This roasted cacio e pepe cauliflower is your new go-to side dish! It’s golden and crisp and cheesy and so flavorful with a hint of spice. More importantly, it goes with just about anything!

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cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

This cacio e pepe can go right alongside all of your favorite winter dishes. It’s crispy and roasted and cheesy and fabulous. 

cauliflower ready for the oven

I’ve made this cauliflower approximately a million times. It’s one of our favorite ways to eat cauliflower and everyone loves it!

The thing is, I never really measure the ingredients out. Cacio e pepe means cheese and pepper, so that’s what I go with.

Lots of cheese and lots of pepper! 

cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

I like to use melted butter to roast the cauliflower as opposed to olive oil. I do this with my cacio e pepe roasted brussels sprouts and those are a dream too.

I’m not the hugest fan of black peppercorns in general, but when it comes to cacio e pepe I am always up for it. I love the pasta dish and I love anything else with pecorino romano, as expected. Cheese should be my middle name!

cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

This is what makes the cacio e pepe cauliflower exceptional:

  • I drizzle melted butter and black pepper all over the cauliflower florets. I don’t even use salt here. The cheese is so super salty that it takes care of it! 
  • Then I also add a sprinkle of the cheese BEFORE roasting. Not much of this cheese stays on the cauliflower – most of it tends to fall off onto the pan, which creates a delicious golden, cheesy crust.
  • Once the cauliflower is roasted, I like to cover it with another shower of cheese. Since the cauliflower is hot, the cheese melts almost instantly on top. 
  • I let the pan sit for a minute. Cool just for a few minutes, allowing the cheese on the pan and on the cauliflower set. Then I scoop it all up onto a serving platter. Or, um, right into my mouth! 

cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

This is one of those roasted vegetable dishes that you want to eat straight off the pan. Like standing-over-the-oven mode, fork in hand, just taking bite after bite because it’s so delicious!

cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

Yes it’s super basic and easy but oh my WORD is it incredible. Tastes so wonderfully roasty and crisp. You’ll want to eat it everyday! 

cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

Roasted Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower

Cacio e Pepe Roasted Cauliflower

This roasted cacio e pepe cauliflower is your new go-to side dish! It's golden and crisp and cheesy and so flavorful with a hint of spice. More importantly, it goes with just about anything!
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Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup freshly grated pecorino cheese, plus extra for sprinkling

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet. I do not use foil or parchment for this - I feel that it compromises the crispness of the vegetables.
  • Drizzle the butter over the florets, then toss them well so all of them are covered. Sprinkle with the black pepper and toss. Cover with the pecorino cheese, tossing again.
  • Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cauliflower is golden and roasted and the cheese is crisp on the baking sheet. Remove the pain and do an additional sprinkle of cheese. Let the pan sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Lift the cauliflower and crisped cheese off the sheet and onto a platter. Serve!
  • Note: pecorino is super salty so I do not use salt in this recipe. If you feel that you need it, add a sprinkle of salt when roasting!
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cacio e pepe roasted cauliflower

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