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I have really been into pasta lately. Maybe it’s because most pasta dishes are so easy, or maybe it’s because I have a huge carb addiction. Either way, we seem to be having more and more pasta lately. So when I saw this recipe, I thought – this is a way to change things up a bit! Cauliflower in pasta? I had never seen it done before. Yes, it was a little different, but I actually liked it quite a bit. That way the vegetable balances out the bacon, right??

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Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower
from Real Simple March 2010

Serves 4

total time: 30 minutes

12 ounces spaghetti
6 slices bacon
1/3 cup fresh sage leaves
1 small head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into small florets
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated pecorino (3 oz.)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¾ cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Crumble.

Add the sage to the bacon drippings in the skillet and cook over medium heat, turning once, until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to the paper towel–lined plate.

Add the cauliflower, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper to the bacon drippings in the skillet and cook, covered, for 2 minutes. Uncover and cook, tossing frequently, until golden and tender, 3 to 4 minutes more

Add the reserved pasta water and ½ cup of the pecorino to the pasta and toss until creamy. Add the cauliflower, sage, and bacon and toss. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of pecorino.

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16 Responses to Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower

  1. Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) says:

    I could live on pasta but have never tried cauliflower with it! Must give this a try

  2. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Bacon and cauliflower, what a great combo!

  3. Patsyk says:

    I couldn't give up pasta completely. This looks like a great way to change things up – and, I think that the veggie definitely offsets the bacon!

  4. Mary says:

    Oo, this looks so GREAT! I must try this! Thanks 🙂



  5. Joanne says:

    I am constantly on a carb kick (i.e. addiction) so that pasta looks fantastic to me! I can't say I've ever put cauliflower in it…hmmmm

  6. teresa says:

    what a fun and unique dinner, lovely!

  7. Cande says:

    I bet it would be a lot more visually appealing with a colored pasta like spinach or tomato. The white pasta + white cauliflower in the photo all kind of blends together visually. Sounds yummy though!

  8. Taste of Beirut says:

    The bacon and cauliflower combo sounds great, the bacon livens up the vegetable! Yum!

  9. Sook says:

    I'm starting to cook more stuff with cauliflower lately. The pasta looks so delicious.

  10. Barbara says:

    Love the white on white pasta dish! Can't wait to try pasta with cauliflower. Bacon, of course, is always a winner!

  11. Bethany Park says:

    Yeah, I saw this recipe in Real Simple. So appealing because of the short ingredient list — glad you liked it, I may have to try it!

  12. Marie says:

    I love tossing roasted cauliflower with pasta! It is a splendid comfort meal for me.

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  14. Christina Marsigliese says:

    Great stuff! Check out my blog for decadent recipes and baking tips straight from the mouth (or keyboard) of a Food Scientist!

  15. kat says:

    We seem to be on a pasta kick right now too weird as I usually think of it as winter food.

  16. Chez Denise et Laudalino says:

    I love pasta as well – so easy, so good & so FILLING. We have really been into making it ever since we got a few attachments for the KitchenAid & it is so fun. I will have to try out your bacon & cauliflower combination next time – sounds delicious!

    Chez Us

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