Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Loaded Cauliflower Pizza Style

I am always trying to come up with a new side dish and this loaded cauliflower bake is one of my new creations. I have often made  a cauliflower casserole with bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. I have some friends who follow a keto diet, and they raved about it, so I gave the dish a try. Delicious!

This time though, I decided to give the cauliflower a pizza flavour. The cauliflower is coated in pizza sauce, topped with pepperoni, green olives and mozzarella cheese. The casserole is baked until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

I instantly fell in love with this dish. It totally does taste like pizza.

I know some people who try to stay away from carbs and this is an excellent way to get that pizza flavour without having the crust. Plus with the cauliflower it gives you extra veggies.

Even my kids loved it!!

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Boil the cauliflower florets until tender. Drain and place in a casserole dish.

Pour the pizza sauce on top.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Gently toss the cauliflower so that they are evenly coated in the sauce. Make sure that you are careful when turning, since the cauliflower is delicate and can fall apart easily.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Top with the cubed pepperoni and sliced green olives.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.

I also saved a little bit of the pepperoni and green olives and put some of them on top of the cheese.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

Bake in a 400F oven for 15-20 minutes.

Cauliflower casserole with pepperoni green olives pizza sauce and mozzarella

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Loaded Cauliflower Pizza Style Casserole

Loaded cauliflower bake casserole with pizza sauce, pepperoni, green olives and mozzarella cheese. Cheesy and delicious side dish!!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Casserole, Cauliflower, Pepperoni, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower , cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup pepperoni , diced
  • 1/2 cup green olives , sliced
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Boil cut up cauliflower until tender. Drain.
  • Place cooked cauliflower in a casserole dish. Pour the pizza sauce on top of the cauliflower florets and gently toss so they are evenly coated in the sauce. Evenly spread the cauliflower in the dish. 
  • Top with diced pepperoni, green olives and grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in a 400F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the green is melted and starting to bubble.
  • Serve hot.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

4 comments

  1. Pinning and loving the idea ! Thank you so much !

  2. It certainly looks delicious. A nice idea for cauliflower! So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. Sharing!

  3. Thank you, looks like an easy, simple recipe with only six ingredients… my style.

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