Roasted Cauliflower in Spicy Marinara Sauce

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Roasted Cauliflower in Spicy Marinara Sauce

This Roasted Cauliflower In Spicy Marinara Sauce dish is quick and easy to make and comes out crazy delicious every time I make it. I have created so many variations and my family has never been disappointed. Serve as a side or main.

Roasted Cauliflower In Marinara Sauce


Lately, my family has been crazy about all my cauliflower recipe creations. I can’t blame them because they love my, Cauliflower Nuggets and Cauliflower Hash Browns. This Roasted Cauliflower in Spicy Marinara Sauce is my latest, seasoned cauliflower roasted and then smothered with a spicy marinara sauce tastes amazing.

This unique take on cauliflower is the perfect entree, delicious served with spaghetti or even mashed potatoes will be one you will serve again and again.

Roasted Cauliflower In Marinara Sauce

How To Make Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

I used a store-bought marinara sauce, you can make your own or substitute with your favorite marinara or tomato sauce. I used turmeric and cumin spices to add a warm flavor to the sauce. You won’t be disappointed with the dish, it’s definitely worth the try.

Cut the cauliflower in bite-sized pieces so they can soak up all the flavors of the spicy marinara sauce. Toss the cauliflower pieces in almond milk, then seasoning mix of brown rice, tapioca starch, salt, and bake. Meanwhile, prepare the spicy marinara sauce.

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225 kcal / 941 kJ
9 g
5 g
35 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

15 min
35 min
Ready in:
1 h
4 Servings


Spicy Marinara Sauce


  1. Preheat oven 425 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite sized florets. Using a colander wash and drain florets and place in a large bowl, toss to coat with almond milk.
  3. In a medium bowl combine, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and salt. Sprinkle seasoning to coat cauliflower florets. Transfer to the baking sheet in single layer and roast for 25-30 minutes, turning halfway. Remove from oven and place in a serving bowl.
  4. In the meantime. heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan on medium-heat.
  5. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, turmeric and cook for a minute.
  6. Add marinara sauce, sugar and water. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to blend.
  7. Toss roasted cauliflower with spicy marinara sauce and serve.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Sherri
    June 20, 2018

    Hello Michelle,
    I tried the recipe and it was delicious. This is going to be one of the recipes that will help me to focus on living a healthier life. Be blessed!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 20, 2018

      Sherri, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. All the best on your journey.

  2. Bea
    November 21, 2016

    I love the idea but I don’t have the ingredients …. can I just use regular milk, regular flour and corn starch? I think my kids would love it…

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 21, 2016

      Bea you sure can, I just don’t know how it will turn out. I would be happy to know though!

      • Bea
        November 21, 2016

        It turned out good! My kids ate it and I loved it! I added ground beef to it for the kids. Delicious! Thank you!

        • Michelle Blackwood
          November 21, 2016

          Awesome, thank you for your feedback. I’m happy your children enjoyed it!

  3. Shannon Peterson
    January 29, 2016

    Yum! I might tone down the spice a little, but this sounds great!

  4. Ana
    January 28, 2016

    WOAO I am speechless with this, 5 stars with no doubts, awesome recipe |

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2016

      Thanks Ana!

  5. Megan @ A Dash of Megnut
    January 28, 2016

    I love cauliflower! I’m going to give this a try!

  6. Jonathan
    January 28, 2016

    Wow this looks so yummy and easy to make! We love cauliflower in our home too!

  7. Amy
    January 28, 2016

    Looks super yummy! I am giving you 5 stars

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2016

      Thanks Amy!

  8. MyTeenGuide
    January 27, 2016

    That looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try this.

  9. OurFamilyWorld
    January 27, 2016

    What a yummy way to jazz up cauliflower. I have to try this.

  10. Erica Brooks
    January 27, 2016

    That looks delicious! I’ve been going meatless a couple of days a week and will have to add this to my menu.

  11. Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 27, 2016

    This looks amazing! I love how many cauliflower recipes I have been seeing pop up as an alternative to meat. Definitely pinning to try.

  12. Manal Obieda
    January 27, 2016

    oh my…this looks so delicious and hearty. I am so into any new recipes with cauliflower these days…thanks for sharing…

  13. Allison
    January 27, 2016

    So yum! We are loving everything cauliflower at our house right now – definitely adding this to the menu!

  14. Claudette Esterine
    January 27, 2016

    The things you can do with cauliflower! This looks so amazing!

  15. Dana
    January 27, 2016

    This looks and sounds delicious! I would have never thought to do this and now I’m really excited to try it.

  16. Maddie
    January 27, 2016

    I don’t really like spicy foods, but that looks amazing.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 27, 2016

      The good thing in this recipe is you have total control of the recipe, since its made from scratch you just omit the pepper!

  17. Lexie Lane
    January 27, 2016

    Woah. I’m craving. I really love spicy foods. Need to try this soon.

  18. michelle
    January 27, 2016

    i am just starting to eat cauliflower and i think this would help me to like it better

  19. Ana De- Jesus
    January 27, 2016

    Ooh I love a bit of spice it sounds like a delicious meal!

  20. nicole escat
    January 27, 2016

    I never knew this but The cauliflower was look awesome with spicy

  21. Patrice
    January 27, 2016

    I love easy dish for dinner. Cauliflower make this dish look and sound tasty have to try recipe

  22. Elizabeth O.
    January 26, 2016

    Cauliflower is an awesome ingredient, it absorbs flavor really well and it’s not fatty at all. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks so good!

  23. Eugenia
    January 26, 2016

    What an amazing recipe! Your photos look so appetizing :-)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks Eugenia!

  24. Kerry R.
    January 26, 2016

    Roasted cauliflower in marinara sauce! Who would have taught this would be possible with cauliflower. I am loving it!

  25. tara pittman
    January 26, 2016

    I love this twist on cauliflower. I so need to try this.

  26. Amber
    January 26, 2016

    This sounds amazing. I would have never thought of this. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    January 26, 2016

    That sounds so good. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies!

  28. Debi
    January 25, 2016

    Hi Michelle,
    I just picked up a couple cauliflower heads, and I love spicy! One question on the recipe though: how much tapioca starch and salt should be included on the ingredient list?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 25, 2016

      Thanks Debi for catching it, its 1 tablespoon tapioca starch and 1/2 teaspoon salt. It accidentally got omitted!