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Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

    Roasted cauliflower boasts flavorful parmesan, fresh herbs and seasoning for a mouthwatering bite. An easy, nutritious side dish your family will love.

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    What tastes better: Boiled asparagus or roasted asparagus? Sautéed sweet potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes? You get the point. Roasting is the perfect alternative to grilling veggies, so if you’re not currently taking advantage of this cooking method, you should start.

    close up of roasted cauliflower with parmesan

    The method is simple. All you need to do is drizzle your vegetables of choice with olive oil, fresh herbs, seasoning and pop them in your oven. Unlike boiling veggies, roasting ensures none of the nutrients are lost. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies to roast for a quick side dish because it’s versatile, hearty and naturally high in fiber.

    cauliflower being cut

    How to Make Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

    To get started, first, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Second, grab a cutting board and cut and core your fresh cauliflower. The easiest way to do this is to cut the whole head into quarters first, then angle the knife to cut out the cores.

    cauliflower on cookie sheet for roasting

    Third, break off the cauliflower florets and spread them evenly on the baking pan. Make sure you fill the baking sheet.

    adding oil to cauliflower

    Fourth, drizzle olive oil on the florets. Olive oil — especially extra virgin olive oil — is one of the healthiest oils to cook with. It’s super tasty AND loaded with antioxidants, too!

    seasoning cauliflower with salt on baking sheet

    Next, add salt and pepper and bake the cauliflower for 20-25 minutes or until it’s lightly browned. Roasting allows the natural sugars to caramelize, maximizing cauliflower’s flavor profile.

    adding parmesan to roasted cauliflower

    After you remove the freshly roasted cauliflower from the oven, grate parmesan cheese over the top. Yum! (At this point, you probably want to do a little dance as the cheese slowly melts!)

    view of parmesan on roasted cauliflower

    I love the fruity, nutty taste of parmesan cheese. Surprisingly, parmesan cheese is naturally lactose-free and has many vitamins and minerals. You might forget this recipe is nutritious for you, based on the delicious combination of flavors!

    adding parsley to roasted cauliflower with parmesan

    While the parmesan cheese melts, add chopped flat-leaf parsley on top to garnish. I love using fresh parsley from my garden!

    adding more parmesan to roasted cauliflower

    Finally, sprinkle more parmesan cheese and parsley on top before serving. You can never add too much flavor with extra cheese, am I right?!

    view of roasted cauliflower with parmesan

    There you have it! Roasted cauliflower with parmesan.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What can you pair roasted cauliflower with?

    I love to pair roasted cauliflower with pasta. You can also use the leftovers the next day in a pita with hummus or taco with tahini sauce.

    How long can you keep roasted cauliflower?

    Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

    Can you freeze roasted cauliflower?

    Yes! After it cools, place the roasted cauliflower in a freezer bag. It can last frozen for up to three months. While you can store or freeze roasted cauliflower, the best way to reheat it is in the oven so that it crisps up. 

    plate of roasted cauliflower with parmesan

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    Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

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    Roasted cauliflower boasts flavorful parmesan, fresh herbs and seasoning for a mouthwatering bite. An easy, nutritious side dish your family will love.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 25 mins
    TOTAL: 35 mins
    Servings: 2


    • 1 head cauliflower (cut into florets)
    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (extra virgin)
    • ½ teaspoons kosher salt (or truffle salt)
    • ¼ teaspoons pepper or red pepper flakes
    • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
    • flat leaf parsley (chopped for garnish)


    • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
    • Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
    • Cut and core your fresh cauliflower. Spread cauliflower florets evenly across baking pan.
    • Drizzle olive oil on top and add seasoning.
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
    • Grate parmesan cheese and allow it to melt. Top with parsley to garnish.
    • To serve, sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top.


    Excellent source of Vitamin C, good source of calcium.


    Serving: 1cupCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 10.8gProtein: 5.8gFat: 6.1gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 136mgFiber: 5g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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