Cheesy Pull-Apart Cauliflower with Pesto


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.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 1/4 pounds), leaves and bottom of core removed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup pesto


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    Cheesy Pull-Apart Cauliflower with Pesto
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
11g Fat
7g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 340IU 7%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Potassium 351mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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