Orecchiette Pasta with Cauliflower

Orecchiette Pasta With Cauliflower Recipe

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Diane Davis


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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6-10 generously
10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1/2 c
shelled unsalted pistachios
8 Tbsp
unsalted butter, cut into pieces (1 stick)
1 medium
head cauliflower, cut into small florests
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

How to Make Orecchiette Pasta with Cauliflower


  • 1Heat over to 350. Spread pistachios on small baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Cool, then coarsely chop.
  • 2In 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.
  • 3Add anchovies and garlic and cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes (the anchovies will dissolve in the butter).
  • 4Add the chicken broth and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • 5Meanwhile, 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.
  • 6Add the orecchiette, parsley, parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes to the cauliflower and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 7Serve 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.

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About Orecchiette Pasta with Cauliflower

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