Parmesan pesto cauliflower rice is a quick, healthy side dish flavored with Parmesan cheese and pesto sauce. Its light and fluffy texture make this lower-carb dish a treat!
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Parmesan Pesto Cauliflower Rice

Parmesan pesto cauliflower rice is a quick, healthy side dish flavored with Parmesan cheese and pesto sauce. Its light and fluffy texture make this lower-carb dish a treat!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 159kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower (see note)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, divided (1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts*
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the cauliflower head into four sections and then cut away the middle stem to separate the florets from the stem. Place the florets in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is in very small pieces. Remove cauliflower from food processor and wipe clean for the pesto later on.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add broken up cauliflower and stir. Cover and cook 5 or so minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower has softened slightly. Remove from heat once done.
  • Add basil leaves, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and 2 tbsp Parmesan to food processor and pulse until the pesto is broken up and cohesive, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Once cauliflower has been removed from the heat, stir in lemon juice, pesto sauce, remaining 6 tbsp (1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese), and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

I weighed the cauliflower florets after they had been pulsed in the food processor and I had about 14 oz of cauliflower rice.
*If you don't have pine nuts, you can use walnuts or almonds.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 1.2g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 2%