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Cauliflower Parmesan Is Vegetarian Comfort Food At Its Finest

You won’t be disappointed.


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a plate of cauliflower rounds

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Chicken Parmesan is absolutely incredible, but it can cost you a lot of calories. When you’re trying to be healthy, but you’re really craving good Italian food, make this vegetarian cauli Parm. You won’t be disappointed.

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins


1 large head cauliflower, stem trimmed and cut vertically into 1" planks
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan*, divided
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. basil leaves, torn if large
Crushed red pepper flakes

*To ensure this is a vegetarian recipe, be sure to use rennet-free Parmesan.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange cauliflower in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and brush both sides with oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast, flipping once, until cauliflower is tender and golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and top each cauliflower steak with marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and half of Parmesan.
  3. Switch oven to broil and broil cauliflower until cheese is bubbly and golden in spots, about 3 minutes. Serve with remaining Parmesan, basil leaves, and red pepper flakes.

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This post originally appeared on Delish and was published September 20, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

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