7.12.10

Cauliflower


Out of all the veggies that live in our crisper, I often forget how exceptional cauliflower can be - until I remember my grandma's incredible cheese/white sauce creation I was raised on. Cauliflower made another rare appearance in a dish my husband made last weekend - combined with Orecchiette pasta, bread crumbs and pancetta. It may sound like a strange combination - but it works. Let me know if you would like the recipe.

6 comments:

  1. That does sound delicious. I often buy cauliflower, use a bit of it then forget we have it. It's a very underrated vegetable, isn't it? I do adore it with cheese sauce ;)

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  2. A recipe sounds delicious!
    I haven't bought some in a long time...I just normally buy broccoli!

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  3. I would love the recipe. I have always wanted to cook with Orecchiette but wasn't sure what to cook with it.

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  4. OH for sure, I want the recipe !!!

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  5. Here is the recipe my friends:

    1 large cauliflower, cut into small pieces, thicker stems removed
    Packet of dried orecchiette pasta
    5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
    200g slices pancetta, chopped
    2 large garlic cloves, chopped
    Freshly grated Parmesan

    1. Bring a large pot of salty water to boil for the pasta. In the meantime, prepare the cauliflower and grate bread for crumbs, if necessary.

    2. In a pan, heat 1 and a half tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, then add the bread crumbs. Toast, stirring often, until golden and slightly crisp. Remove to a small bowl and wipe the pan clean.

    3. Cook the pancetta in the same pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes, then add the cauliflower pieces, garlic, and a good pinch of salt. Cook, stirring only very occasionally, until the pancetta is crisp and the cauliflower is caramelized and golden.

    4. In the meantime, cook the pasta until al dente, reserving a cup of pasta water. Drain and add pasta to the pan, tossing to combine. Add olive oil and pasta water as needed to achieve a rich, slightly creamy consistency.

    5. Serve with a shower of breadcrumbs, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

    Enjoy!

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  6. Thank you!
    Going to make this weekend.

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