Pasta With Green (Romanesco) Cauliflower

"A fast healthy flavorful use of Romanesco cauliflower - one of the most beautiful vegetables ever seen. OK to use regular cauliflower if the fabulous Romanesco is unavailable. Use short stout pasta & cut the cauliflower florets to match the pasta in size. From The Washington Post."
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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook for about 10 minutes, until just tender. Use a Chinese skimmer or slotted spoon to transfer the florets to a bowl. Reserve cooking water to thin the final sauce (see below).
  • When the water returns to a boil, add 4 teaspoons of salt. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, or until al dente, stirring once or twice. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water for the sauce.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and the garlic; cook for a few minutes until the garlic is lightly browned but not burned.
  • Add the anchovies, stirring until they dissolve, then the cooked cauliflower. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 or 3 minutes to let the cauliflower "take in" the flavors.
  • Add just enough of the reserved cooking water to thin the sauce (making it less sticky). Add the drained pasta to the skillet, then immediately transfer to a large bowl. Toss well and serve.

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  1. Amy Hargrove
    I altered the recipe considerably, as I had no anchovies. Instead, I added some parmesan and shredded mozzarella after stirring in the pasta (penne). Then I included chopped tomatoes and more parmesan. We loved it!


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