Cauliflower Gratin with Couscous and Parmesan

The rich, creamy Parmesan cheese sauce is a nice match for subtle cauliflower, and crisp bread crumbs add texture over the couscous.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
4 servings


  • ½ head green cabbage, torn into small pieces

  • 4 thin slices pancetta

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • ¼ cup couscous

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ cup coarsely grated Swiss cheese

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a baking pan.

  2. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking pan with cabbage. Arrange pancetta over the cabbage. Top with cauliflower and couscous.

  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Reduce heat to medium-low; whisk in milk. Cook until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Whisk in oregano and salt. Add Swiss cheese, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk until smooth. Pour sauce over the cauliflower in the baking pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking until cauliflower is tender, about 20 minutes more. Tent with aluminum foil if top is browning too quickly. Transfer gratin to a wire rack; let cool, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute cabbage with any salad greens of your choice.

Substitute Gruyere cheese for the Swiss cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
13g Fat
37g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 152mg 760%
Calcium 301mg 23%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1060mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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