My Dad's Pasta and Cauliflower
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.
1large head of cauliflower, broken into florets
450 gmacaroni or shell pasta (or roughly equal parts to cauliflower)
3-4 Tbspvegetable or canola oil
1/2-3/4 tspsalt (to taste)
1/2-3/4 tspblack pepper (to taste)
2 or 3 clovegarlic, minced (can sautee the oil to mellow the flavour if you like)
1/4 cparmesan or romano cheese (you can use as much as you like, really)
How to Make My Dad's Pasta and Cauliflower
- Boil 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.)
- Mix pasta and cauliflower together after draining, and add all remaining ingredients, mixing well, seasoning to taste.
- If 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.