Braised Cauliflower with Plum Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

prep time

20 minutes

cook time

40 minutes

servings

6
Creamy, homemade pesto tops this vegetable dish of cauliflower, bacon, diced tomatoes, fresh basil and feta. Serve as a side dish or as a light main dish.

ingredients

4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 shallots, peeled and chopped
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Diced Tomatoes in rich tomato juice, drained
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 cup fresh torn basil leaves
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 large heads cauiflower, cut into florets
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Basil Pesto
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
4 cups fresh packed basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste

instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350o F.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until golden brown, remove bacon and set aside.
  • To the bacon fat, add oil, garlic and shallots; cook for 5 minutes being careful not to burn the garlic. Add diced tomatoes, red pepper, basil leaves, sea salt and black pepper. Bring to a light simmer and add in cauliflower.
  • Transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with feta cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

While cauliflower is cooking, make the Basil Pesto

  • In a food processor, pulse garlic, pine nuts and basil until mixed together.
  • Add in Parmesan cheese and then slowly add in the oil.
  • When oil is incorporated, add in lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
  • Garnish top of cooked cauliflower with the Basil Pesto.

nutrition

  • Calories:
    280
    |
  • Fats:
    19.0
    g
    |
  • Trans Fats:
    0
    g
    |
  • Cholesterol:
    20
    mg
    |
  • Sodium:
    1070
    mg
    |
  • Carbohydrate:
    19
    g
    |
  • Fiber:
    6
    g
    |
  • Protein:
    11
    g
    |
  • Vitamin A:
    40
    %
    |
  • Vitamin C:
    190
    %
    |
  • Calcium:
    20
    %
    |
  • Iron:
    15
    %

  • Braised Cauliflower with Basil Pesto

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