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February 19, 2011

Cauliflower-Onion Linguine

I made this tonight because it said it only took 10 minutes....seriously, this is a SUPER yummy recipe! Very quick, very light so it would also be perfect for Summer! Adam doesn't care for cauliflower but loved this -- it will be repeated! (Ella even asked for more cheese....MORE CHEESE!?! Could we possibly be passing the no-melty cheese phase?!?!) This really did only take me about 10-15 minutes. I was moving a little slower today because I've never made it before and I've got a cold. Definitely do not skip the red pepper flakes. I did a whole teaspoon and it added the perfect amount of kick without making it too spicy for the kids!!

{Please let me know if you try it..I would love to hear what you think!}


Kosher salt
12 ounces linguine
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup fried onions, chopped
4 cups cauliflower florets, roughly chopped
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup pine nuts


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta. Return to the pot and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the panko and fried onions and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; wipe out the skillet.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook until the edges brown, about 4 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes and toast 30 seconds. Add the reserved pasta water and cook until the liquid is reduced by half and the cauliflower is crisp-tender, about 1 more minute.
Add the pasta, onion mixture and parmesan to the skillet and toss. Season with salt. (I skipped the extra salt)Top with the basil, pine nuts and more parmesan.

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