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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

This Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower is easy, healthy and absolutely amazing. Just don’t forget the flavorful, crispy bits on the bottom of the pan!

“Brown food tastes good.”

I’m not certain if that’s the exact quote from Anne Burrell that’s been in my head for the past few years but that’s how I remember it. It’s something I’d known for some time already but, for some reason, the way she put it was so simple and clear that it really resonated with me.

What she’s talking about is caramelization. Getting a good brown crust on whatever it is you’re cooking. It’s why you brown your meat before slow cooking it, why you sear over high heat then finish in the oven and why you typically should always roast vegetables at a higher temp – it gives food flavor.

parmesan roasted cauliflowerI’ve never been a huge cauliflower fan – I could take it or leave it – but this parmesan roasted cauliflower recipe has officially converted me into solid lover of this white vegetable (although the purple variety is really pretty, have you seen it in stores? What a pretty presentation it would make to use both purple and white in this recipe)!

The steps from start to finish are few – cut up the cauliflower into small florets, toss with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, season well with kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper. Roast for approximately 45 minutes, tossing every 15 or so to make sure that all sides get nicely caramelized. Add some parmigiano reggiano (or a less expensive parmesan if you don’t have it on hand) and roast for another five minutes. Voila! You have delicious parmesan roasted cauliflower with very little effort.

It is SO. GOOD.

parmesan roasted cauliflower

parmesan roasted cauliflower

You can serve your parmesan roasted cauliflower with a little marinara sauce on the side if you wish but it’s fantastic without it, too. I also recommend getting those florets good and small – the smaller pieces get the crispiest and have the most flavor.

If you’re trying to get more vegetables in your diet or are just looking for a delicious new snack or side dish – try this parmesan roasted cauliflower recipe! I promise you that it will make your mouth happy :)

parmesan roasted cauliflower

parmesan roasted cauliflower

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Yield: 4 servings

This Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower is easy, healthy and absolutely amazing. Just don’t forget the flavorful, crispy bits on the bottom of the pan!

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower (broken down into small florets)
  • 2 – 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmagiano-reggiano (or less-expensive parmesan, whatever you have on hand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil on a baking sheet. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for approximately 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes, until cauliflower is soft and nicely caramelized. Toss with parmesan and roast for another five minutes.
  4. Serve as-is or with a side of marinara sauce.

Things You’ll Need

Sheet Pans
Sheet Pans A large sheet pan changed my cooking life once I started roasting my cauliflower and other vegetables. These Nordic sheet pans are economical, durable and they have a great choice in sizes.
OXO Spatula
A good spatula A good spatula cannot be underrated! I love all things OXO and this spatula is no exception. I especially love that it’s heat-proof to 600 degrees.
Masher and Ricer in One
Masher and Ricer in One! No, you don’t really need this to make Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower. However, I love this little tool so much that I had to mention it. I’ll often roast vegetables then mash them up and this handy tool makes them smooth without much effort (even this recipe). One of my favorite kitchen tools!
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[…] food fanatic, too…those things don’t always jive so well. I’m addicted to my Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower which definitely fits the bill…but I can always find a way to take things one step […]

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Thursday 5th of January 2017

I have 1/2 head of cauliflower in the fridge that is quickly going bad. This is the PERFECT way to use it. Thank you!

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Saturday 7th of January 2017

Awesome! My pleasure :)

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Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Hey Kristy! Felicia here! Loving your blog!!

Chanced upon this parmesan roasted cauliflower recipe and would love to include it in a cauliflower roundup for Community Table!

If you're ok with it, can I use one of your photos with a link back to your original post

Thanks dear!

Felicia

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

Of course, Felicia! Thank you for asking and it would be my pleasure. Cheers :)

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