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Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs

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This delicious garlic roasted cauliflower is topped with toasted asiago bread crumbs, is a tasty side dish for anything you’re cooking!

Cauliflower, tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven transforms this powerful cruciferous vegetable into a nutty, delicious side dish, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Crumbs

The cauliflower is tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven which gives it a nutty flavor that’s so good, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.

You can even add a little color to your plate by choosing a hue other than white—cauliflower now comes in a variety of colors from orange to green to purple. Not only does it contain disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also offers a healthy helping of vitamin C, folate and fiber.


A few weeks ago, I traded in my apron for some heels and slimming jeans as part of a photo shoot for Jones New York. I was transformed from by the magic of Gregg @greggmakeupnyc who’s celebrity list is quite extensive, I knew I was in good hands.

I’ve been on sets of photo shoots before because pre-Skinnytaste I worked as a graphic designer, but getting to sit in the hair and makeup chair, and having a stylist dress me was a whole lot more fun!

You can see the final image below, I am wearing their slimming denim jeans with a pretty blouse. This was part of an online campaign where they photographed three other bloggers; a chef, a decorator and a stylist.

This was so much fun, and quite different than spending the day in my kitchen. And what’s a girl to do in NYC when all dressed up, with their hair and makeup done? Go shopping of course! I stopped for lunch, and did some prop shopping before heading to the Union Square Greenmarket where I picked up a beautiful head of cauliflower.

After a day in the city, I was happy to get home to my family and make them a delicious meal – Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef with this roasted cauliflower, the perfect ending to a great day.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs

5 from 5 votes
Cauliflower, tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven transforms this powerful cruciferous vegetable into a nutty, delicious side dish, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cauliflower, tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven transforms this powerful cruciferous vegetable into a nutty, delicious side dish, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 1 1/2 lb head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 5 - 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

For the topping:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, or fresh herb of your choice


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Place the cauliflower and garlic on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake until tender and browned, about 22 - 25 minutes, tossing every 6-8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the oil, then the onion and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and sauté until the onions become golden brown.
  • Reduce heat to low, add breadcrumbs; sauté until the breadcrumbs are light golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn.
  • Turn off heat and stir in the thyme. When cool, add asiago cheese.
  • When the cauliflower is ready, remove from oven and top with the toasted bread crumbs.

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Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 130 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 7.5 g, Sodium: 191 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 0.5 g


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97 comments on “Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs”

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    Rachel Karpel

    I made this dish last night and it was a big hit with everyone. Tasted so good, not very hard and only 3 points+ a serving. Woohoo!

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    No Thanks to Cake

    This was SUCH an awesome dish! We made this last night, and it was a HUGE hit! While the adults loved it, the kids loved it even more and even went back for seconds! Kid approved! 🙂

  3. This was AWESOME made it tonight. Thought I might even get my husband to change his mind about Cauliflower….but no chance. I LOVED it though and am sharing it on weight watchers and with my recipe swappers 🙂 Thanks!

  4. How would this recipe work as a mock mashed potato recipe? Take the roasted cauliflower and run it through the food processor or food mill? What do you think?

  5. Great photos! And this recipe was awesome! I made it for my family and they loved it. I've never picked up a cauliflower at the store because of a childhood full of velveeta covered "white broccoli." Thanks for reintroducing me to it!

  6. You looked great in the photo Gina — your recipes are working, keeping you slim and gorgeous! I have a question about this recipe and wonder if I did something wrong. When I tossed the cauliflower with the breadcrumbs, none of them stuck, so my veggie was bald on the plate with a bunch of crumbs spooned over the top (delicious, but didn't look as pretty as yours). Help please!

  7. Made this for dinner tonight it was really good, even my husband and two children who are against cauliflower thought it was good. I loved the breadcrumb topping and this was a cinch to make.

  8. I'm confused about the garlic…..first it says to roast with the cauliflower in the oven and then says to sauté with the onions. Am I reading this wrong?

  9. Every recipe I've ever made of yours has been amazing. So easy to follow and the pictures are so attractive. Speaking of attractive, you are one hot mama! When your cookbook comes out I am buying it for every person I know. You make healthy meals fun.

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    Hilary @ The Big Weight

    You look beautiful Gina!! This looks like another great recipe for cauliflower to add to my repertoire!

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    Lori at Frugal Edmonton Mama

    This is the best of both worlds. Delicious and not awful for my jeans. Thank you!

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    Bridget Kelly

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! One tip for everyone…don't use the really fine bread crumbs. I think it would have been better if they were chunkier…maybe a little more like panko.

  13. Hi Gina! I just made this for dinner with some roastbeef and a green salad and only substituted the asiago cheese (since I don't get it in Germany) with parmesan cheese and to be honest – there was no need for meet or anything else since the cauliflower was sooo good!
    And yes – you look gorgeous!

  14. I avoided cauliflower until I made your fritters, which we LOVED, so I thought this might be worth a try. I was right. This was delicious!

  15. OMG this is amazing! I made it a little early for supper and I am hoping that I don't eat it all before the family sits down at the table. Seriously so good!

  16. Thank you for all of the work you put in to this blog. I love the recipes immensely and find you to be such an inspiration. Congrats on your recent moment in the spotlight!

  17. Congratulations!!! All of your success is well deserved. You have made many people like myself realize that you don't have to sacrifice flavor while eating healthy. THANKS!! Can't wait for the cookbook. 😉

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    katherine Martinelli

    So fun! You look great; I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for the ad. And I love roasted cauliflower – the asiago breadcrumbs sound perfect.

  19. GINA!! I love this! I have always wondered what your days are like! I am so inspired by you! Thanks for your awesome recipes! I would love to hear more about your "regular" days and workouts and how you work it all in!

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      Gina @ Skinnytaste

      Thanks Libby!! I will try to include more personal stuff, although not all days are this glamorous!! Right now I sit in my kitchen with no make-up on 🙂

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    Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry

    I never made cauliflower with garlic, but sounds very good, so I will give it a try!

  21. Hi,
    I really admire and adore all of your recipes, but I need to ask you how big is one cup, I'm from Czech republic so I don't know how many grams of, for example, this Garlic Roasted Cauliflower are in one portion (one cup)

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    I made this today and it was absolutely delicious, highly recommend. Gina, you look beautiful, congrats on your success you deserve it!

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    This was incredibly delicious, and you look beautiful Gina, thank you for another great recipe, and congratulations on your success

  24. Mmmm… Just finished nearly the whole cauliflower myself! I use Parmesan cheese instead of the asiago as I had some in my fridge already and may have added more garlic than called for ( love roasted garlic), I will definitely be sweating it out tomorrow 🙂 Thanks again!

  25. You rock it girl. Congratulations! And thanks for the yummy roasted cauliflower recipe too…I'm totally into roasting veggies these days and this looks delish!

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    Ashley Bronander

    I was going to make your healthy chicken Parmesan tonight for dinner, however, my husband is begging for me to make your stuffed buffalo chicken recipe – even though we just had that 2 nights ago! I think he's hooked! Thank you for providing recipes I don't feel guilty cooking for my family! We love them all! 🙂

  27. Gina, it is so fun to watch you become famous!! I have been following you for a few years now and can't wait for your cookbook to come out. You look great in the pictures and thankis for another great recipe.

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    Carole Cornell

    Gina, I love your recipes and appreciate your work! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to be treated like a fashion model. You look fabulous!

  29. First, all your recipes rock my world. Second, what type of pan did you roast the cauliflower in? I think I need more advanced kitchen tools.


  30. This looks amazing – cauliflower is one of the only veggies I actually like! Congrats about your ad!

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    Ashlee Christopher

    This is so much fun! I am so happy for you Gina all of your hard work is paying off! I can not wait to try this recipe.
    Thank you for creating it 🙂

  32. You look fabulous! I have recently started following your blog and absolutely love it. Thank you for all you do, you take the guess work and headache out of eating healthy in my home 🙂

  33. I love roasted cauliflower and can't wait to try it with your crumb topping!!! And you look just fabulous in your ad- congratulations!!!

  34. YUM! My favorite Mediterranean food restaurant has a roasted cauliflower that is seriously my favorite thing they offer, no lie. The bread crumbs you added are making me swoon – we'll be trying this soon! And lookin' gooood, Ms. Jones New York. 🙂

  35. Love this recipe! I'll make it this weekend with fresh cauliflower (hopefully purple or orange) from the farmers market. Your photo is a winner, too. But please tell me you aren't one of those women who actually can shop all day with heels like that on your feet!

  36. You look fabulous. Way to rock the skinny jeans. Congrats on being selected and doing such a wonderful job. The ad is gorgeous.

    Love roasted cauliflower. I love the sweetness it seems to bring out. It's almost like candy which I love so it's like eating healthy candy to me. Isn't that awful. I can't help myself.

  37. I love cauliflower, so looking forward to trying this. Your photo/ad is gorgeous! How fun!! Congratulations!

  38. Gina, you're lovely!! Congratulations on a beautiful ad for JNY! And thanks for all the great recipes!

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    My family loves all things roasted cauliflower, I have to make this!

    That is so cool about Jones New York, congrats!

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    Elizabeth Eross

    YAY GINA!!!!! You look great and so does this recipe! Thank you for everything you do! You have been creating my dinners now for a couple of years and I can't thank you enough!

  41. I keep wondering what roasted cauliflower tastes like since I didn't like it when I first made it.

    You look awesome!

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    Lynn in Oregon

    You look Great!! Now I can point to your picture and tell my friends This is the woman that helped me get thin! Thanks for all the wonderfull food!

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    Shannon Michael

    Congratulations! That's awesome to be in a magazine. What an inspiration! I will try this cauliflower recipe. And yes, we call them brains.

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    Olga @ MangoTomato

    Forget the cauliflower 😉 You look so pretty! And that must have been such a great experience. I know famous people!!!!!!

  45. This looks awesome! My fiancee usually isn't into cauliflower (really not sure why), but I think this may be just the thing to get him over those reservations. Thanks!

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    Absolutely gorgeous!!! And you looked pretty as well 🙂 I kid, i kid… hehehe. Thanks so much for your recipes Gina, my family loves them! And it really helps me stay on track. 🙂

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Congrats, that looks like such a fun experience!!

    This cauliflower sounds delicious. I've been wanting to try it roasted for a while now…if I do, I'll definitely be using this recipe!

  48. I love roasted cauliflower. Recently I have been roasting it for about 15 min, then tossing with buffalo sauce and cooking for another 5 minutes or so. It is awesome for those who like buffalo chicken bites! Make a great side.

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    Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    This is definitely one of my favorite ways to eat cauliflower and your topping is a very unique and tasty looking twist. What a great way to add a little extra fiber into your day.

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    Roz @ weightingfor50

    Hi Gina. HUGE congrats on all of your success! I LOVE the photo, you look great. You site is absolutely one of the best, and I'm thrilled you are recognized as the stellar food blogger that you are. Best wishes to you from me in Vancouver.

  51. Oh, the nuttiness of roasted cauliflower is the best! especially paired with nutty cheese…Great photo shoot results!

  52. Lucinda Scala Quinn kept going on about the taste of roasted cauliflower on her "Mad Hungry" show. We finally tried it a while ago. The taste is just SO different! I want to try your recipe now too. I think the topping would take it up another notch. I just have to wait until Sunday when I go shopping to get the cauliflower and cheese. Did you use the soft or hard (aged) asiago?

  53. I LOVE roasted cauliflower and your additions of the asiago cheese and bread crumbs looks delicious! Will have to try this out!

  54. You look beautiful!! Love that cauliflower dish too – I stayed away from cauliflower my whole life because the only time I saw it was on a cold veggie tray. I found out I love it cooked!