How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower

Have you heard of Caulilini baby cauliflower? It’s a trendy new vegetable that is slowly showing up in most grocery stores. Today I’m here to introduce you to this delicious vegetable and how to roast caulilini baby cauliflower. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower on a sheet pan

Have you heard of caulilini baby cauliflower?

I read an article saying it was going to be the hit vegetable of 2020 so I immediately set out to find it. It wasn’t easy to find at first but I finally managed to find it at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. 

Since I’m a lover of all things roasted I decided I had to grab a bag of this deliciousness and give it a roast. And of course share it with all of you just in case you see it in the store and think to yourself “um, what is this?” 

I know that roasting a vegetable is a super simple recipe BUT it’s a great way to show off its true beauty. 

And don’t worry if you’re not into simple roasted vegetables. I have a few more recipes coming up that will showcase this caulilini in even more delicious ways! 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower uncooked in the store bag

What is caulilini baby cauliflower?

Besides being adorable caulilini is just another variety of cauliflower. It’s not a hybrid or a GMO it’s just good old fashioned cauliflower. I should note, even if it was a hybrid or GMO (I don’t hate science) I would still love it. 

It’s actually an Asian variety of cauliflower that is just now turning up in the US. In fact, when caulilini was first available it was only sold to restaurants. Who knew vegetables worked like that?

The thing I love the most about baby cauliflower is that it’s super tender. That means you can eat the stem without peeling or chewing heavily for 5 minutes. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower uncooked on a sheet pan

Does it go by any other names?

Yes – sorta. 

So I did a lot of research on Caulilini and here is what I learned. Caulilini is the name given to this type of cauliflower by Mann’s Food Service BUT it goes by other names around the world. 

Here are a few:

  • Karifurore
  • Stick Cauliflower
  • Fioretto
  • Flowering cauliflower
  • Biancoli 
  • Loose cauliflower
  • Sweet sprouting cauliflower

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower roasted on a sheet pan

How to cook caulilini baby cauliflower?

For this recipe, I obviously went roasted. I LOVE a good roasted vegetable and I just can’t see myself not almost exclusively wanting to eat this (and almost every other) vegetable roasted. 

BUT if roasted vegetables aren’t your thing I’m happy to report that blanched and steamed both results in a tasty spear of baby cauliflower. Just finish it off with a little pat of salted butter and you’re set. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower close up shot

Liked learning how to roast caulilini baby cauliflower? 

Why not try some of my other delicious vegetable side dishes! 

How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower

How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower


  • 12 ounces baby cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet add baby cauliflower.
  3. Drizzle baby cauliflower with olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.
  4. Toss to combine and spread out baby cauliflower so it's not overlapping.
  5. Roast for about 10-15 minutes or until you have reached your desired doneness. I like to roast mine closer to 15 minutes as it gives me some darker brown char on the ends of the baby cauliflower.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 542mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

64 Responses to “Cauliflower Cheddar Beer Soup”

  1. #
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — March 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

    This looks amazing!! So creamy and cheesy πŸ™‚

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:55 am

      Thank you! I’m having a bowl for breakfast πŸ™‚

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    Melissa Belanger — March 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

    This looks so good!! I saw your photo on Instagram last night and was hoping you would post the recipe soon. I have a huge head of cauliflower in the fridge just waiting for me to do something with it. I guess this is it!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 am

      I hope you like the recipe! It’s a perfect use for that head of cauliflower!

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    Gina — March 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    you posted it! yay! That soup was seriously good. This is so getting made at some point this week. Thanks for doing the leg work on it πŸ˜‰

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      Hooray! I hope you like it πŸ™‚ I think the Newcastle had a stronger beer taste than the soup at Babycakes but I liked it.

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    Erica — March 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I’ve made several varieties for cauliflower soup and have never been disappointed- it just makes the yummiest soup! This sounds amazing

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      I was so surprised how well cauliflower went with this soup! It made it so creamy!

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    Tracey — March 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Cheddar beer soup is one of my favorites so I’m loving this healthier take on it! I wonder if I could convince my husband to give it a try?? Gorgeous pics lady πŸ™‚

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

      Don’t even tell him it has cauliflower in it…he won’t even notice πŸ™‚

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    bellini — March 25, 2013 at 9:49 am

    This is definitely a way that I could get into eating cauliflower.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 12:01 am

      It’s really delicious! I hope you give it at try! πŸ™‚

  7. #
    Candace Karu — March 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I just got a Vitamix and this recipe looks amazing. Win/win!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 12:00 am

      Thanks Candace! I’m in love with my Vitamix! I use it almost two times a day. I’m pretty sure my readers are sick of seeing me use it…haha πŸ™‚

  8. #
    Tiffany — March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This looks amazing! I am printing the recipe now! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

      Thanks Tiff! Chat soon πŸ™‚

  9. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Yes, please! This sounds lovely!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

      Thank you! I was so please at how well the cauliflower worked in the soup!

  10. #
    Faith — March 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This looks incredibly creamy and delicious. I love comforting soups like this…they’re perfect for this chilly weather!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

      The only thing that make chilly weather acceptable is the fact that I can eat soup πŸ™‚

  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I am loving the color of this – the flavors and those wooden bowls!

    And how fun that you had a blogger meetup. Chatting for hours is a great thing.

    The Perrier water and moving at a snails pace…omg you must live in my town πŸ™‚ I can totally relate!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

      Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to deal with those crazy college students. I swear they don’t know how to grocery shop efficiently! πŸ™‚

  12. #
    Jen B — March 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    That looks delicious. Great photos too! πŸ™‚

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

      Thank you Jen!

  13. #
    Joanne — March 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Aww how fun!! I so wish I lived closer to you guys! Blogger lunches/coffee dates/dinners are the best! This soup looks totally good for the soul!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

      I wish you lived closer too! We should get together one day while I’m in the city!

  14. #
    peabody — March 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Clearly this is how you eat your veggies…with beer and cheese.

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      Exactly! Vegetables are always better when they are covered in beer and cheese πŸ™‚

  15. #
    Winnie — March 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I dare say this looks even better than the soup we had. Can’t wait to try it (or to see you again)!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

      Awwww you’re too sweet πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for lunch again!

  16. #
    rebecca — March 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    looks so good and hope spring comes soon too

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

      Me too! I’m ready to open the windows and spend more time outside! Hurry up spring!

  17. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I’m pretty speechless here… this is absolutely drool worthy!!!

    • Brandy replied: — March 25th, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

      Thanks Lori! I even had a bowl for breakfast πŸ™‚

  18. #
    katie — March 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    WOW! This looks divine. And how fun you got to hangout with fellow food bloggers! You crack me up about the college students in the grocery store. I’m sure she was probably rail thin, too since all she was consuming was bubbly water!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      Rail thin…yep! I wish you lived closer. I would love to have a “hang out” in real life πŸ™‚

  19. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — March 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This looks absolutely divine. I totally avoid grocery stores on the weekends at all costs! People are super slow and so rude. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a bunch of sweat pant-clad zombie-like hungover college students roaming around the store aimlessly.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

      That is exactly what it is like! It really is a pain living in a town where they are 4 colleges….ugh!

  20. #
    carrian — March 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This is just unreal!! It looks as beautiful as can be!

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      Thank you Carrian!

  21. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    not only do i love the sounds of this soup recipe, but i love your wooden bowls too! i love your photography. πŸ™‚

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

      Thank you Sally! I got the bowls at Home Goods for only $3 a piece!!!

  22. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — March 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I LOVE the bowls you used and you pictures are gorgeous. My husband would love this soup – I am totally going to make it for him soon!! And I am going to find wooden bowls like these and use them as an excuse to make the soup exactly like yours, bowls and all!!! ha ha

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      Hahaha thanks Shanna! I got the bowls at Home Goods for only $3 a piece!

  23. #
    Reeni — March 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Boozy, cheesy, bacon-y and good for you cauliflower? Definitely a soup I can easily love! Plus your pictures make me feel like I can reach in and really eat it. If only I had a spoon.

    • Brandy replied: — March 26th, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

      It’s a perfect soup for this cold weather we are having. I hope it warms up soon!!!!!

  24. #
    Crystal — March 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    This looks so good! I have a hard time getting my husband to eat cauliflower, and I love it. Maybe with the addition of beer, he won’t be able to pass it up! πŸ™‚ I too hate going to the store on Sundays. Saturdays are also bad for us.

  25. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I need to give cauliflower another try. I think if I roasted it and made this soup I could be converted. Beautiful photos (as always!) too.

  26. #
    hungryandfrozen — March 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This sounds so incredible. The weather here is getting continually colder and colder, so I am most definitely going to keep this in mind for future making.

    • Brandy replied: — April 4th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      I hope you like it! It’s perfect for cold evenings!

  27. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 11, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Booze, cheese and veggies? It’s all the important food groups in one glorious, cozy soup!

  28. #
    Cynthia — November 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, this soup looks absolutely amazing. Can you tell me if it has much of a beer flavor. We are just know into the taste of beer, so I’m leery about trying this one. If it does taste like beer, could I substitute more chicken broth and have it taste yummy? Thanks.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 16th, 2013 @ 12:13 am

      Hi Cynthia! The soup does have a bit of beer flavor and if your not a fan I think stock would work just fine. You would still gets lots of yummy flavor from the cauliflower and cheese.

  29. #
    Jen — January 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    This has wayyyyyyyy too much beer in it! It was super butter and unfortunately unedible. My husband and I were really looking foward to eating this tonight. I followed the recipe, but might only need 1 bottle of beer….:(

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 26th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

      Hi Jen! The soup definitely has a beer taste but it doesn’t usually come out bitter. If you would like to mellow out the taste I would recommend adding in more chicken stock and cooking it down to make it lovely and thick again. I’m super sorry you didn’t like the way it turned out. Do you mind if I ask what beer you used? Thanks!

  30. #
    Molly — January 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    This was so so good!!!! I’m a veggo so I left out the bacon and used vegetable stock. I added some smoked paprika and a roasted red pepper (because I had it). Will defiantly make again! I made some soft pretzels to use for dippers — amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — January 31st, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      Hi Molly! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know you liked the recipe! I love the idea of adding smoked paprika (its my favorite spice!) and roasted red pepper. Plus those pretzel dippers sound amazing!

  31. #
    Judy — April 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for this delicious recipe. I just made a batch of it–so easy and so delicious. What a great way to get good for you veggies in your diet without even really knowing it.

  32. #
    Jessica — November 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Do you take the bay leaf out before putting it in the blender?
    FYI you have the bay leaf listed twice on the ingredients and in the directions..
    Does the alcohol cook off? I have a 3-year old who eats what we eat. Wondering if this is inappropriate for kids. Not worried about the beer flavor, just the alcohol. Thanks.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 18th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

      Hi Jessica! I have fixed my mistake in the recipe, thank you! I’m fairly certain the alcohol has cooked off in this soup but I’m not 100%. It does cook for awhile so I would feel confident serving it to a child if that helps πŸ™‚


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