What’s in Season: 12 Cozy Cauliflower Dishes to Warm Up Winter Nights

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired December 09, 2015

Whether you and your family members think you like cauliflower or not, we challenge you to not love all of these rich, savory, comforting winter dishes that feature cauliflower in a starring role.

No. 1: Valerie Bertinelli’s Herbed Mashed Cauliflower

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Valerie cooks cauliflower in salted water, then purees with parsley, dill, Greek yogurt, butter and garlic. She garnishes with parmesan cheese, then serves. Yum!

No. 2: Thug Kitchen's Cauliflower Cream Pasta with Fresh Herbs

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This recipe from Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook lightens up a cream sauce by thickening it with pureed cauliflower, and use non-dairy almond milk as the base. Healthy and yummy!

No. 3: Sicilian-Style Cauliflower Perciatelli

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Can’t get your family to eat cauliflower? Here’s your in. This pasta recipe has it all – it’s hearty, homey, nutritious and delicious. Yum!

No. 4: Cauliflower Pappardelle with Gorgonzola

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This beautiful, homey dish is perfect for a winter evening in. Thick ribbons of pappardelle pasta are tossed with cauliflower and a garlicky gorgonzola cream sauce.

No. 5: Roast Cauliflower Bites with Kale Pesto

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This is a great cocktail party appetizer that will make people forget it is good for you! It’s little bites of roasted cauliflower topped with a homemade kale pesto.

No. 6: Curtis Stone’s Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli and Pasta Bake with White Cheddar

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This is a side that could be a main dish if you are looking a vegetarian entree. The vegetables are roasted separately to develop maximum flavor.

Tip: No need to buy pre-made breadcrumbs. Just make your own with the leftover bread you already have in your pantry.

No. 7: Cheesy Cauliflower

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Creamy mashed cauliflower blended with herbed Boursin cheese makes for a side dish the whole family will love! It's also easy to prep ahead.

Tip: Don't bother to chop up the cauliflower -- if you cook it with half a cup of liquid (water or stock) in a tightly covered pan, the steam will cook it through, and you can just mash it up.

No. 8: Cacio e Pepe Bucatini with Roasted Cauliflower

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Cacio e Pepe translates to cheese and pepper, so this is a recipe for a complex dish featuring thick bucatini pasta tossed with roasted cauliflower and a cheese sauce. Yum!

No. 9: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic Ricotta Cream Sauce

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This decadent dish is the perfect vegetable dish to warm you up on a winter night. Roast and entire head of cauliflower, then top with a roasted garlic cream sauce. No one in the family is going to say no to this one!

No. 10: Curtis Stone’s Potato, Cauliflower, and Camembert Gratin

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This sophisticated Gratin is an excellent addition to any winter table.

No. 11: Cauliflower Pizza Dough

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A figure-friendly and super-healthy pizza dough that you can make with only two ingredients? Yes, please!

No. 12: Sun-Dried Tomato Cauliflower

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This delish recipe features only two ingredients! Just toss cauliflower florets with sun-dried tomato pesto, then roast for 15 minutes! How easy is that?

What’s your favorite way to prepare cauliflower? Share below, and watch Rachael make her mouthwatering Cauliflower Pappardelle with Gorgonzola below.

Cauliflower Pappardelle with Gorgonzola

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