Creamy Cauliflower Pasta Serves 6
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 lb. whole wheat pasta
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 c. dry white wine (if you’re not a drinker, start! j/k- sub with veggie broth)
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh oregano
1/4 c. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped (or whatever kind you like, I like green cerignola olives from Tony Caputo’s)
1 t. red-pepper flakes
4 sprigs parsley, stemmed and chopped (I use a bit more, I like parsley)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c. shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese (about 1oz.) (if vegan omit cheese or sub w/vegan cheese)
*variation- add small can drained and chopped tomatoes to the skillet when you add the wine. (I do this and love it, I used my own canned tomatoes)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add cauliflower and cook for 5 mins, or until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon to a medium bowl, reserving the water. Cook the pasta according to directions in the reserved water. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cauliflower and cook for 5 mins, stirring and breaking the cauliflower into bite size pieces. Add wine, oregano, olives, red-pepper flakes (and tomatoes is using) and cook for 3 mins or until the cauliflower is very tender. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over pasta and toss to coat well. Top with cheese.
Cauliflower- As an excellent source of vitamin K, cauliflower provides us with one of the hallmark anti-inflammatory nutrients. Researchers have determined that the sulfor aphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach. Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall. (Courtesy of WHF)
Whole Wheat Pasta- Unlike traditional pastas made of refined durum wheat, or semolina, whole-grain noodles don’t lose their bran and germ during processing. Bran, the outer skin of a whole grain, and the germ, or embryo of the grain, carry considerable healthful fats, protein, antioxidants, B vitamins, minerals, and fiber. One of these minerals, magnesium, increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which may help to lower the risk of diabetes. And dietary vitamin E, folate, and fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease. Another thing high-fiber diets might do is drive down harmful glucose, insulin, and fat levels in the blood. (Courtesy of Cooking Light)
I love this recipe because it’s fast, easy, healthy and will feed a crowd. I recently made it for one of our holiday hangouts with the friends and everyone enjoyed it including the kids, YAY! Home Run! Cauliflower is a winter veg and my Whole Foods has had it on sale, so it’s been a great winter dinner dish. We like to toss in some fresh spinach or arugula for that extra green veggie punch. This recipe came from of my favorite cookbooks ‘Simply Organic’ by Jesse Ziff Cool- a Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal and Local Ingredients. Try it, you’ll love it. ENJOY!