I stopped by to see my friend Amanda at Ballard BootGirl on Saturday, and she shared with me this delicious healthy/ comfort food recipe! You get the best of both worlds with this one!
Parmesan Cauliflower Penne Pasta
1 whole head of cauliflower
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup chicken/ or vegetable stock
1/4 cup pasta water
1 lb. wheat penne pasta
1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper (I use a full tablespoon for MORE HEAT)!
2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
Cut cauliflower in half. Remove the stems from the cauliflower AND DON'T THROW THEM AWAY! Cut the stems up bite size! They are gonna make the most yummy crunchy veggie surprise for this dish. Then cut up the rest of the cauliflower and set it aside.
Saute onion and stems in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add cauliflower tops, minced garlic, red pepper, salt and pepper and let saute 2 - 3 minutes. Add one cup chicken/ or vegetable stock. Cover and let steam 10 - 15 minutes or until the cauliflower tops have softened where you can begin to mash them with a wooden spoon. Add butter, pasta water and stir well. Add parmesan cheese and remove from heat. Stir well.
Prepare penne pasta according to package directions.
Spoon cauliflower mixture on top of the wheat penne pasta for a yummy vegetarian meal!
I added a little chopped tomato and chives on top for color!