Sounds healthy doesn't it? You bet it is, and it is also very tasty, if I may say so. I am not sure why cauliflower is not more popular. I think it is a wonderful vegetable and after making a crunchy salad the other day I had about a half of a cauliflower head left in the fridge. If I was cooking only for myself, I could easily have used only cauliflowers, olive oil, garlic and lots of good cheese. But since this was meant to be a meal for both of us (and Andrew is not a huge cauliflower fan) I decided to add some more flavour by adding browned onions. The result is a very flavorful yet simple pasta dish.
Whole Wheat Penne with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Recipe:
serves 2 people generously
1/2 package of whole wheat penne ( use regular if you prefer)
1/2 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of garlic
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of white whine (or use some of the pasta cooking liquid instead)
1/4 cup of panko or breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a full boil. Salt it well and cook the entire piece of cauliflower in it for about 5 minutes, tops. Remove the cauliflower and shock it by placing it in some iced water. Once it's cold, dry it and cut into bite-size florets. Set aside.
Cook the penne in the same water you cooked the cauliflower. Drain and set aside, reserving some of the cooking liquid, if using.
Heat a large skillet over medium-heat. Add olive oil and melt the butter in it. Cook the onions along with the thyme until the onions are browned and caramelized. Add the wine or cooking liquid and scrape the bottom of the skillet to remove the brown bits. Let if boil off, add the cauliflower and cook it for another couple of minutes until the cauliflower is warm again. Add the panko or breadcrumbs, stir it. Add the chopped parsley and serve.