Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Risotto

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”  Mark Twain

With temperatures flirting with single digits, it seemed like a good time to make a creamy comforting risotto.  We had enjoyed a cauliflower risotto on a recent trip to Washington and I tried recreating it here.  I roasted a whole head of cauliflower but puréed half of it in broth to add body and loads of nutrition to the risotto. The leek and sausage added bold flavor.  You could substitute pancetta or bacon for the sausage or omit it altogether for a vegetarian option.  The final dish was creamy and delicious with the flavor of the cauliflower shining through.



  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut in 1/2 inch florets

1 T olive oil

4-5 c chicken broth

1 leek, diced

1 T butter

1 3 oz link of smoked chicken or turkey sausage, diced

1 1\2 c Arborio rice

1\2 c grated parmesan cheese

1/2 chopped flat leaf parsley


1-  Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and toss the cauliflower in 1 T oil.  Roast on lower rack for 20 minutes, stirring once.  Reserve half as a topping.  Place half in a blender or food processor and purée with about 1 c of the broth until smooth.

2-  Melt butter in a large skillet and cook the leeks and sausage until the leek is transparent. Add the rice and sauté 1 minute.  Add 1/2 c of broth and stir until absorbed. Continue adding broth In 1/2 c increments, stirring constantly until rice is cooked.  Add the puréed cauliflower and parmesan and cook through, another minute or two.  Stir in the parsley.

3-  Serve in bowls and top with reserved cauliflower florets.

Sautéing the leeks and sausage

Sautéing the leeks and sausage

Stirring in the broth in 1/2 c increments

Stirring in the broth in 1/2 c increments


Adding the puréed cauliflower to the cooked risotto


Hearty and satisfying, a wonderful  risotto.


9 thoughts on “Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Risotto

    • I think I went 25 yrs or longer not eating cauliflower. Childhood boiled veggie in regular rotation, white color making me feel it was nutritionally not as healthy as green veggies but now? Putting it everywhere! Wish I could get you a dish:)

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      • It wasn’t until I left home and began cooking FRESH veggies that I began to like so many things! Carrots and peas I especially hated because Mom would serve the frozen mixed veggies! 🙂

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