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Roasted garlic mashed cauliflower topped with chives in a white bowl with ricotta cheese
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Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower and garlic are whipped with creamy ricotta cheese for a delicious side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Salt, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Alicia


  • 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed into florets (about a 3 pound whole cauliflower)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6-7 garlic cloves, skin on
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: fresh chives for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread florets and garlic on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes until nicely browned in spots. Remove the garlic from skin (it should be soft and you can just push the inner clove out).
  • In a food processor, combine the cauliflower, roasted garlic, ricotta, and butter. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally to make sure it all gets blended. Taste and adjust any seasonings and serve warm.


  • Use a quality ricotta cheese without gums for the best texture and flavor. 
  • Don't worry about it being too much garlic. The flavor softens during roasting. 


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg