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Cauliflower Parmesan [Vegan]

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This unusual take on a popular Italian dish is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. It has all of the flavors of the original without all of the fat and dairy. This dish takes a little more effort than most in this cookbook, so save it for guests or for when you want to treat yourself to something special. Steam the leftover cauliflower and use it in a bowl, or on a salad.

Cauliflower Parmesan [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Soy Free Vegan






For the Cauliflower:

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup water sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces whole grain linguine
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6-8 tablespoons vegan Parmesan (recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce

For the Vegan Parmesan:

  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup toasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seeds


To Make the Parmesan:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture has the texture of grated Parmesan cheese. Do not over-process or you will have Parmesan butter.

To Make the Cauliflower:

  1. Turn the oven on to broil and heat to 425°F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Cut the cauliflower heads in half through the stem, then trim each half so you have a cutlet 1-1 1/2 inches thick.
  4. Place the cauliflower cutlets in a large skillet and add the 1/2 cup water to the pan. Cook the cutlets for 5 minutes over medium heat, until almost tender. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste and place the cutlets on a nonstick baking sheet or one lined with parchment paper.
  5.  Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package instructions.
  6.  Add the garlic, basil, and oregano to a blender and puree for 30 seconds. Drizzle the garlic mixture evenly over the cooked cauliflower cutlets and sprinkle vegan Parmesan on top.
  7.  Bake the cutlets for 8–10 minutes, until the cutlets are lightly browned.
  8.  To serve, divide the cooked linguine among four plates and top with the pasta sauce. Place a cauliflower cutlet on top of the pasta sauce for each plate.





Del Sroufe's passion for cooking began at eight years old and never faded. Sroufe opened Del’s Bread, a vegan bakery, before beginning vegan meal delivery service in 2001, serving eclectic plant-based cuisine to Columbus residents. He continues to teach cooking classes at local venues like Whole Foods, Community Recreation Centers, and The Wellness Forum. Sroufe is also the author of Better Than Vegan and the bestseller, Forks Over Knives — The Cookbook. Learn more at Wellness Forum Foods.



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4 comments on “Cauliflower Parmesan [Vegan]”

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Debie Bechtold
2 Years Ago

This recipe doesn't seem complete at all to me- what is the breaking shown in the picture- it's not just the spices

Kat Smith
15 Jun 2016

Hi, Debie! That's the toasted sesame seeds, cashews, and nutritional yeast. :)

3 Years Ago

This is a must make !

3 Years Ago

sorry to brake it to you if it\'s vegan it\'s not anything Parmesan.
there is such a thing called as DOP (Protected Designation of Origin)
in the US you can call a cheese Parmesan if it\'s similar to the genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Parma, in the EU you can\'t.
but you definitely can\'t call it Parmesan if it isn\'t even cheese.

i\'m still going to try it, it looks delicious


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