If you’re trying to find a way to love cauliflower even more, make these Easy Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Pizzas. Cheesy baked cauliflower is so delicious. Oven-roasted cauliflower slices topped with Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, melted cheese, and pepperoni. All served up mini pizza style. Top these cheesy cauliflower pizzas with fresh basil for a dinner that’s mouth-wateringly delicious. Best for nights when you’re craving something cozy. But also want something healthier that the whole family will love!
I recently did a poll on Instagram asking about more gluten-free recipes. I asked if you guys wanted them, and if so, what kinds? There were definitely mixed responses. Many of you still seem to want ALL the gluten (which you know I love). But many of you would like a few good gluten-free recipes that don’t feel boring and are easy to create!
Don’t get confused, I’m not going gluten-free on you guys. But I thought I would use this as inspiration for some new recipes. I’d like to find a few healthier takes on dishes we all love most.
Enter these mini cauliflower pizzas. Totally gluten-free, but still totally delicious.
When I started making this recipe, I wasn’t sure it was something I was going to share. Because really, do we need yet another cauliflower recipe? Probably not, but then here we are.
These little cheesy baked pizzas just turned out so good that I was too excited about them not to share. With school starting back up, and life getting busy with fall right around the corner, I thought these could be a really great after school snack or dinner. A bit of a healthier take on our favorite weeknight pizza.
Plus, I think this might just be my favorite cauliflower recipe yet. That’s kind of a bold thing to say, but there’s just something better about a cheesy cauliflower recipe. Clearly, I’m excited.
Here’s the thing about this recipe, it’s so easy, but cutting the cauliflower into slices can sometimes be challenging. I find it’s easiest to use smaller, tighter heads. They tend to hold together better than the larger heads.
Once you have the cauliflower cut into slices, simply season them up with a few spices and herbs, then roast them in the oven until they’re just tender. Try not to overcook the slices, you don’t want them to get too mushy on you.
When the cauliflower comes out of the oven, top it with all the essential pizza toppings…marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. So simple, but promise these are going to be delicious.
Then throw the cauliflower right back into the oven to melt the cheese and crisp up those pepperonis.
When the pizzas come out of the oven, the cheese should be bubbling up and the kitchen should smell like the classic pizza we love.
Serve these mini pizzas up warm, right out of the oven. And with a very generous sprinkle of extra parmesan and basil.
Oh so very delicious…cheesy, perfectly spicy, a little salty, but also light and herby too. All the very good things we love. And while I know we all love real pizza, this is such a nice lighter option.
It’s such a great warming vegetable-focused meal or hearty side dish.
And if you’re trying to get your kids, your husband, anyone really, to eat more vegetables, this is the recipe to make. All my picky eating brothers agree.
Looking for other quick weeknight cauliflower recipes, try these:
Lastly, if you make this Easy Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Pizzas, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Easy Baked Cheesy Cauliflower Pizzas
Calories Per Serving: 455 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 2 medium heads of cauliflower, sliced into 1 1/2 inch slices
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
- basil, for serving
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.2. Stand the cauliflower on its stem, cut them in to 1½ inch slices. Place on a baking sheet and rub with olive oil. 3. In a bowl, combine the thyme, oregano, paprika, garlic, and onion powder. Sprinkle over the cauliflower, then season with salt and pepper. Bake 15 minutes. 4. Remove from the oven and spoon over the marinara sauce. Top with equal amounts of the cheeses and then the pepperoni. Bake 5 minutes, then switch the oven to broil and broil 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is melted. 5. Top with fresh basil. Enjoy!