Sicilian Cauliflower Pasta


This recipe form the Food Network is simple and delicious and perfect for the change of seasons between summer and fall.

  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped ( I usually leave this part out)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 2 – 3 scallions, chopped
  • A good handful of pine nuts toasted

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  1. Meanwhile, trim the thick stems off the cauliflower and coarsely grate the florets on the large holes of a box grater (it’s fine if some small florets remain whole). Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower, raisins, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is crisp-tender and slightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  2. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the pasta, parsley, dill, lemon juice, cheese and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water. Add more cooking water to loosen, if needed. Season with salt. Serve with more grated cheese.
  3. I also like to add toasted pine nuts and lots of scallions
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