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Bucatini with Cauliflower, Capers, and Lemon

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Photography: James Ransom

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2015


  • 1 pound bucatini
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 sprig oregano, plus 1 tablespoon lightly packed fresh leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving
  • 4 cups finely chopped cauliflower florets (from 1 head)
  • 3 tablespoons capers, preferably salt-packed, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (1 1/2 ounces), plus more for serving


  1. Heat broiler with rack 8 inches from heating element. Combine pasta, 5 cups water, 2 tablespoons oil, oregano sprig, pepper flakes, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large, straight-sided ovenproof skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce is mostly reduced and pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest and juice.

  2. In a bowl, toss cauliflower with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, capers, Parmesan, and oregano leaves. Sprinkle over pasta in skillet. Broil until cauliflower is golden in spots and pasta is heated through, about 5 minutes. Toss to combine. Serve with more cheese and pepper flakes, a drizzle of oil, and lemon wedges.

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