Monday, August 10, 2009

Cauliflower, Anchovy, Walnut Pasta


I love reading blogs. Finding new recipes, ideas, and yes even friends. Sometimes I can get lost in reading and totally lose track of the fact that I still need to post in mine!

I had planned on using cauliflower today for meatless Monday and wanted to incorporate that into pasta. What luck as I happened upon Suzie's recipe at Munch and Nibble!

For this recipe I used anchovy paste...love the stuff. First you don't have to deal with the whole hairy fish thing and Second, it lasts forever in the fridge. 1/2 a teaspoon equals 2 anchovy fillets...so it is definitely more economical!

This was fast and easy, in fact the thing that took the longest was waiting for the water to boil.

Cauliflower, Anchovy, Walnut Pasta

1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
3/4 box whole wheat spaghetti
olive oil, butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or 4 anchovy fillets)
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
lemon, parmesan cheese

In a large pot of boiling salted water, add the cauliflower florets. Let cook for about 5 minutes. Remove the florets with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside.

In the same pot of boiling water, add the pasta and cook for about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan with high sides set over medium high, add about a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. When ready, add the anchovy paste or fillets and stir until the anchovy is melted into the fats. Add the garlic and cook for a minute, or until fragrant. Add the walnuts and stir to combine the flavors. Add the cauliflower and stir. Lower the heat to low while waiting for the pasta to finish.

When the pasta is ready, reserve about 1/2 cup of cooking liquid, drain and add it to the cauliflower mixture. Squeeze the juice of a lemon on top and toss gently to combine. Turn out into a large bowl. Top with the parsley, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and enjoy!


19 comments:

Lina said...

looks yummy and healthy! i get totally caught up in reading all the amazing food blogs out there too! yours is one of them :)

Chow and Chatter said...

this looks wonderful must try it

Katy ~ said...

I have never seen a recipe like this before, which is why I love visiting blogs, too, grins. I'm not an anchovy fan, but I would love to try a serving of this. It sounds so interesting and flavorful.

Donna-FFW said...

What a unique pasta dish! I adore cauliflower and never even thought of pairing it with pasta.Yum!

Katherine Aucoin said...

We should hang out! I am the only one in my family that will go near anchovies. Ok, I melt them in a lot and don't tell them!

This is an awesome pasta dish! I have to make this!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the idea of a combination of cauliflower, walnuts, and anchovies in this delicious looking pasta!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ok, don't hate me but I didn't do a memorial to Buddy at the ball today b/c I couldn't find his picture. And I didn't want to do something off the cuff, I wanted it to be meaningful.

So I'm sorry. :(

Joie de vivre said...

Thank you, as always, for visiting and posting. I didn't know how much I had missed blogging, but it is so good to be back. Thank you for your continued support.

Hugs,
Amanda

Reeni♥ said...

I love cauliflower and pasta together! This looks light and delicious - perfect for hot weather dining.

Kerstin said...

What a unique pasta recipe, it sounds delicious with all that califlower!

Juliana said...

Love the ingredients in the pasta...anchovy and walnut...sounds and looks so yummie!

The Blonde Duck said...

I just didn't want you to feel I'd forgotten. :)

Suzie said...

So glad you enjoyed it - your take on this recipe is fabulous. Now I just need to persuade the husband about cauliflower. He has an irrational hatred for some reason.... Very flattered you tried my recipe. :)

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TheKitchenWitch said...

I bet this is FULL of flavor! Meatless Mondays--what a good idea!

Karine said...

This dish looks to be a great way to cook with cauliflower! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

teresa said...

oooh, this looks so unique adn delicious. i bet it's full of flavor!

Sweet and Savory said...

I like the addition of walnuts.

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