Cheesy Pesto Bacon Cauliflower Bake

Cheesy Pesto Bacon Cauliflower Bake

Cheesy Pesto Bacon Cauliflower Bake

Wow! Is all I can say. Ok, I can say a few more things about this delicious casserole / bake! What a perfect combination of Pesto, Cheese and Bacon completely smothering roasted Cauliflower! Can you think of anything better? Seriously, it’s super easy to make whether for yourself or to please a crowd. Great as a side dish, served along with salad or tossed in with pasta. Even perfect as is, in a big bowl.

Serves 2-4



2 Medium Heads of Cauliflower

4 Strips of Vegan Bacon ( I used one from All Vegetarian Inc.)

1/3 cup plus 3 Tbsp of Fresh Pesto

2/3 cup Shredded Mozzarella ( I used Daiya)

Salt & Pepper to taste

PESTO ( makes a generous amount)

2 1/2 Cups Organic Basil Leaves

1/3 cup Pine Nuts

1/2 cup grated Parmesan ( I like Violife or Follow Your Heart)

2 cloves of Garlic

1/4 - 1/3 cup Grapeseed Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions for Pesto:

1. Put all the ingredients except the Oil into a food processor and pulse until well combined

2. With the processor running, slowly add just enough Oil until well combined and resembles a wet paste


1. Make the Pesto according to the directions in this recipe and set in the refrigerator until ready to use.

2. Cut the Cauliflower into florets. Drizzle with a little bit of oil, Salt & Pepper them and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes. Set aside

3. Sauté the Bacon in a bit of oil for about 5 minutes until crispy. Make sure to keep flipping them over while cooking. Drain on a paper towel and cut into smallish pieces. Set aside.

4. In a large bowl mix together the roasted Cauliflower, Pesto, Mozzarella Cheese and Bacon together and pour into a cast iron skillet or baking dish

5. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cheese is nicely melted. Remove cover and continue baking for another 5 minutes until slightly browned