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Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Bread Crumbs

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Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Bread Crumbs

Category

Main Course

Servings

4

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Calories

734

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower (chopped into ½-inch pieces)
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 5 anchovy filets packed in oil (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and ½ teaspoon salt. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, turning the cauliflower midway through, until golden brown and cooked thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well, reserving 1½ cups of pasta water.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and toast until fragrant and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to a small bowl and mix with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  4. In that same large sauté pan, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and anchovies and stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the anchovies to help them dissolve in the oil. This will take about 2 minutes. Add the chili flakes and the cauliflower and toss gently to coat.
  5. Add to the pan the cooked pasta, half of the reserved pasta water, remaining ½ cup cheese, and the parsley. Toss to coat, and simmer for another 2 minutes, adding additional pasta water as needed to moisten. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture and drizzle with more olive oil if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
734
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
104 grams
Protein
26 grams
Fat
24 grams
Saturated Fat
5 grams
Cholesterol
14 milligrams
Sodium
634 milligrams
Fiber
9 grams
Sugar
8 grams
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