Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is from Food Network Magazine October 2010.
- kosher salt
- 12 ounces spaghetti noodles
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more for drizzling
- 12 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 small head cauliflower, broken into small florets
- 1 bunch scallion, chopped
- 1 cup parmesan cheese or 1 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook as the label directs. Reserve 2 cups cooking water, then drain.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Clear a space in the pan, add the garlic and cook until just golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook until the edges are browned, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the reserved cooking water, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 8 more minutes. Uncover and boil over high heat until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 2 more minutes.
- Add the spaghetti to the skillet along with the scallions. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Toss for a minute or two to wilt the scallions and coat the pasta with the sauce, adding up to 1 cup cooking water, if needed, to loosen. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with the cheese and toss. Divide among shallow bowls and drizzle with more olive oil, if desired.
I had clipped this recipe back in October, but haven't tried it until now (Feb). I made a few changes- first, I cut it down to a single serving. Next, I cut the pasta back by an ounce, and increased the meat by an ounce. Next, I added a pinch of pepper flakes to the sausage and garlic mixture, and topped the whole dish with some chopped fresh basil. Lastly, I used regular pork Italian sausage instead of Turkey. Wonderful dish, and very easy to pull together quickly. I loved that it had the cauliflower in it, making it truly a one-dish meal. Thanks for posting!
Simple and tasty.
I made substitutions based on what I had on hand so maybe not fair to assign stars...although 4 stars is not bad!! I had Trader Joe's Chicken Apple Chardonnay sausage so I used that instead of Italian sausage. I threw in some crushed red pepper and italian seasonings to account for the milder taste of the chicken sausage. I did not have any scallions so I merely omitted them. No spaghetti noodles but I had fettucini. I was looking for a recipe that I could use ingredients that I had on hand and stumbled on this one, with the necessary modifications, and it was very good! I will definitely make again and maybe throw in some chopped red peppers or roasted red peppers. I'm very pleased! Thank you for posting; it saved me from throwing out the cauliflower that I HAD to use now.