Cauliflower and Sausage Roast With Cheddar Cheese Recipe

Cauliflower and Sausage Roast With Cheese

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 37 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
488 Calories
40g Fat
9g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 488
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 1037mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 65mg 323%
Calcium 438mg 34%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 553mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The combination of sausage and cauliflower makes for a delicious main meal, especially when the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, and you want to start making warming casserole dishes. It's also a breeze to prepare.

The sausage and onions are briefly sautéed, then they're tossed with the seasoned cauliflower and roasted to perfection. A topping of sharp cheddar cheese finishes the dish beautifully, but you can use Parmesan if you like or Monterey Jack instead.

Serve with a tossed green salad or sliced tomatoes for a mostly hands-off weeknight family meal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, more for the baking dish

  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets

  • 1 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Kosher salt, to taste, optional

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 12 ounces smoked or uncured sausage, such as andouille, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 425 F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with some of the olive oil.

  3. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with the seasoning blend, parsley, pepper, and salt, if using. Set aside.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sausage. Cook, until browned, about 4 minutes.

  5. Add the sausage and onion mixture to the cauliflower. Toss, drizzling with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Blend all ingredients thoroughly.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish, and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and browned. Stir once or twice during the roasting time.

  7. Sprinkle the cheese over the top, return to the oven, and continue baking for 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.


  • If you don't have Cajun or Creole seasonings, you can use a combination of cayenne, smoked paprika, and garlic powder, along with herbs such as ground thyme, basil, or oregano.
  • You can also use Old Bay instead of Cajun or Creole seasonings if you have that on hand.
  • Feel free to use turkey or chicken sausage instead if you want the dish to have a little bit less fat or if you prefer the taste.
  • This recipe would also be good with broccoli and sausage instead of cauliflower, or a combination of both veggies.