Pasta with Sauteed Cauliflower, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Chili Flakes
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 3 to 4
Pasta with Sauteed Cauliflower, Olive Oil, Garlic and Chili Flakes is a skillet dinner that is super simple, super delicious and ready in 15 minutes! Making dinner a snap!
  • 5 small garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil- divided
  • 1 small or medium Cauliflower, cord and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ tsp. dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ pound of Ditalini pasta (small tubes)
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Fill a medium-size pot with water and place it on stove top over high heat.
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until it is al dente. Reserve about ¼ cup of pasta water.
  3. Meantime, in a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté garlic for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until garlic turns golden.
  4. Add hot pepper flakes and cauliflower and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the cauliflower.
  6. Continue to sauté on low heat, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower softens and turns golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  7. Season with dried parsley, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Pour in the reserved ¼ cup of pasta water to the cauliflower.
  9. When pasta is ready, drain, then transfer pasta to the skillet with the cauliflower. Stir the pasta and cauliflower together for about 1 minute. Turn off heat. Transfer to pasta bowls and serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top.
  10. Serves 3 to 4
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