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A combination of pesto and mozzarella cheese is tucked into a whole head of cauliflower. The florets "pull away" revealing the ooey-gooey cheese beneath for a fun and festive appetizer or side dish.

EatingWell.com, April 2021


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.

  • Place whole cauliflower in a metal pie pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour water around the cauliflower and cover the pan tightly with foil. Bake until a knife is easily inserted into the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler to high.

  • Meanwhile, combine mozzarella and pesto in a small bowl. When the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, separate areas between the florets and fill with the pesto mixture. Save a little of the mixture and spread it on top of the cauliflower. Return to the oven and broil until melted and golden on top, 4 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup
144 calories; fat 11g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 354mg; carbohydrates 7g; dietary fiber 2g; protein 7g; sugars 2g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 3g; vitamin a iu 340IU; potassium 351mg.