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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

August 11, 2014


Adapted from the amazing Love and Lemons

roast together:

  • 2-3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, very coarsely chopped
  • salt, pepper, olive oil


  • about 6 oz. spaghetti noodles (we like Tinkyada)
  • a handful or two of baby kale
  • hot pasta water (about 1/2 cup)
  • olive oil
  • squeezes of lemon & some lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives (we love the marinated green one from Whole Food’s antipasti bar)

optional toppings:

  • red pepper flakes
  • basil
  • toasted pine nuts

Roast cauliflower, shallots, and garlic in a 450 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Be sure not to chop your garlic too small or it will burn before the cauliflower is done. Once it’s golden brown, remove from the oven. Mix it all together and taste a piece, it should taste nutty and delicious. If it doesn’t, add a small drizzle of olive oil, a teeny bit more garlic, and a pinch of salt if necessary. Set aside.

Cook your pasta for about 12 minutes or until it’s done but al dente. Place baby kale in a large bowl, and scoop your pasta noodles into the bowl with the baby kale and and toss so the baby kale begins to wilt. Add some pasta water to help that along.
Next add half the roasted veggies, another drizzle of olive oil, a good squeeze of lemon, some lemon zest, olives, and toss everything together. Taste and adjust seasonings. Top with the rest of the roasted cauliflower and your desired toppings.

Enjoy! xx

Lily Kunin is the voice behind the NYC-based food blog Clean Food Dirty City. Inspired by the chefs in her family as well as her friends who are looking for easy recipes, her mission is to create food that is simple, clean, and flavorful.  Follow her blog on Instagram @cleanfooddirtycity.