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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

brown butter pasta and cauliflower

Mom and I made an old family favorite last night - pasta with cauliflower - but ended up tweaking the recipe a little to add our own spin.  It still tasted like the old dish we loved, but had a nice extra change to it, too!

The first change?  Purple cauliflower!
And we made the pasta instead of buying it!  It had been years since mom had used her pasta maker, so we weren't so sure it would work.  But after some grinding (and praying on our end), it started up and churned out penne for us!
The original recipe calls for butter and garlic, but mom and I thought we would try it with brown butter (because seriously, who doesn't love brown butter?!) and fresh basil.  I added a little spinach to mine, too.  The recipe calls for 1-2 heads of cauliflower.  Use 1 head for a more pasta-based dish, and 2 heads if you want the pasta to be more on the side.
Brown Butter Pasta and Cauliflower
1c. whole wheat pasta
1-2 heads cauliflower, white or purple
3 cloves garlic, minced
3T. butter
1/2c. fresh basil, chopped
1/2c. parmesan
1c. fresh spinach, chopped (optional)
1T. oregano
salt to taste

Wash and chop cauliflower into bite-size pieces.  Boil in a large pot of water until just tender, about 7 minutes.  Remove cauliflower from water and set aside.  Add whole wheat pasta and cook until tender.  Drain.

Meanwhile, add the butter and garlic to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.  Allow butter to brown but not burn, stirring occasionally.  You'll need to watch your saucepan to make sure the butter doesn't burn.  When the butter is browned immediately remove the saucepan from heat.
(Butter melting on the left, browned and removed from heat on the right.)

Toss the cauliflower, pasta, brown butter and garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and spinach together in a large bowl.  Pour into a greased casserole dish.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  Serves 4.
I'm headed out for a run... or maybe a couple sets of hill repeats, if I'm feeling really masochistic?

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1 comment:

  1. I was just talking about purple cauliflower at work today! I'll try this recipe soon--thanks!

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