Italian Cauliflower is a delicious roasted cauliflower recipe. It's a versatile recipe you'll want to keep on hand as it goes well with so many main dishes. With only 5 minutes of prep, you can pop this into your oven. So easy!

A piece of Italian cauliflower on a fork being dipped into pesto.

Roasted cauliflower is one of our go-to side dishes as it's always simple to make and healthy. This one uses my favorite easy spice mix to speed up the prep time and max out on flavor.

What makes this Italian cauliflower a great choice

  • It's an easy side dish recipe that you can have ready to pop in your oven in 5 minutes. Honestly, you'll probably have the cauliflower ready before your oven has finished preheating. But don't worry, pop it in as soon as you're done prepping.
  • After the first time you make this, you'll probably never look at the recipe again. Give it up for easy staple recipes!
  • The versatile flavor goes well with so many main dishes. We often eat this with Perfect Baked Chicken Breasts or Juicy Baked Pork Chops.
  • Let's give it up for Italian seasoning. This blend of spices makes our kitchen lives so much easier.
  • Pesto. Whether you opt for homemade, store-bought, or our favorite dairy-free pesto, this green magic is irresistible.

Roasted Italian cauliflower on a baking sheet with a bowl of pesto,

How to roast cauliflower

I love roasting cauliflower as it's such an easy and healthy side dish. It only takes a few minutes to prep so it's a great option for when you can't spend much time in the kitchen.

  1. Chop the cauliflower. Cut the stem off then break the cauliflower into a few big chunks. Use your knife to cut it into smaller pieces.
  2. Toss the cauliflower with oil, salt, and spices. I do this right on the baking sheet to save on dishes.
  3. Put the cauliflower into the oven for about 30 minutes. Sometimes I'll leave it in for 40 minutes if the pieces are bigger or I want them really roasted. Make sure to mix the cauliflower around halfway through so they get evenly browned.

A white serving plate filled with roasted Italian cauliflower with a bowl of pesto and some lemon slices.

What to serve with Italian roasted cauliflower

Italian cauliflower is a great side dish to most mains. I like to serve it with either Perfect Baked Chicken Breasts or Juicy Baked Pork Chops and some greens tossed with one of my favorite salad dressing recipes.

Other mains that go well with this roasted cauliflower are:

A close up of italian roasted cauliflower on a baking sheet with pesto on the side.

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A piece of Italian cauliflower on a fork being dipped into pesto.

Roasted Italian Cauliflower

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Italian Cauliflower is a delicious roasted cauliflower recipe. It's a versatile recipe you'll want to keep on hand as it goes well with so many main dishes. With only 5 minutes of prep, you can pop this into your oven. So easy!


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Ingredients

  • 3 lb cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup pesto, to serve (homemade, dairy-free, or store-bought)

Instructions

  1. Preheat you oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and sea salt. Put it onto a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  3. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon over the cauliflower and serve with the pesto on the side.

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