Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks #Ragu

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
YIELD: 4 steaks




  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cut the rounded sides off the cauliflower. Cut each center piece in half lengthwise in order to make 2 steaks. Make sure to carefully remove any green, leafy bottoms from the cauliflower steaks.
  • Rinse off the steaks and the florets. Place in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the buttermilk, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp of salt together. Set aside. Pulse together 2 cups arugula, pine nuts, 1/4 cup parmesan, garlic, basil, remaining salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup olive oil for 30 seconds; set aside.
  • Drain the cauliflower, and place them into a large gallon plastic, resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of boiling water. Pour the buttermilk marinade into the bag, and coat the cauliflower very well. Marinate the steaks for an hour by laying the bag flat. Carefully, flipping the bag over halfway through.
  • Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Mix the remaining parmesan with the breadcrumbs. Set aside for dredging along with the flour and egg wash.
  • Remove the cauliflower steaks from the bag. Drain. Dredge one side of each steak in flour, egg wash, and lastly, parmesan bread crumbs. Place the steaks dredged side up on a baking rack along with the other marinated florets. Place the baking rack in a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.
  • Roast on 450F degrees for 30 minutes, covered. Uncover for the last 15 minutes until fork tender.
  • In an electric blender, blend all the smaller roasted florets, the Ragú pasta sauce, and reserved water until smooth. Heat stovetop on medium-high heat. Assemble each plate with sauce, pesto, a cauliflower steak, and additional arugula.