Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
28 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups)


How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in beef. Sprinkle with salt and peppers, and sauté 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in sauce and olives.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 3

Steam cauliflower 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Place cauliflower in an 11 x 7-inch broiler-safe baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with sauce mixture.

Step 4

Place bread in a mini chopper; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Combine crumbs and cheese; sprinkle over cauliflower mixture. Broil 4 minutes or until browned.

Step 5

Wine Match: When in Rome, drink like the Romans: A light, easy-drinking Italian red with good acidity pairs well with the tomato-based sauce and beef in this Italian-style recipe. Try Castello Banfi's Col di Sasso 2008 ($8), a soft and fruity blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese, which has a hint of earthiness that enhances the olives and cauliflower. --Gretchen Roberts

Ratings & Reviews

dawnt77's Review

November 07, 2013
I added mushrooms and subbed capers for the olives. Good healthy recipe!! Will make again. Very tasty!

labisson's Review

March 08, 2013
delicious, w/or w/out olives

RachelMccalla's Review

January 24, 2013

JaxiMax's Review

January 27, 2015
Excellent! Next time I will try adding a little more red pepper, and maybe a less sweet sauce than marinara. For meat, I did half ground beef and half sweet ground Italian sausage. Yum!

rwalker0501's Review

October 22, 2013
Delicious! I doubled the red pepper flakes and it gives it the perfect kick!

jorgejen's Review

February 27, 2012
After reading the other reviews I decided to modify this a bit. I used Italian sausage instead of beef and put in 1/3 cup of wine before adding the sauce. I had some home made sauce so I used that with a jar of home canned tomatoes. It turned out really well and would be an easy weeknight supper.

TerriS2's Review

June 24, 2014
This is one of my go to recipes. Healthy, tasty, and easy

liafinney's Review

December 08, 2011
I agree, this is a nice recipe if you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry/fridge. I had the cauliflower and bought ground turkey w/Italian seasonings. As I only had 12 oz or so of the cauliflower, I cut back on everything else...did add more olives as I was trying to use them up. Also added 2 chopped up"vine-ripened" tomatoes that needed to be used to the sauce, and per other reviewer's suggestion, let simmer about 40 min to deepen the flavor. Added some red pepper flakes and capers to the sauce as well. Husband enjoyed and went back for seconds. Not necessarily something I'd repeat, but good use of existing ingredients.

rduhlir's Review

January 29, 2014
This is really, really good. I made this as per the recipe with no substitutions or additions. I think next time I am going to go ahead and add in some turkey pepperoni.

NEstep's Review

October 16, 2012
Amazing healthy dish. Used group turkey instead of sirloin (since that's what I had on hand), yellow cauliflower, and added chopped red peppers. My husband, who is a very picky eater, loved it and went back for seconds. Will be adding this to the top of my recipe file.