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Cheddar Basil Cauliflower

If you grow your own basil or like to keep it on hand, you'll want to save some for a side of flavorful, versatile cauliflower. I love how this dish not only warms you up in winter but also is delicious in summer made with garden-fresh produce.—David Harper, Clackamas, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups small fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first 7 ingredients. Cover and cook over medium heat until cauliflower is tender, 10-12 minutes, stirring once. Transfer to a small serving bowl; sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 128 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 fat-free milk.

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  • Orbs
    Apr 18, 2015

    Delicious side dish! I used the white wine and the dried basil with an orange cauliflower. I would make this recipe again.

  • puzzlemad
    Feb 19, 2015

    I didn't care for this. I did end up adding more water because the cauliflower was beginning to scotch. I did not use wine or fresh basil so that May have been a factor.

  • keverwann
    Mar 10, 2008

    This is the best way to eat fresh cauliflower! It was so yummy! This dish was finished before the main dishes at dinner tonight.