Cauliflower Gratin (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Inspired by Mark Bittman’s book: How to Cook Everything



  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cooked and broken up into florets
    (any method for cooking the cauliflower will work fine!)
  • 1 cup of fresh basil pesto
    (to find the recipe for homemade pesto, click here! )
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large cloves of freshly minced garlic
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • A few leaves of chopped basil for garnish (optional) 
  • A handful of breadcrumbs for sprinkling (optional, omit breadcrumbs to keep recipe gluten-free)
  • Pepper and iodized salt to taste


  1. Turn your oven onto the broiler setting.
  2. Spread the cooked cauliflower evenly into a large, shallow baking dish.fullsizeoutput_787.jpeg
  3. Drizzle 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil evenly over the vegetables, followed by the freshly minced garlic.
  4. Drizzle or spread the 1 cup of fresh basil pesto over the cauliflower, as evenly as possible.
  5. Next, sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the entire dish.fullsizeoutput_788.jpeg
  6. Garnish by sprinkling a handful or so of breadcrumbs over the top of the dish, plus freshly chopped basil leaves if desired.
  7. Heat under the broiler for 2-5 minutes, or until you achieve a golden brown color over the toppings.
    Keep a close eye on the dish, as it will brown quickly under the broiler!fullsizeoutput_786.jpeg


Cauliflower gratin makes a perfect side dish to any savory entree! I love this recipe for holiday meals especially. This recipe is great resource for those who are looking for creative ways to add non-starchy veggies into your diet. Plus, you get plenty of Vitamin C and protein in each serving!

Don’t forget the best part; when you are making cauliflower gratin at home, you save money! The first cauliflower gratin that I had ever tried was from Trader Joe’s. It came in a pretty standard sized frozen entree package, and was marked for somewhere between $5-6 dollars. I would have to purchase around 4 of those frozen cauliflower gratin packages in order to make as much food as this recipe yields. Making food from scratch at home SAVES MONEY!

HINT: Save yourself some time by preparing the fresh basil pesto ahead of time and freezing it so it is ready to go when needed. 


Nutrition Facts per serving: (Yields about 8 servings)

Calories: 294

Total fat: 25 g
Saturated fat: 
6 g

Monounsaturated Fat: 13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 293 mg

Potassium: 121 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 1 g

Protein: 12 g

Vitamin A: 14% DV

Vitamin C: 62% DV

Calcium: 38% DV

Iron: 5% DV

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