Cauliflower Pasta
This recipe has come out a little late today (Sunday)! We have been so busy that I just needed a day to myself to relax!

So this recipe comes in handy when you are busy and you don’t have much time to prepare dinner. It is really quick and easy to make and it only contains 4 ingredients!

Cauliflower Pasta

I really like cauliflower, it has such a beautiful delicate flavour as well as being a nutritionally dense vegetable, containing vitamin B5, B6, C, K, folate, phytochemicals and carotenoids. So good things all round really!

To be honest I had never associated cauliflower and pasta until I had met my Italian man and he cooked it for me after a long day for quick dinner. I have to say, it is really yummy!

So next time you are short for time, try this cauliflower pasta!

Buon appetito

xo

Cauliflower Pasta


Ingredients
Serves 4
Author  | The Unprocessed Pantry

1/2 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 dried or fresh red chilli, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
250g whole grain penne pasta
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan (Optional)

Equipment
Knife
Steamer or Cooking pot
Frying pan

Method
Steam or boil (if you don’t have a steamer) the cauliflower florets until cooked through.

Reserve the water from cooking the cauliflower (add some more water if necessary, pasta needs a full pot of water) and add a good pinch of salt, then bring to the boil. Add the pasta and cook until just before it is al dente. Make sure to stir the pasta as soon as you add it to the water to prevent it from sticking.

Meanwhile chop the chilli and garlic and sauté in a little olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat until fragrant. Chop half the cauliflower florets and add to the garlic and chilli, stirring and continuing to sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving 2-3 tbsp of water (very important). Add the pasta, the reserved water, the remaining cauliflower to the garlic and chilli and toss/stir for 2-3 minutes until combined.

Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan, pinch of pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

Suggestions/Variations
*You can also add some olives or anchovies to the garlic and chilli mixture for an extra hit of flavour!

 


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