Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
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

Mixed review

April 07, 2016
I thought it was delicious and liked how easy it was to prepare.  My husband didn't find it substantial enough, "It needs more meat and more cheese."  Of course, then it's not cooking 'light'.  The flavors are great though.  I like the idea of using some turkey sausage too.  I might try it again or make it some night when he's not home.

Delicious and Filling

April 24, 2015
Do not miss the pasta; very tasty.  As some other reviewers I did, I also added hot Italian turkey sausage in addition to the ground sirloin (about half of ea.).  Served with tossed green salad and toasted french bread.

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!

SherryBaskin's Review

September 11, 2014

nancymedina's Review

August 13, 2014
This was surprisingly good! I'm not a fan of cauliflower, but I couldn't tell I was eating it! I added Italian sausage and used 2 cans of our favorite spaghetti sauce. Came out great!

TerriS2's Review

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

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.

dawnt77's Review

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

rwalker0501's Review

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

ZelgaMae's Review

May 16, 2013