Orecchiette Pasta With Cauliflower Recipe

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Orecchiette Pasta with Cauliflower

Diane Davis

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@davis2377

Pasta is fun !!! I like giving pasta as a gift either prepared, or as pasta uncooked with a recipe. Sure, it's simple with sauce or pesto, but how about something different, something special for a special occasion. This one is oh-so-easy. Besides, this recipe comes from a "Best Recipes From 25 Best Cookbooks" cookbook -- how can you miss with that !!


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Serves:

6-10 generously

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1/2 c
shelled unsalted pistachios
8 Tbsp
unsalted butter, cut into pieces (1 stick)
1 medium
head cauliflower, cut into small florests
5
oil-packed anchovies, drained, rinsed, finely chopped
1 clove
garlic, finely chopped
2 c
chicken broth
1 lb
orecchiette pasta
1/2 c
chipped fresh parsley
3/4 c
finely grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes, (to taste)
6 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Heat over to 350. Spread pistachios on small baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Cool, then coarsely chop.
2
In large, deep skillet, melt butter over medium heat until it smells nutty and is golden brown. Add cauliflower and cook while stirring 1-2 minutes.
3
Add anchovies and garlic and cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes (the anchovies will dissolve in the butter).
4
Add the chicken broth and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.
5
Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette until al dente in large pot of well-salted water. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta. Drain.
6
Add the orecchiette, parsley, parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes to the cauliflower and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7
Serve in individual bowls, if desired. Sprinkle with pistachios and more red pepper flakes, if desired. (NOTE: If pasta seems dry, add a little of the reserved water.) Fresh drizzle with olive oil.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian