Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese

This is a quick vegetable dish that the whole family can enjoy.  You can simply roast the cauliflower and keep this a vegan dish, or add cheese at the end.  You can also be creative with the spices and cheeses you use, and try a different combination each time!


  • head of cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, or other spices
  • Cheese

I have made this with regular cauliflower, as well as purple cauliflower. The purple cauliflower makes for a fun twist and a unique dish. You could probably use romanesco cauliflower as well.


Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.

Cut the cauliflower into bite-size florets.  In a bowl, drizzle the cauliflower with olive oil, add spices, and toss to coat evenly.  You can use salt and pepper, Italian spices, or any other combinations that you wish.

Arrange on a cookie sheet or pan in a single layer.

Roast the cauliflower for approximately 20-25 minutes or more, until browned.  I usually turn the cauliflower about halfway through to make sure the pieces cook evenly.

I like my cauliflower roasted, but firm.

Once you have roasted the cauliflower, you can add cheese.  I like smoked aged cheddar, extra sharp cheddar, or smoked gouda, but you can use any kind.  For this head of cauliflower, I used about 4oz (half a block) of cheese.

Return the pan to the oven, set to broil, and melt the cheese until bubbly and browned. This should only take a few minutes, so I recommend watching the oven during this time so it doesn’t burn. I tend to get distracted and before you know it, the cheese has burned.


What do you think?

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  • Amber Myers
    August 31, 2021

    Oh yum, we love this. I will have to make this as a side dish for sure.

  • Tasheena
    August 31, 2021

    I’m a huge fan of cauliflower, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Terri Steffes
    August 31, 2021

    This looks amazing. I think it would be a great replacement for potatoes with my steak!

  • Tara Pittman
    September 1, 2021

    This dish looks so delicious. The purple cauliflower looks so pretty.

  • Richelle Escat
    September 1, 2021

    The purple cauliflower looks so lovely. Roasted cauliflower sounds delicious even without cheese on it. Yum!

  • Ivan M. Jose
    September 1, 2021

    I didn’t know that there is purple cauliflower. Anyway, we love cauliflower and prepare it in the simplest of ways. I’ll try your recipe.

  • Kat&Beyond
    September 1, 2021

    this dish looks interesting, i like the purple cauliflower idea. Id eat this as a snack!

  • Ntensibe Edgar
    September 1, 2021

    Wow…I didn’t cauliflower can be roasted! It looks so good with the cheese on it. I just might be tempted to “harvest” what Mummy planted here and do exactly what you’ve said here!

  • Heatherkleinwolf
    September 1, 2021

    Recipe looks delicious! I need more cauliflower in my life.

  • Alita Pacio
    September 1, 2021

    Wow. I’ve never seen purple cauliflowers before. This is such a great recipe 🙂

  • Kuntala
    September 1, 2021

    I love cauliflowers. I grew up eating cauliflower dishes

  • Elizabeth O
    September 1, 2021

    This is something I can try over the weekend. It’s perfect for small gatherings too., when friends come over.

  • Alexis
    September 1, 2021

    We love roasted cauliflower! I added a little balsamic vinegar to this recipe and it was amazing!

  • Catalina
    September 1, 2021

    I love veggies and I love trying new recipes. This one sounds easy and so tasty!

  • Melissa Dixon
    September 1, 2021

    I love cauliflower and cheese but have never tried roasting it. What a fun idea!

  • Milton Coyne
    September 1, 2021

    Oh this is the kind of dish you can trick your kids with. I didn’t know cauliflower and cheese can be a good combo. This looks like an awesome snack or side dish. I think it would be perfect to be paired with a savory dip sauce too

  • Petro
    September 1, 2021

    I’m a big fan of cauliflower and cheese but never tried it with purple cauliflower. It’s next on my list!

  • Sarah Bailey
    September 1, 2021

    Cauliflower cheese is one of my favourites it is a must when you’re having a roast, love it with a creamy sauce perfect to use for dipping as well.

  • Rosemary
    September 1, 2021

    Yum….love this. I regularly make roasted cauliflower but have never added cheese to it. Thanks for this simple and delicious tip!

  • Monica Simpson
    September 1, 2021

    Roasted cauliflower is my favorite!!! I wonder why I never added cheese before. Yum!

  • Tracy Isidore
    September 1, 2021

    This looks really good! Anything with cheese on it I love lol. Thanks for the recipe I will definitely try it out!

  • Mae
    September 2, 2021

    I love veggies, and this looks amazingly delicious! But I can’t have dairy, so I need to use vegan cheese.

  • emman damian
    September 2, 2021

    I love this Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese! It looks so healthy. Can’t wait to try it soon.

  • Neely Moldovan
    September 2, 2021

    I am a huge cauliflower lover so this looks incrdible to me!

  • Blair Villanueva
    September 3, 2021

    A simple dish, easy to prepared, and yeah this is healthy for me. Now I am caving for roasted cauliflower and cheese tonight!

  • Ayesha Ayub
    October 7, 2021

    This seems so yummy, will give it a try.