipes. I found this and it looked both hearty and satisfying. I made this last night and added a little garlic powder and homemade Italian seasoning (lightly) to the meat mixture. I also used a cheesecloth and really wrung out the water out of the cauliflower rice well. After I took it out and let it rest a little I tried it and it was really good. Put the leftovers away and had some today, and, OH MY, it was SO Good! After the flavors meld together overnight, it’s sensational! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes you share. 

    Rating: 5
    • The leftovers are always better because as you said, those flavors meld together! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Johanny. Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know.

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  117. Thank you so much!! (*+*) (v) Loved this recipe!! So delicious!!! Instead of cauliflower rice, I opted to use minced bell peppers and my husband was over the moon!! He keeps asking me to make it once a week.

    Rating: 5
  118. I love this recipe. I used 1 tsp Creole Seasoning instead of salt & pepper. Will definitely make again.

    Rating: 5
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  127. Omgggg. I just made this but subbed spaghetti squash for the cauliflower and it was AMAZING! So easy and fast to whip up too! Will definitely make again! 

    Rating: 5
  128. Thanks i have a 9 year old diabetic who loves to cook . and this is definitely something she will enjoy at 7 carbs cant hirt right …

  129. I made this recipe and it was really good! Very filling! I used ground turkey. I look forward to playing around with the recipe next time. I plan to add  jalepenos and cilantro because I love Mexican food so much!

    Rating: 4
  130. Has anyone tried it without the cauliflower?

  131. This is delicious. I added some salsa spices and hot sauce to the tomato sauce and let that marinate for about an hour before cooking. I also doubled the cauliflower. It was amazing.

    I’ll keep this in the rotation.

  132. Tried cooking the cauliflower first and it was nice and fluffy prior to mixing it per the recipe.  The sour cream and cottage cheese is what made mine a little liquidy.  Overall, great recipe.  Great flavor.

    Rating: 4
  133. Could I use 1lb beef and 1lb ground sausage? 

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  137. I have made this casserole several times and my husband can’t believe it is low carb and yet so satisfying. We just started the Keto diet this month and are very pleased to include your recipes as one of our regular rotations. I do add Italian blend herbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder and some pepper into the tomato sauce and ricotta cheese is substituted for the cottage cheese, over sliced precooked zucchini squash and we don’t even miss the pasta. It tastes like old fashioned lasagna, only it’s better for us! I have also used an equal mixture of ground pork and ground beef, which works well with the Italian seasonings. Thank you so much for such an easy to put together and tasty ‘diet’ meal :-)

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  140. I added some dry Italian seasoning to the beef mixture. Can’t wait toll it cools!

    Rating: 5
  141. This was yummy! Even my crazy-picky 5 year old liked it! He said it tasted like a cloud. haha I ended up using ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese because I didn’t have any on hand (and I personally prefer ricotta to cottage every day of the week). Also added a little bit of garlic powder to the ground beed. Keeping this one on file. Thanks!

    Rating: 4
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  143. Thanks for the delicious low-carb recipe. I used Hunts’ tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano. I didn’t add quite the amount of salt called for. It was very good.

    Rating: 5
  144. Is flower rice. Just cauliflower boiled. Ty

    • It’s cauliflower that’s been “riced” or cut into tiny pieces to resemble rice. You can buy it frozen in the grocery store or make your own with a head of cauliflower – Easiest way to make it is to cut the head of cauliflower into florets and then put it through a food processor using the small shredder attachment.

  145. Love this recipe!! Its a family favorite

    Rating: 5
  146. I have this cooking in the oven right now for dinner tomorrow and can’t wait.  When you reheat the casserole, do you slice it and heat it in the microwave or put the whole dish in the oven or microwave?  Thank you!

    • Hi Roberta,

      When I reheat I just slice and heat in the microwave. If I was going to reheat all of the leftovers to feed a group, I would place the whole dish in the oven and reheat – 350 for about 20-30 works. If you bring the casserole to room temp before reheating it will heat quicker. Enjoy! :)

  147. What is one serving size considered to be?

    • Hi, the information is in the notes. I’ve copied and pasted it here for you. “Serving size is approximate. The casserole makes 8 portions of the casserole – divide the casserole into 8 equal portions.”

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  151. I’ve made this a couple times before. Since I don’t do cauliflower anything I made cabbage noodles and then followed the recipe from there. I always add more spices to our taste and make noodles separately for the rest of the family. It’s very good. 

    Rating: 4
  152. Can you cook this in a crock pot? I am currently in a home with no stove and was thinking of putting it into the crock pot for an easy meal.