Cauliflower baked in vegetable sauce

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Dinner with family or friends? You should definitely give this recipe a try! Or better yet, don't wait for a special occasion and just enjoy it whenever you like - that's what I usually do!

Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable. It tastes great raw, it tastes great grilled, cooked – in soups, curry and stews … but when roasted, believe me, it’s just a completely different level of deliciousness! What’s best about cauliflower is that it doesn’t need much to be transformed into a very satisfying dish – just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt usually does the job.

This recipe is a little more time consuming but totally worth it!
Cauliflower baked in vegetable sauce makes a great party or holiday dish. It not only looks good and tastes amazing, the recipe is also practically fat-free, healthy and most importantly, very easy to make!
You can serve it solo – as an appetizer; as a main course with some rice, bulgur, cous-cous ..; or as a side dish.

Cauliflower baked in vegetable sauce

Different ways to use vegetable sauce and leftovers [ if there are any ]

Vegetable sauce can be prepared even 2 – 3 days in advance and kept in the fridge but it’s always a good idea to double the recipe for the sauce and freeze it for later.
It makes great pasta sauce, can be served with no-meat balls or you can add some beans and easily transform it into delicious stew [ same goes for leftovers ].

Cauliflower baked in vegetable sauce

Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins


  • oven
  • oven safe pan or dish
  • large cooking pot [ big enough to fit the whole cauliflower ]


  • 1 cauliflower whole, leaves removed

vegetable sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 red onions chopped into small cubes
  • 3 carrots chopped into small cubes
  • 2 stalks celery chopped into small cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning for replacement see notes below
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt to taste


  • Clean the cauliflower, remove leaves if necessary
  • Place the whole cauliflower in boiling, slightly salted water and cook for 10 minutes
  • Carefully get out of the pan and set aside to get rid of excess water

Prepare the sauce

  • Warm olive oil in a large pan - add chopped onions, carrots, celery stalks and minced garlic - cook on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time
  • Add cajun seasoning and tomato paste, than cook another minute, stirring
  • Pour in the broth/water and bring to a boil and cook for additional 5 minutes
  • Season with salt if needed [ especially if you are using just water ]
  • Pour part of the sauce over the cauliflower and place it in the middle of the pan or transfer it all to the oven dish
  • Bake at 350F [ 180°C ] for about 50 minutes or until cauliflower is caramelized and tender


Instead of cajun mix, season the sauce with:
1 tsp of sweet smoked paprika
¼ tsp smoked paprika
1 teaspoons of dried garlic
½ teaspoons of freshly ground pepper
1 tsp of dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat in an oven or in the pan, although cold, it also tastes pretty good.
Vegetable sauce can be frozen for up to a month.
Nutritional value - ¼ of cauliflower with the sauce
141 kcal | Carbohydrates 30.5 g | Protein 9 g | Fat 3.2 g | Fiber 11.7g
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: cauliflower, gluten free, healthy, low fat

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Cooked with by Magdalena Wrona.
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