Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Rustic Red Sauce

Hey there friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!


I’ll tell you what, there’s nothing quite like barbecues with friends. A little corn hole, a couple cold drinks, good food and good company, and I am in my happy place!

But I will say, sometimes, cookouts can be a little tough to navigate, being on the Specific Carb Diet for my Ulcerative Colitis. Luckily though, I have come up with some great travel-friendly recipes that are perfect to bring along to BBQs, if say, burgers and brats aren’t your thing.

Enter my whole roasted cauliflower with rustic red sauce!

Half a head of cauliflower, roasted to golden brown perfection, topped with a beautiful tomato sauce and fresh basil. Y-U-M.

It’s show-stoppingly gorgeous, healthy and delicious too.

Plus, it’s Grain and Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo and Specific Carb Diet friendly.

Here’s what you need: (Serves 2)

1 whole head of cauliflower, halved

2 cups of baby spinach
6 button mushrooms, sliced
fresh basil, chopped (for garnish)

2 tomatoes, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp herbs de provence
1/2 tsp salt
several “cracks” of black pepper

Food processor
Good chef’s knife (here’s the one I use and love)
baking sheet
tin foil (I use nonstick, and it’s a game changer)
nonstick frying pan
silicone spatula
olive oil mister (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the halved cauliflower cut-side-down on a tin foil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Sprits or rub with olive oil, and bake for about 45 minutes, until it is golden brown and delicious, otherwise known as GBD. 🙂

In the meantime, make your sauce. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the onions and peppers in 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs de provence. Let them soften for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and let it cook for another 3 minutes. Finally, add the tomato and let it cook for another 4 minutes. Carefully transfer to your food processor, and process until smooth.

Finally, brown the mushrooms in the skillet. Heat 2 tsp EVOO over medium-high heat and let them cook about about 3 minutes per side. A trick to really nice browning with mushrooms, is to let them cook (untouched) for 3 minutes per side. When you stir them around and have them moving a lot, they are unable to get that nice golden brown caramelization that we’re after. So let them cook untouched until it’s time to flip!

At this point, you should have about 10 minutes left on your cauliflower – which is the perfect amount of time to clean the food processor, set the table, and pour a glass of wine 🙂

To assemble, place the cauliflower on a bed of spinach. (You can dress the spinach lightly with a olive oil and balsamic vinegar.) Top the cauliflower with the tomato sauce and mushrooms and garnish with fresh basil. Serve warm, or if you’re traveling with it – at room temperature.

My goodness, what a delightful supper! The perfect tag along to any backyard cookout that is sure to make your neighbor, Karen, have some serious food envy.

But seriously, it was such a stunning dish – with the golden brown outlines of the cauliflower, and the bright red tomato sauce. It was so beautiful against the bright green from the spinach and basil.

But more than that, it was DELICIOUS. If you’ve never had roasted cauliflower before, consider this your personal invitation. It is seriously amazing. I’m not kidding – magic takes place in the oven, my friend, magic! It becomes caramelized and has a nutty flavor! For a girl that can’t eat bread, it almost tasted like bread! haha — OK, well… how about…reminiscent of bread! 😉

And the sauce was wonderful. The herbs de province gave it a warm and cozy flavor that had a delicate sweetness to it. And the basil gave it that nice *pop* of freshness.

So. Good!!

Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful night! I’m getting up before the sun tomorrow morning for an all day shoot! So early to bed for me tonight!

See ya tomorrow for programming as usual!

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73 responses to “Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Rustic Red Sauce”

  1. Yum! I’m trying to find better things for me than I’ve eaten lately. I’ll be pinning this and giving it a try. It does look tasty! I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend too.

    • Thanks Leslie! I hope you love it! it was really delicious 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  2. This looks really good! Quick question… do you have a substitution for the mushrooms or can I leave them out? I’m not really a fan of mushrooms because of the taste and texture. Do you think it would alter the taste to leave them out? or is there another alternative that you would recommend without changing the entire dish? Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  3. Dang girl! That recipe looks divine! You need to make a recipe for baked eggplant parmesan 🙂

    • Aw thank you so much! I’ve got one!! i’ll share it next week 🙂 Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks! hmmm well you can always omit them! Or substitute roasted green beans, perhaps? Or even roasted peppers! yum! Hugs and love xox

  4. Wow, this dish looks faaaabulous! Love your blog, always thought provoking and inspiring my kitchen adventures! God bless you and your family! 😃

    • Thank you John! you’re kind to say that. I love having fun and getting creative in the kitchen! Hugs and love xox

  5. You lost me at “cauliflower”. We had a good run you and I. I will miss you. Kidding, lol. Great post (you know, the stuff before the word cauliflower). – Robert

  6. I’m sorry, I just had to know what a corn hole was as we don’t have them in Canada. I looked it up for a recipe and found it isn’t a food, but a game. That was to funny.

    • Hahahah oh my gosh hysterical. yes! It’s the best back yard game around. Hugs and love xox

  7. My dear friend

    Uff my eyes have already eaten your fantastic recipe – but my stomach cries: I want it LOL
    As I am a vegetarian this is lovely recipe to sit together with friends. Now we have summer here, in Finland and I am going to try it out. My stomach cannot wait …

    Thanks for sharing and have a good time
    Hugs and love

  8. I had trouble “Liking” your post. Computer problem I guess but I did enjoy it and think I may try the cauliflower. I may have to do a variation on the sauce for my husband. He isn’t a fan of tomato sauces.

    • Oh gosh I’m sorry about the trouble! Pesto would be a great option for a substitute sauce! Or even a curry sauce – yum!!

  9. You continue to make rethink foods I have never seen or liked. 😉
    My favorite pic is you and your mom! 🙂
    I know you may think your food posts are trivial, but God surely uses you for those you are originally reaching out to… those with eating disorders. You provide healthy foods that even reach audiences that cannot eat like everyone because of health issues (like yourself), and you are providing healthy options for those who just want or need to live and eat healthier! And all with your lovely personality. 🙂
    So… I mentioned your blog in a recent post Bloggers Support Bloggers Award because I wanted others to know how supportive you are. I mentioned it in a section that is not part of the nomination because I know you are award and tag free. May God bless you for your heart for others, Caralyn!
    Here is a link to the post.

    • Oh my gosh Gail, thank you for saying that. You seriously have no idea how much I appreciate the encouragement. I was actually thinking this morning whether or not I should continue with them because I didn’t know if people liked them or if they were annoying. So your affirming words really touch my heart. You are awesome. Thank you. And thank you for mentioning my blog! I am truly honored. Sending big hugs to you!!

      • My how God moves and speaks for Himself! Praise His name for allowing me to be a part of anything He would be passing onto one of His dear children! Big hugs to you as well! Me and God have faith in you!

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