Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian dishes. But I decided to switch up my favorite dish by substituting the Chicken for Cauliflower.

As I have shared in one of my previous recipes, vegetables are not my favorite things. But I do have a few that I really love and Cauliflower is one of them.

Cauliflower Parmesan

Change up your Meatless Monday routine with this yummy Cauliflower Parmesan.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce
  • Italian Seasoning Generous amount
  • Sea Salt A few pinches
  • Black Pepper A few pinches
  • Mozzarella Cheese Generous amount
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Generous amount
  • Smoked Paprika A few pinches


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I mean let's be honest Cheese makes everything better. This Cheesy Cauliflower is a delicious alternative to Chicken Parmesan. It has all of the ingredients of a Chicken Parm with the exception of the Chicken.
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  • Cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Smoked Paprika
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  1. Add a pot of water to the stove with salt. Enough to submerge the cauliflower in the water.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the cauliflower. Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes.
  3. Remove the Cauliflower from the boiling water. Drain and set aside for about 5 minutes. Allowing a little time to dry.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Place the Cauliflower on a baking sheet. **If possible place the cauliflower on the flat part of the cauliflower.  If not possible, use an oven safe bowl and place the backside of the cauliflower in a bowl.**
  6. Brush the Cauliflower with a generous amount of Olive Oil.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You want the Cauliflower to be tender but with a little bite to it, Not mushy.
  8. Top the cauliflower with Marinara Sauce. (A generous amount)
  9. Sprinkle a generous amount of Italian Seasoning.
  10. Season with a few pinches of sea salt, smoked paprika and black pepper on top.
  11. Bake for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the Cauliflower from the oven. Cover the cauliflower with a generous amount of Mozzarella Cheese.
  13. Broil in the oven at 500 degrees for 4 - 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  14. Remove from the oven. Finish with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  15. Add parsley for garnish.
  16. Enjoy.
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