This cacio e pepe cauliflower is warm, cheesy, and has a peppery black pepper bite. It just might be my favorite way to prepare cauliflower! Everyone will love this easy, cheesy side dish.

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Cauliflower, how many ways do we love you? As pizza, as gnocchi, mashed, or roasted, cauliflower probably the most versatile vegetable to cook. Today, we’re preparing cauliflower simply, with cheese and pepper.

Cacio e pepe is an Italian pasta dish which means cheese and pepper. It’s ingredients are simple – just spaghetti, pecorino romano cheese, and black pepper. It’s such a comforting dish (cheese! pasta!), and it’s the inspiration for this cacio e pepe cauliflower.

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What’s in this cacio e pepe cauliflower?

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious side dish.

  • Cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon zest
  • Pecorino romano

How to make cacio e pepe cauliflower

  • Roast cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon zest.
  • Top roasted cauliflower with grated cheese and more pepper.
  • Garish with parsley, if desired.
  • All done! Serve warm and enjoy. This recipe couldn’t be much easier.
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Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Use freshly cracked black pepper. The pepper flavor will be stronger and more fresh if you freshly grind pepper for this recipe. Also, if your pepper mill has multiple coarseness levels for grinding, select a coarser grind.
  • Finely grate cheese. Use a microplane or the smallest size hole on your grater to grate the cheese. This gives the grated cheese a fluffy, delicate texture that works well with the soft roasted cauliflower.
  • Serve immediately. This dish is best served right out of the oven. Toss the cauliflower with the cheese while it’s still warm so it can melt.

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Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower (Gluten free)

This cacio e pepe cauliflower is warm, cheesy, and has a peppery black pepper bite. It just might be my favorite way to prepare cauliflower! Everyone will love this easy, cheesy side dish.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: side dish
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Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup finely grated pecorino romano cheese
  • Chopped parsley for garnishing, if desired 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets in olive oil, a generous shake of salt and pepper, garlic powder, and lemon zest.
  3. Roast cauliflower for 20-25 minutes, until nicely browned.
  4. Transfer warm cauliflower to a mixing bowl and sprinkle with grated cheese, plus a few generous grinds of pepper. Gently toss the cauliflower so the cheese coats each piece and begins to melt.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • If you can’t find pecorino romano, use parmesan cheese.

Keywords: gluten free, cacio e pepe cauliflower, cauliflower, side dish

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