Cauliflower With Penne and Saffron
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook to al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water.
- While the pasta is working, in a large, deep skillet or a Dutch oven fitted with a lid, heat the olive oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the raisins and lemon zest and cook for a few minutes more. Stir in the stock and saffron and bring to a simmer.
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the cauliflower until tender, 12-15 minutes. Drain and coarsely mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Stir in the butter to melt, then add the pasta and reserved pasta water; toss to combine. Add in the cheese as you toss.
- Serve the penne in shallow bowls. Top with the almonds, basil and parsley.