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Pasta with Cauliflower

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Recipe by Iole Aguero


  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed Italian parsley leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup Romano cheese*, grated
  • 1 lb pasta bows


  • Quarter cauliflower and place in microwave in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for approximately 4 minutes or steam on stovetop until tender-crisp. Chop cooked cauliflower. (This may be done in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to use.)
  • Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Add 1 Tbsp (20g) salt and pasta; bring back to a boil and cook about 8 minutes.
  • While pasta is cooking, finely chop Italian parsley and garlic. Combine with crushed red pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in medium-size saucepan. Add parsley, garlic, and red pepper. Cook for one minute. Add chopped cauliflower and 1 tsp (6g) salt. Cook covered about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If needed, use a small amount of pasta water.
  • Drain pasta, saving a small amount of the pasta water. Put the pasta back into the pot it was cooked in. Add the cauliflower mixture. Cook together over medium heat for 2–3 minutes. If needed, add a small amount of pasta water. Stir in Romano cheese.

* Allergy notes: The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 398
  Calories from Fat 121 (30%)
(21%)Total Fat 14g
(10%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
(1%)Cholesterol 2mg
(1%)Sodium 28mg
(5%)Potassium 167mg
Total Carbohydrate 58g
(8%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(21%)Protein 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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