Spicy Cauliflower Casserole

Spicy Cauliflower Casserole

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A couple of days ago I bought a beautiful and fresh organic head of cauliflower and I wanted to make something else than cauliflower steaks. So I decided to make this spicy casserole that my mom used to make when I was a child (it was non-vegan though).

Besides cauliflower you’ll need half a bunch green onions, TVP mince and tomato paste. I made a kind of béchamel for baking over. For that I mixed soy milk with a couple of spices and tapioka flour and then cooked it until it thickened.

When you remove the casserole from the oven, it will a little runny, but it firms while cooling down. I like it best once cooled down and then reheated.

Make sure to season your sauce well, because the cauliflower is unseasoned and this combo is really great! I cook the cauliflower in my microwave. To do so wash the cauliflower pieces and put them wet in a microwave-safe pot and cover. Put on high power and cook for 2 Minutes. Then toss and cook for another 1 – 3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.
If you don’t have a microwave oven or you don’t want to use it, you can also steam the cauliflower or cook it in water.




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Spicy Cauliflower Casserole
Gang/Type: Main Dish
Ergibt/Yield: 2 Portions
For the mince sauce:
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) TVP mince
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp instant vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp agave nectar
  • pepper

For the white sauce:
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) soy milk
  • 1 tbsp tapioka flour - alternative corn starch
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • pepper

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  1. Cut the green onions in rings, press the garlic and cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Either cook the cauliflower in the microwave (see notes) or in water.

  2. Heat the oil in a big pan and sauté the onions and garlic. Then add the TVP mince and tomato paste and stir well. Let brown for a couple of minutes, then deglaze with water and add the spices. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.

  3. While the mince sauce is cooking, shake all the ingredients for the white sauce until combined, pour into a small pot and bring to boil while stirring. Let simmer for 1 - 2 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200° (390° F). Pour the mince sauce into a casserole, arrange the cauliflower on it and drizzle over the white sauce. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden.
To cook in the microwave wash the cauliflower and put it wet in a microwave safe pot. Cover and put in the microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Then toss and bake for another 1 - 3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. You can buy nutritional yeast and TVP mince online, if you can't find it in a store. To cook in the microwave I use my Tupperware rice cooker.


  1. Melanie
    Wednesday June 6th, 2018 / 07:11 AM

    Hallo Rina,
    Kann ich statt Tapioka stärke auch andere Stärke nehmen? Sie ist nur zum andicken oder?

    Das Rezept klingt mega lecker! Freu mich schon aufs nach kochen!
    Lieben Gruß Melanie

    • Rina
      Wednesday June 6th, 2018 / 07:13 AM

      Liebe Melanie,
      mit Tapiokastärke zieht es Fäden, aber die Sauce dickt auch mit jeder anderen Stärke ein. 😉
      Liebe Grüße

  2. Hippi
    Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 / 06:45 PM

    Muss man das Granulat nicht mit der 4fachen Wassermenge vorher quellen lassen?

    • Rina
      Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 / 07:39 PM

      Hi Hippi,
      Du brauchst das Sojagranulat vorher nicht einweichen.
      Liebe Grüße

  3. Yvonne M.
    Friday March 24th, 2017 / 07:25 PM

    Liebe Rina,
    ich habe gestern den Auflauf gemacht und er hat soooo großartig geschmeckt. Vielen Dank für das Rezept.
    Herzliche Grüße, Yvonne

    • Rina
      Friday March 24th, 2017 / 07:36 PM

      Liebe Yvonne,
      freut mich, dass er dir so gut geschmeckt hat!! ?
      Liebe Grüße

  4. Petra Janke
    Wednesday March 15th, 2017 / 05:51 AM

    Da werden Erinnerungen wach?
    Wird direkt für nächste Woche vorgemerkt☺

    • Rina
      Wednesday March 15th, 2017 / 06:06 AM

      Hehe ?
      Lass es dir schmecken! ?

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