Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower is a wonderful casserole that you can assemble ahead of time baking just before serving. What a great time savings when you are juggling multiple dishes for dinner. The heavy lift is over including the dishes! 

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Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower on a black plate ready for dinner
Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Making Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

We start with rinsing, chopping and drying the cauliflower. When ready to prepare the casserole, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Toss the cauliflower with olive oil. Place on prepared baking pan in a single layer. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Place the roasted cauliflower in a small baking dish. Top with Parmesan Cheese and Basil. Return to the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh herbs and dried cranberries.

Make Ahead Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

When making the Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower ahead of time, let the cauliflower cool after the initial baking time. Place the cooled cauliflower in a small baking dish. Top with Parmesan Cheese and Basil. Cover and place in the refrigerator. Remove the prepared Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower from the refrigerator to let it come to room temperature before placing in the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh herbs and dried cranberries. You may need to increase the baking time if you do not bring the cauliflower to room temperature. 

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower on a black plate with a fork

Options to Top the Roasted Cauliflower

We start with roasting the cauliflower in the oven for 15 minutes. At this point, you have a blank canvas to create a delicious side dish. Select your favorite cheese and dried seasoning to sprinkle over the roasted cauliflower. In our version, we went heavy with the dried basil but it is a favorite herb of ours! Place the baking pan in the oven to finish the baking process. Upon removal add fresh herbs and dried fruit. Be creative as this recipe is a great starting point.  

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower on a plate served for dinner with fresh parsley and dried cranberries
Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

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Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower is a wonderful casserole that you can assemble ahead of time baking just before serving. What a great time savings when you are juggling multiple dishes for dinner. The heavy lift is over including the dishes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Make Ahead Meal, Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil
  • Small bowl
  • Small baking pan

Ingredients

Roasting Ingredients

  • 5 cups Cauliflower chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp Basil

Garnish Ingredients

  • Fresh Cilantro or Parsley
  • Dried Cranberries

Instructions

Roasting Instructions

  • Rinse, chop and dry the cauliflower
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Prepare a baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil for easy cleanup
  • Toss cauliflower with olive oil in a small bowl
  • Place on prepared baking pan in a single layer
  • Season with freshly ground salt and pepper
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • If making ahead let it cool otherwise place in a small baking pan
  • Top with Parmesan Cheese and Basil (or your favorite ingredients)
  • Return to the oven to bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and garnish with fresh herbs and cranberries

Notes

Calories are approximate based upon serving size and ingredients used. If making ahead let the cauliflower cool after initially roasting them. Once cooled, place in a baking dish topping with desired ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to roast. Remove from the refrigerator to let it come to room temperature or increase the baking time.