9) Add the cooked pasta to the saute pan. I made this as a side dish – leaving out the pasta and it was delicious!! Kept everything else as written and thought this was a great and hearty vegetarian main. Can’t wait to try this next week. I wouldn’t have liked it in a Greek salad but it worked well here. May 28, 2012 - Tired of soft, heavy pasta dishes? My guess is that if I had it at your house or at Alice Waters’s house, I’d love it more b/c you two would be much better at getting the cauliflower right and the seasoning right. Previous post: whole wheat chocolate oat cookies. I used one and could feed an army) but still it all came together nicely. my family does a similar thing, only with shredded zucchini instead of noodles- it is a good and tasty way to enjoy “pasta”. She cooked solo, a tomoto sauce over pasta that was incrediable. I know this post is from way back when, but I felt compelled to comment. However, I think you would still get great results if you roasted the cauliflower, too. But there is some magic in this combination of ingredients — scorched, highly seasoned cauliflower in a medium rubble, lime juice, creamy avocado, salty cotija, crunchy pickled onions, and the most delicious hot sauce (current favorite: Valentina) that I have still (still! Feta I also thought would be an idea, but Hayley said it doesn’t hold a candle. I loved the idea of all the ingredients together. Drain rabe and pasta together and pour into serving bowl. Dreaming up more uses. What I actually did was use one head of cauliflower but didn’t change anything else and left out the pasta. A quite simple but very kicky (garlic! it’s delicious! Thank you for having easy meals that can be adapted in so many ways; vegan, quantity, etc. What a perfect combination with feta & walnuts. Yet, your picture shows the color green in the prepared dish. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I made this tonight, and it was wonderful! Especially on the best leftover lunch in a long time – now that’s a convincing pasta. Ick! My only “issue” was not getting the gorgeous brown coloring on the cauliflower. I found a brand called Omena Organics that makes incredible canned beans. Tonight I just finished making the dish. (Just kidding! Thanks! When the pasta is done, drain and add to the cauliflower, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the pasta thoroughly, toss together and serve, with the cheese crumbled over the dish. These were a huge hit with everyone. Either way, I’m not tossing the recipe – it just takes some skill and I need more practice. I love cauliflower with pasta–especially whole wheat. It makes perfect sense and it’s already flavored! It was very flavourful without the pasta; just an option if you don’t feel like pasta. And cheap. We always use feta, crumbled direct from a block (don’t get the precrumbled stuff). Toasted walnuts are the bomb and the feta makes it tastily salty. Only used 1 (large) head of cauliflower and added a little extra red pepper, and thought the balance was prefect! I don’t remember the cups of the cauliflower but 1. The textures and flavors are all so wonderful together! I started making a very similar version a few years back, inspired by your sheet pan meatballs. Did everything as written, when I served it up, it had a bluish /purplish color about it, didn’t affect the taste, but I couldn’t eat it that color. made this a few weeks ago. Toss with just enough olive oil to moisten, a few cloves of minced garlic and salt and pepper. When you think about it, of course they wouldn’t waste all that good oil! Everthing she used was in my fridge, the tomotes and spices were obvious but I could not place the other flavor. I’m hesitant to try it in the pan. I truly like cauliflower. I’ll add one more word of praise. Since we’re talking about cauliflower today, here’s a little cauliflower-chopping tutorial that you probably don’t need, but I sure did a couple years ago when every time I cut one up I’d end up with breadcrumb-sized cauliflower bits everywhere, not to mention really muddying up a dish like this. It wa… This looks stunning as well… thanks for reminding me of my love of this combination. It’s nice to have one less pan to wash, too. Thanks. That’s parsley. I made it for two of us a couple of nights ago, so used just one cauliflower head and halved the recipe. AND, three children in my house ate it after approaching the table with fear and trepidation. I’m making it again this week. Then add some hot pasta and toss with more Romano cheese. Once as prescribed, and a second time with four times as much garlic and a little chardonnay instead of lemon juice. (Or bananas and milk, for that matter.) I’ve been cooking all week. Add cauliflower to pan, sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, red pepper flakes (to taste), and cumin and toss to coat, adding another tablespoon of oil if needed. Added smoked paprika to the cauliflower seasoning and cooked alongside some canned pineapple for another flavor/texture in the taco. Be sure to chop the walnuts – you’ll want some in each bite. And you have a choice of ripe, semi-ripe or green, so you won’t be stuck with a big load of mushy avocados! However this week cauliflower is really cheap, and I love ricotta salata, so I tried it. Because I shop weekly (or even less frequently, pandemic-wise) I generally write out 7 – 10 dinner ideas, some of which are fast and easy and some of which will take longer. I did tweak a few things ( mostly proportions) – I used 1 head cauliflower and 8 oz pasta (whole grain rotini), but kept the other amounts the same. I made this lastnight, but with a bunch of modifications, due only to a lack of ingredients. The yellow/orange (often called “cheddar”) is slightly less bitter or a little sweeter. Pasta with Cauliflower, Walnuts and Feta Cauliflower must be sauteed on high heat. I bet they experience a sales increase after this post. The walnuts are a great suggestion and I have a big bag of lovely ones my mom brought from Oregon and put in my freezer. Your description of the breaded and fried cauliflower sounds so delicious! If you want to gild the lily, then cover it with parmesan and run it under the broiler. Can’t wait to try it. Am I missing something? Is that wrong? New here? THIS is fabulous!!!!!! Just made these last night. and the kitchen smelled heavenly (“Are you making popcorn?” sez Spouse). If I was going to make anything extra, it might be the “lazy taco slow” buried in this recipe. lemon! These were so easy and delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! approach to a farro salad that's as good cold as it is warm -- with an egg on top, crispy crumbs, or even burrata -- that I am always grateful to have around. I can’t wait to try this recipe – it includes all of my favorite foods (cauliflower, walnuts, feta, oh my!). As they’re not very popular in my country, I make my own using nixtamalised masa harina that I order online. Even reheated very nicely (2 30-second intervals, with a shake of the Tupperware in between) the next day. Great name for your next cookbook: If It’s Smitten, I’m In! Next time, I would add more of those two ingredients. That was a great tip for chopping cauliflower! Feta was a suitable substitute for the cotija cheese. Even won over my husband who had previously described cauliflower as tasting like old socks! Thanks Deb, I love all your recipes!!! Thanks for the amazing recipes. We also added about a half cup of marinara sauce. I know that some are much better than others. Thanks so much for the continual inspiration, you are the best! I didn’t have any cheese so I just added a tablespoon of sour cream (for the recipe halved). Apart from that, I found this to be an incredibly bland dish and had to increase the vinegar, the feta, and the red pepper — and it was still boring (and beige). Thanks! Keep up the great work. Suzanne has a point there :) Cauliflower or butter scotch ice cream? Excellent recipe. Yours looks so delicious, I’ll give it a whirl as soon as cauliflower comes back into season. You are right, it is so important not to overcook the cauliflower. Salt and pepper Being a huge fan of the site, I’m always looking at the archives for a recipe and I have stumbled across this one more than once. Wrap them tightly in foil and place the packet in the oven for 5 minutes. 11 years ago: Date Spice Loaf and Lebanese-Style Stuffed Eggplant I’m not a ‘recipe-follower,’ but rather, I get immense satisfaction out of reading recipes and getting ideas for different, new combinations of ingredients and gleaning insight into interesting ways to cook them. I keep a package in the freezer for just such inspirational applications, credit to your elote-inspired chowder for getting our household to eat a cheese that’s almost as easy to procure as cheddar in our area. http://recipe.aol.com/recipe/ziti-with-tuscan-style-cauliflower/74746, Deb, Trim cauliflower and remove tough core. Yet the cauliflower was just one of the things that so far exceeded my expectations of this dish, we are actually venturing into “mind was blown” territory–crunchy, nutty and this might be the only way I cook it for now on. Sounds wonderful and I’m going to try it. I won’t eat any other kind, and I prefer it to white pasta now. Right, so this was one of those. . :). Can’t get over it.. made this tonight as a side dish and nixed the pasta, subbed in goat cheese.. absolutely fantastic! The first time I made this, I used fresh cauliflower but had undercooked the pasta. I think next time I might throw in a handful of chopped parsley, just for a little color and bite, but really I don’t see how it could be improved. This made for a delicious and easy dinner tonight! and I made this the other night! Any idea how that happened, the pasta maybe??? I want to cry, this is so good. https://smittenkitchen.com/2008/03/pasta-with-cauliflower-walnuts-and-feta I’d highly recommend it. I’ll make this again. Add onion and toss to coat. Guess what’s on the menu tonight? i love this site – the photos, the reads, the stories. There’s a fabulous version in Batali’s Babbo Cookbook, an excellent cookbook to own, as you can make the restaurant’s dishes just as well (and cheaper) at home. Does not sound great but I will try because of a dish a friend made years ago that was memorable. So glad I found this site – I’m finally looking forward to cooking again. Totally adding this to the rotation. I already want to make these tomorrow night! Plus it’s a nice way to use what often is “the forgotten vegetable” (cauliflower). Such a good weeknight dinner recipe! It tastes soo much better than my first attempt. I am only mildly distracted by the fabulously goregeous picture of butterscotch ice cream below it….no fair, I’m either going to make this ice cream or be forced into a Haagen Daz run…. Yummy! I used one (which was large but not unusually so) and my 14″ skillet was packed. At least now I know! We accidentally served them with pomegranate arils (my 5 yo insisted she peel one and wanted to eat it with dinner). Has anyone roasted the cauliflower in the oven? Just made this. Yum! Tacos have been the salvation of my quarantine cooking as in my house, any food item + tortillas + guac = hooray, it’s taco night! I would definitely make it again. But this description has made me want to drag out those pans that were bought for me freshman year and make a trip to the store… I think it was when you said you were going to make it again. We love it for the cauliflower and w.w. pasta, but also for the red pepper flakes, nicoise olives, parsley, and toasted fresh breadcrumbs. 1 head cauliflower, 1 medium onion, 4 LARGE cloves garlic, 1/2 lb whole-wheat pasta, 1/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil ( divided), Salt and pepper ( to taste), 1/2 tsp. Some of my most favorite things. Cauliflower Rice Recipes. WIN. No black beans, per the suggestion of one reviewer, I roasted chickpeas with the same spices as the cauliflower. I imagine we resembled the fantastic mr. fox and his family while eating this. 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