My Dad's Pasta and Cauliflower

My Dad's Pasta And Cauliflower Recipe

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Meg Marcella


This is my dad's recipe, and it was passed down to him from his father, my grandpa Mario. I'm not sure how far back it extends, but I imagine his parents cooked it, as well.

It's so simple and satisfying, as well as budget-friendly - my grandpa Mario was the eldest of 11 children! This is one of my favourite comfort foods.

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4 BIG servings
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


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large head of cauliflower, broken into florets
450 g
macaroni or shell pasta (or roughly equal parts to cauliflower)
3-4 Tbsp
vegetable or canola oil
1/2-3/4 tsp
salt (to taste)
1/2-3/4 tsp
black pepper (to taste)
2 or 3 clove
garlic, minced (can sautee the oil to mellow the flavour if you like)
1/4 c
parmesan or romano cheese (you can use as much as you like, really)

How to Make My Dad's Pasta and Cauliflower


  • 1Boil cauliflower in salted water until tender, but not mushy. Meanwhile, cook pasta separately until al dente.
    (If you can get the timing right, it's easier to put it in one pot and add the cauliflower a few minutes after the pasta.)
  • 2Mix pasta and cauliflower together after draining, and add all remaining ingredients, mixing well, seasoning to taste.
  • 3If you like, you can mash up some of the cauliflower and mix in a little reserved cooking water to make a bit of a sauce!

    My family likes this dish with lots of cheese and lots of black pepper, especially.

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About My Dad's Pasta and Cauliflower

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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