Parmesan lemon roasted cauliflower is one of our favorite ways to cook cauliflower. Roasting brings out cauliflowers natural sweetness. Topped with parmesan cheese and fresh lemon, this is a lovely side dish (even for those that may not be cauliflower fans).
1 medium cauliflower cut into florets (about 5 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 ounce grated parmesan cheese (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice from half a lemon
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Add cauliflower florets to baking sheet and top with olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Using kitchen tongs or hands, toss until florets are well coated. Spread florets into a single layer.
Roast the cauliflower for 20 minutes, stir, and then continue to roast until tips and edges have turned golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
Scatter the parmesan over cauliflower and place back into the oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and begins to brown. Remove from the oven and finish with lemon zest and lemon juice on top.