Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cauliflower and Parmesan Pasta


One of my favorite shows is The Chew, and since I have nothing else to do midday, I don't really miss an episode.  They have a segment called "5 in 5" where they make one meal with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, and usually it's super affordable. (5 min after you boil the water for the pasta.)
This pasta dinner is healthy, filling and oh so tasty.  It's my new go to pasta dish; I've traded the regular ol' spaghetti for this delicious delight. This dish is supposed to be a veggie dish, but I had some leftover Italian sausage and just added it in.  You'll love it!

CAULIFLOWER AND PARMESAN PASTA
servings: 4

1 box whole wheat angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 links or 1/2 pound Italian sausage (optional)
3 garlic cloves (optional)
1 jar capers with water
1/2 cauliflower head, cut into small pieces
1/2 - 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil to cook the pasta. When boiling, add the pasta.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the sausage. Break up into small pieces and let brown. Once cooked set aside. Add oil and cauliflower to hot pan. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and capers and stir.
When pasta is al dente, reserve a cup of pasta water. Strain the remaining water and add to cauliflower. Return meat back into pan.  Mix together and add pasta water a little at a time to loosen pasta and create sauce. Add Parmesan, pepper and, if needed, salt.

Adapted from Michael Symon's Angel Hair with Cauliflower and Parmesan

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