Cauliflower Bake with Tomato & Mozzarella

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This cheesy cauliflower bake is packed with tomato sauce, mozzarella and panko breadcrumbs. It’s a filling and delicious winter warmer!

Oh it’s so cheesy and amazing 🧀

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This bake is exactly what I need every night of the winter. It’s so filling and comforting but at the same time you’re also eating a lot of cauliflower which makes you feel like you’re being almost healthy.

It’s also pretty simple to make. You roast the cauliflower while you make the sauce so that once both of those are ready you can build the bake adding layers of cauliflower, sauce, cheese and panko until you’re ready to get it all melty in the oven.

Once you take it out the oven you’ll be faced with the most perfect dish of bubbly, cheesy deliciousness. The cauliflower will be perfectly tender and the panko on top will be crispy. The whole thing is my winter comfort food dream.

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Why we love this cauliflower bake…

This is a great vegetarian comfort food dish thanks to all the melty cheese and that rich and delicious tomato sauce throughout.

It’s so easy to make, especially with a clever bit of multitasking, so you can still get this amazing winter warmer on the table on a weeknight.

Despite all the cheese you still get a nice hit of vegetable thanks to a whole cauliflower and you can bulk it out even more by adding extra veggies like broccoli, kale or anything else you fancy!

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Cauliflower and Tomato Bake Ingredients

This section is here to provide further tips and ideas for alternative ingredients. The full recipe and instructions are included in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

Tomato Sauce: This tomato sauce is a simple and classic combination of olive oil, garlic, fresh and tinned tomatoes, bay leaf and chilli flakes.

Cauliflower: This is roasted before being baked in the sauce so it gets a bit caramelised and super tender.

Panko: This is sprinkled throughout the bake and on top so some of it gets soft and melty in the sauce and the rest gets crispy and crunchy on top.

Cheese: I go for a mixture of parmesan (or a vegetarian alternative) and mozzarella.


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How to make cauliflower cheese bake

Roast the cauliflower: Toss the cauliflower with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes.

Make the sauce: While the cauliflower cooks start the sauce by heating olive oil over a medium heat. Fry the garlic followed by the chilli flakes, chopped and fresh tomatoes and the bay leaf. Simmer.

Make the bake: Spread a layer of sauce in a baking dish and top with half the cauliflower followed by half the panko and cheese. Pour over half the sauce followed by the rest of the cauliflower. Add the rest of the sauce and top with the remaining cheese and panko and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Equipment you need to make this recipe….


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Cauliflower Bake with Tomato & Mozzarella

This cheesy cauliflower bake is packed with tomato sauce, mozzarella and panko breadcrumbs. It's a filling and delicious winter warmer!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 595kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 head Cauliflower cut into florets
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 cloves Garlic sliced
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 150 g Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 75 g Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 100 g Parmesan or vegetarian alternative
  • 250 g Mozzarella cut into small pieces
  • Thyme Sprigs to serve


  • Heat the oven to 220°C/430°F. Toss the cauliflower with 2 tbsp olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower roasts heat the remaining olive oil over a medium heat and add the garlic, cook for a couple of minutes then add the chilli flakes. Stir in the chopped and cherry tomatoes and the bay leaf. Season well. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes then remove the bay leaf.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a medium baking dish and top with half the cauliflower. Sprinkle with half the panko and half the cheeses. Pour over half the sauce. Add the remaining cauliflower, the rest of the sauce and top everything with the rest of the cheese and panko. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and bubbling.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Bake with Tomato & Mozzarella
Amount Per Serving
Calories 595 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 1264mg53%
Potassium 1007mg29%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1035IU21%
Vitamin C 97mg118%
Calcium 749mg75%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    09/12/2020 at 11:02 PM

    5 stars
    Served this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint! Loved all the rich flavors and cheesy goodness!

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    09/12/2020 at 11:05 PM

    5 stars
    My family loves cauliflower, so I am definitely going to try this for dinner this week. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply
    10/12/2020 at 12:37 AM

    5 stars
    Omg this is comfort food at its best!! It was super easy to make and my whole family (including my kids) loved it!

  • Reply
    10/12/2020 at 1:14 AM

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and tasty! I can’t wait to give this a try! So excited!

  • Reply
    10/12/2020 at 1:51 AM

    5 stars
    I need some new vegetarian ideas for dinner. Definitely going to try this. Thank you!

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