So we are on vacation (I know!!! Delicious. Deb: you say Cotija cheese has a long shelf life, but mine seems to go downhill very quickly once I open it. I subbed queso fresco because I could not locate the other cheese. My 4 year old loves it and clamors for it ( helped by the fact that occasionally we find orange or purple varieties at the market) This recipe will have to be a mommy-daughter kitchen project! I do think my girlfriends could appreciate it though, so I’m adding it to my girlie nite menu list. Nothing is thrown away. The walnuts are a great suggestion and I have a big bag of lovely ones my mom brought from Oregon and put in my freezer. Thanks for a peek into a better world! I’m trying to eat vegetarian more often and have had some lousy experiences with recipes with little merit other than they’re *Good For You*. Thanks for sharing! This reminds me a bit of a dish I made a while back using spiralized beets, goat cheese, walnuts, and fresh parsley. I finally made it tonight, and I’m about to go back for seconds. She cooked solo, a tomoto sauce over pasta that was incrediable. Just FYI for those of who want to make it…. I made this for dinner tonight and it was devoured by all in seconds. I love this cookbook and this recipe. I love cauliflower (yes, even boiled… – I can hear you gasping!) So yummy – and you are right… it’s all things I wouldn’t necessarily like, but somehow when they all get mixed together at the end. The taste is great, but that sort of grainy aftertaste (aftertexture?) Now it’s on the must-make-regularly list. We also added about a half cup of marinara sauce. To me, it is like the advice to substitute diet cola for sweetener in some recipe. He removes the core in one large piece, let the freed flowerets fall to the counter and cut only where there is a nautural break or bound stem and there is tremendously less mess and waste. Thanks for providing another dish that I can top with cotija. That way we don’t get to, say, taco night, and find we’re out of cilantro. Continue cooking, stirring every minute or so, until the cauliflower has developed dark seared spots all over and is almost tender but not completely cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total. 10) Place in a serving bowl and top with the feta cheese. I can’t wait to try this recipe – it includes all of my favorite foods (cauliflower, walnuts, feta, oh my!). pepper flakes! This is going on the weeknight dinner rotation! These were fantastic. These were delicious! It was the perfect recipe! Thanks, Deb. On the strength of your enthusiasm here, I’ll have to give this one a whirl… Looks fab! Alice Waters, of course, does it beautifully. THIS is fabulous!!!!!! However, I think you would still get great results if you roasted the cauliflower, too. IDK, but will definitely test out!! SO delicious! I especially love the “peasant” note about the leftover oil with the breadcrumbs. It was a really nice combo. But the leftover beans plus cauliflower, warmed and served over farro, topped with a fried egg and avocado slices, and brightened with the pickled onions, lime juice, and a few shakes of hot sauce? For the complete southern Italian peasant food experience, do not throw away the oil and bits in the pan. With a crisp white, I think it’ll be a winner! Also, my toddler loves it. I’d never stir-fried cauli quite this way before–tastes amazing! over six months later!) Saute the cauliflower in olive oil in a large saute pan. Your email address will not be published. I loved this dish. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I am enjoying this AS WE SPEAK and it is delicious! First off, I used one head of cauliflower and one of broccoli, then I used lime juice instead of lemon, roasted cashews instead of walnuts, and old cheddar instead of feta. FANTASTIC. I’ll be doing that next time I make cutlets or whatever. Fantastic, and what a great recipe to have on hand for vegetarian visitors. Looks and sounds wonderful – I too, was never a really big cauliflower fan – but was transformed by this reieipe from Mario Batali…I know, I know, he can be a bit MUCH, but try this – its really easy, fast – and also makes use of high heat to cook the cauliflower instead of steaming it… my family does a similar thing, only with shredded zucchini instead of noodles- it is a good and tasty way to enjoy “pasta”. Will cut up the cauliflower smaller next time to blacken more. Serve with remaining lime half in wedges. Cut the cauliflower into small flowerets. I keep leftover meat just for times when I don’t want to cook more than what I want for dinner, heh. Toasted my own walnuts (because well, what else?) Keep up the good work! Hi Deb, we had this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful. Then, make up a breading of dried breadcrumbs, lots of parsley, grated Romano cheese (Parmagiano just doesn’t have enough of a punch) and salt and pepper. When the cauliflower begins to soften, season with salt and pepper and add the sliced onion and red pepper flakes. You should be the new spokesperson for the Cauliflower industry. I added extra walnuts and several cups of lightly steamed asparagus. Has anyone roasted the cauliflower in the oven? cookbook, so thanks twice! AND, three children in my house ate it after approaching the table with fear and trepidation. Can’t wait to try it. Great recipe – thank you!! :) guess it’s time to give this a shot now:). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I would never have known but for you! BUT the Whole Foods brand is delicious. ;). These were a huge hit with everyone. This was seriously sooo yummy! Kept everything else as written and thought this was a great and hearty vegetarian main. Yummy! I’ve tried a few brands and none really thrill me but I hear all the rumors that there are a few worth sticking with. Even reheated very nicely (2 30-second intervals, with a shake of the Tupperware in between) the next day. It was a great meal. ), I have begun to want to make something that doesn’t involve the microwave. No corn tortillas, we used flower. And cheap. Cauliflowers are my favorites whenever I want to have something vegetarian.. .and your recipe is so different and delicious… I Made it as an evening snack and my entire family absolutely loved it.. I make this allllll the time. Thanks Dab! I’ve used feta, cotija and even cheddar in a pinch. I will make this over and over. Set aside until needed. This was so good that my mouth is watering remembering it. This is a big fave in my house, we have it at least once a month. More like twenty minutes or so. In fact, I’m going to get the last of the leftovers right now…. You know, in Italian cooking, cauliflower is used a lot with pasta. Thanks Deb, I love all your recipes!!! I guess that while it would be much easier to disguise the substitution of say roasted zucchini, irradically bland, for something tastier, what would be the fun in that if nobody could tell? Delish! I used one and could feed an army) but still it all came together nicely. I’m looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. I did it and it tastet quite well, but yo need to be careful when first sauting the cauliflower, it gets brown very quickly when it’s too hot, but it stays very crunchy anyway. I made this again, but only halved the cauliflower (kept all other ingredients as listed) and didn’t enjoy it quite as much because I hadn’t browned the cauliflower and onions to the same extent. My suspicion is that the grocery store feta (all that’s available here, sadly) probably has been produced with iodized salt. This is dinner. But I have been madly in love with cauliflower lately, and somehow we have amazingly delicious cauliflower here in Ghana. Glad you tried it. I used Aleppo pepper instead of red pepper flakes, I added the grated peel of 1/2 lemon, and I reserved 1/2 cup pasta cooking water to add at the end. Then add some hot pasta and toss with more Romano cheese. It worked perfectly, or in any case I like the results. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’m eating the leftovers now for this delicious dish. I made this over the weekend, and it was very tasty! I looked through the ingredients and I do not see anything that is green. The breadcrumbs (poor man’s Parmesan!) Seeing as it has no fewer calories than the white-flour stuff and only a smidgen more nutrients, nobody could sell me on it, no siree. This made for a delicious and easy dinner tonight! May 2, 2017 - What happens if you swap pasta for farro but keep the vegetables, cheese and crunchy lid? Okay, well,… However, no leeks in the produce department! At least now I know! Feta was a suitable substitute for the cotija cheese. It’s a lot (probably 4 to 6 cups), and 2. Dreaming up more uses. it is my go-to-every-night-blarg-we-have-to-figure-out-what-to-eat-for-dinner-AGAIN site. Bookmarking this, thanks! You might want to check out the comment guidelines before chiming in. That was also done after frying up a batch of veal or chicken cutlets too. 4/4 family members gave it a 10/10. I practically yelled at my best friend to make this dish. Put the pasta on to cook. I made this and it didn’t quite work for my family— perhaps because we can’t get good tortillas here in Switzerland. Because I shop weekly (or even less frequently, pandemic-wise) I generally write out 7 – 10 dinner ideas, some of which are fast and easy and some of which will take longer. I check smitten kitchen and then find gems like this. It was very flavourful without the pasta; just an option if you don’t feel like pasta. I cook a cauliflower pasta which, in addition to the cauliflower, has raisins, anchovies, pine nuts and saffron… It’s actually an ancient Italian dish, and it really works… Since introducing it to my household about a year ago, it’s become such a firm favourite that we have it about once a week now. Your email address will not be published. It’s a keeper. And, about how many cups do you think you got out of your head of cauliflower? First time since the pandemic!) My garlic was very fresh (because it is summer) so I didn’t increase that but I think if people think this dish is bland, it could be because their garlic isn’t fresh (so they need to increase the amount for flavour) and their pepper isn’t fresh ground (again, not getting the flavour from it). Apart from that, I found this to be an incredibly bland dish and had to increase the vinegar, the feta, and the red pepper — and it was still boring (and beige). Here, cauliflower is browned until almost nutty and tossed with whole wheat penne, walnuts, a bit of lemon, and ricotta salata for … As they’re not very popular in my country, I make my own using nixtamalised masa harina that I order online. holy smokes. I want to cry, this is so good. Another good way to cook cauliflower is to roast it – just toss with olive olive and scatter it on a foil-covered pan and roast at 400 until it’s browned and as tender as you want. Not a big fan of cauliflower, but I’m always looking for a new way to make it tasty since we have it growing the the garden. I love your website, newsletter and writing style. Great name for your next cookbook: If It’s Smitten, I’m In! you can’t even taste it. yeah, funny what works out as being good. Best. Thanks for this recipe, my Tuesday email post, and for enduring. Here is the thing: my biggest saute pan is not large enough to brown cauliflower so it wound up on jellyroll pans and being roasted (with the olive oil, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, hot pepper). It shrinks a ton when it roasts. Everyone can clear a space around me. A good whole wheat pasta line to try is Bionaturae, an organic line imported from Italy, and pretty easily found in supermarkets. I’m such a remedial “chef”! The cumin with the roasted cauliflower is perfect, and just adding the canned beans to the pan when it comes out of the oven is a nice touch to save washing another dish. Problem solved — thanks! Even the Husband ate it and that says it all. OK, not to be totally short bus on you, but the tutorial was muy helpful. I’d use the cooking times here, but you can use those ingredients. Thanks again for another wonderful, reliable recipe. i really do love smitten kitchen. And if the jury room smells of cauliflower, oh well. You think that’s weird? I won’t eat any other kind, and I prefer it to white pasta now. All I can say is WOW! I make something similar based on a recipe from the cookbook Chloe Flavor: toss cauliflower florets and drained canned pineapple chunks in oil and taco seasoning, roast until edges are getting crispy… She calls it a vegan take on tacos al pastor. 1/2 lemon Jan 28, 2015 - This speedy and flavoursome dish for linguine with cauliflower pesto is taken from Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen cookbook. Awesome side dish. Mmm . Drain and let it cool to room temp. 1 pinch red pepper flakes Also, thanks for a meatless taco idea because I’m organising a taco night for my friends next weekend and some of them are vegan. Where do I sign up?! It looks delicious, but I just can’t get past the farty smell of cauliflower. I’m always surprised to find it totally fine months later in an open package. 12 years ago: Summer’s Last Hurrah Panzanella, Sweet and Sour Glazed Cippoline, Majestic and Moist Honey Cake, and Best Challah (Egg Bread) However, I think I’m not a practiced enough cook to have made this dish well. Heaven! I was skeptical but all I had in the fridge was a head of cauliflower and some pasta in the pantry… My oh my what a surprise! Unfortunately for me, I lacked a lot of the ingredients – of course I did not realize that when I started. But I have to say that I don’t know how on earth you could chop up 2 heads of cauliflower and fit both into a skillet for sauteeing. When I was a chef (pre kids) it was my go-to for basically any and all quick pickles! Cauliflower Rice Recipes. We enjoyed the heck out of it! I love it. Eating right now. Make the cheese sauce as usual and finish in the oven. I always ended up with a lot of annoying crumbs but not this time. Hi therese — Use kosher salt (I think they’re all non-iodized) or sea salt when using a lot of garlic. As cauliflower doubters we were blown away by its transformation from bland and yucky to crunchy and flavorful. Thanks for reminding us how many ways to use vegetables in other ways! I am only mildly distracted by the fabulously goregeous picture of butterscotch ice cream below it….no fair, I’m either going to make this ice cream or be forced into a Haagen Daz run…. I think she’d love this recipe, and I can’t wait to share it with her as well as try it myself! Loved it! For people who think cauliflower is naturally white (and I’m surprised how many still think this), it has always grown in a variety of colours. I encourage you not to make my mistake – make the whole recipe, even for one or two people, and you will thank yourself for the leftovers! I was also concerned about the whole wheat pasta, which I just don’t care for. We used Mission’s adorably tiny “street taco” corn tortillas. Freeze half? Thanks! I have jury duty and am planning to take this with me rather than forage in the mean streets of Trenton NJ for some form of lunch. But here was whole wheat pasta as it should be, in a dish where the white flour stuff would be too supple or even boring as texture reigns supreme. My husband has said he likes these cauliflower tacos even more than meat tacos! Mmmm. Also, if you can find it, get a purple cauliflower, it turns hot pink on the edges when you roast. I did have a backup plan: Linguine with Cauliflower Pesto. What kind of whole wheat pasta do you use? I love cauliflower and feta and walnuts and pasta so I did not hesitate. second time, i added a handfull of raisins at the same time as the garlic. Last week I told you about our favorite quarantine cookies. I made it exactly as written and it was great. Thanks so much for the continual inspiration, you are the best! Taste and correct the seasoning. It’s not the same but we think it’s pretty tasty! But when I mentioned it came from this site, he perked up, “if it’s smitten, I’m in!” Just wanted to share. I just had too much cauliflower for one pan, so split it among the two. I’m generally a little wary of savory dishes with nuts in them (peanut sauce = yuck! I made it with Trader Joe’s gluten free pasta (because i had to… sigh) and it was great. May 28, 2012 - Tired of soft, heavy pasta dishes? Add the cauliflower, tomatoes and salt and stir for 1 minute. Only used 1 (large) head of cauliflower and added a little extra red pepper, and thought the balance was prefect! Not taco related, but for any fans of the street cart chicken and rice in Deb’s second book, cauliflower roasted with that marinade makes a worthy meatless substitute for the chicken. Roasted cauliflower tacos are a staple, and I also throw chickpeas on the sheetpan and let them crisp up along with the cauliflower and it is so good. I used one large head of cauliflower but it is probably double the size of the ones I buy in the grocery store in the winter. Oct 23, 2019 - What happens if you swap pasta for farro but keep the vegetables, cheese and crunchy lid? But, I hated it. riddiculously good! The one cauliflower pasta dish somebody mentioned above with saffron, raisins and sundried tomatoes and maybe black olives is great. Cauliflower is a vegetable I buy rarely because it’s either use it quickly or be prepared to trim off black bits. It wa… My husband is a big fan of Alice Waters, so we really enjoyed making this together. I followed the suggestions of some of the earlier posters. So I used yellow/orange cauliflower and next time I might use a combination of colours. 1 medium onion (Also then my husband couldn’t tell it was whole wheat pasta!). Cauliflower and cotija!! I love the salty-sweet combination of the walnuts, feta, and carmelized onions. Any tips to prevent this from reoccurring? What a great melding of flavors in my mouth. Roast it in a shallow, rimmed pan till it gets all browned and crispy..about 20 minutes. Delicious. There’s a fabulous version in Batali’s Babbo Cookbook, an excellent cookbook to own, as you can make the restaurant’s dishes just as well (and cheaper) at home. (If you wish, add more dried breadcrumbs and brown them in the oil.) Great tip about cutting up cauliflower florets! I’d forget how to cook, talk, act. Love, love, love cauliflower… I eat it almost every day, and this recipe sounds so simple yet so delicious… I was thinking about making it gluten free though, maybe with some toasted brown rice penne? Smitten Kitchen More information This site is 7 years, 4 months and 5 days old, which is exactly how long I’ve been meaning to tell you about one of my favorite ways to make cauliflower. Er, maybe.). One of the loveliest things about this recipe–and there are many, in my mind–is the way the recipe is laid out. We made this with corn-and-flour tortillas, which have become our new favorite, as they have the flavor of corn tortillas with (what I perceive to be) the superior texture of flour. For this quick dish, I toasted them up in flavored olive oil, tossed them with roasted cauliflower, and let them shine as a main ingredient. Nov 25, 2019 - What, you’ve never had cauliflower cheese before? Jun 9, 2015 - Given my druthers, a word I’ve been looking for an excuse to type in a sentence for at least eight years, I would never choose a salad with lettuce in it over one that’s mostly shaved o… Incredible combination of flavors. I cannot believe I’ve been making this for 10 years and our family shows no signs of tiring of it. These look great! It’s a lot of beige in the end, and though the ingredients are good, and the pepper packs a punch (I added an extra pinch), it just wasn’t that exciting. Just made these last night. It’s delish. I did everything exactly as written except I used regular ricotta (our local megamart did not have ricotta salata and I dislike feta). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Breadcrumbs usually lie like a lazy blanket on top of pasta or casseroles. But I just found it while browsing for something pasta-y to make for a vegetarian couple we had over last night. b) my hubby is such a carnivore, BUT he does love roasted cauliflower (any cauliflower, really) and this was a hit (he subbed chicken for beans, but I didn’t have to cook more, so yay). We’ve made them 4 times since you published the recipe, and I rarely repeat anything in a month. Thanks for all the great recipes! Apr 17, 2019 - What happens if you swap pasta for farro but keep the vegetables, cheese and crunchy lid? We simply placed a spoonful of the ricotta on top of the individual dishes and it was superb! Getting ready for bed several hours later – he brought up the weirdness of dinner… Obviously I will be making this again – I can’t remember the last time I got so many comments on one dish. I am also bringing the walnut and sun-dried tomato pesto to a potluck tomorrow – I’ve discovered that you can make a tasty vegan version by leaving out the parmesan and upping the vinegar a bit so it still has zest to counteract the toasty nuts. Delicious, easy, probably healthy too. 1/2 cup toasted walnuts Didn’t have cotija so used goat cheese, and swear I had bought black beans but only had refried (the salsa kind from Trader Joe’s). I’ve never had ricotta salata before and it was terrific. Really good alongside the roasted chicken I made tonight…. This looks so amazing I will be making this week. This is a straightforward pasta — my favorite kind — with mostly basic pantry ingredients and a couple of things to wow it up. I may just have to give this a try! Wanted to follow up on my comment. 1 pound whole-wheat pasta I truly like cauliflower. One note: I had to divide it up into two pans because I found that two whole heads of cauliflower plus the onion was too much for my one pan to handle. This is our quarantine taco, another simple discovery from our early Inside Days this spring that ticked a miraculous number of boxes at once. When you think about it, of course they wouldn’t waste all that good oil! Breathing new life into Taco Tuesday! Saute over medium to high heat until the vegetables are brown and tender. I just tried cotija cheese for the first time this summer, and am totally hooked. I was searching for Sicilian recipes last week and came across references to the dish you saw on TV. This was absolutely delicious! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Very easy and more filling than I would have expected from a veg taco. This looks too good to miss…thank you! Cauliflower and penne are a classic Italian combination. This whole-grain diabetic thing is putting me off food entirely. I much prefer it to Barilla Plus. We halved the recipe for only 2 people and it made plenty. I would propose leaving the wine vinegar out, and substituting a 2 Tblsp of the pasta water. I also didn’t have a lemon the second night, so used a lime which was equally delish! Made this tonight and it was a total WIN. Jul 25, 2016 - Given my druthers, a word I’ve been looking for an excuse to type in a sentence for at least eight years, I would never choose a salad with lettuce in it over one that’s mostly shaved o… WIN. I’ve beat you to many of your recipes but by God, I’d never made this dish. Ever since then, cauliflower and pasta has been a favorite combination in our apartment. New here? I made this tonight with roasted cauliflower – so good! Any idea how that happened, the pasta maybe??? They’re really easy to make with the right flour. German greek feta? I think sometimes cauliflower is a hard sell. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I’m a Gala girl, but really love this new-to-me apple which has just been introduced down south. Thank you so much for the link to the avocado delivery service. This never happens. You see, several years ago, I was watching some undoubtedly average “healthy cooking” show where the chef suggested that one take half the pasta they wish to eat, replace it with chunks of cauliflower, boil them together and then cover it with marinara sauce. She said it is common to use cauliflower in sauce white and red in Italy. Highly recommend if you have one sitting around. Dinner heaven, basically. Almost a non contest. Might add a little more cumin next time. Can’t get over it.. made this tonight as a side dish and nixed the pasta, subbed in goat cheese.. absolutely fantastic! I made it exactly as written, except that I only used one head of cauliflower, and that was plenty. They were fantastic! An all-cauli version of the Judy Rodgers’ pasta, mentioned by Ben above, is a favorite in our house. Is that wrong? Trim cauliflower and remove tough core. Out of curiousty, what type of feta do you recommend and like best? I used feta cheese and it was just perfect. Mine didn’t end up dry, but it didn’t have the pizazz I was hoping for. Everthing she used was in my fridge, the tomotes and spices were obvious but I could not place the other flavor. When the pasta is done, drain and add to the cauliflower, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the pasta thoroughly, toss together and serve, with the cheese crumbled over the dish. I made this lastnight, but with a bunch of modifications, due only to a lack of ingredients. I used a little veggie broth while cooking to cut down on the oil. Thanks! 2 heads cauliflower Right, so this was one of those. Oh, ho — cauliflower tacos are already on OUR menu for this week. It involved several things that give me pause, the first being that combination of cauliflower and pasta which reminded me of that fateful, stomach-turning show. Pour mixture over pasta and toss to evenly coat. 9 years ago: Apple Pie Cookies Ever. Do you ever have those recipes where are you just positively, absolutely certain that they will be terrible and that you shouldn’t make them… and yet, you are inexplicably drawn to them and know they’re not going to stop nudging you until you cave? I always looked at it with the attitude you described in the introduction … this couldn’t possibly be good. Looking forward to a few lunches from this! Great recipe idea. I’m not a big pasta person, but after trying this…maybe it’s because I haven’t been making the right recipes. Totally adding this to the rotation. I made this tonight (with ricotta salata and pine nuts) and it IS strangely addictive! How about that? But there will be a next time! Yeah, you posted this how many years ago? 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