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Orecchiette with Cauliflower

You'll love this tasty pasta dish from a reader in California. This recipe calls for cauliflower, anchovies, and red-pepper flakes, a trio of ingredients often combined in classic Italian cooking.

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  • Servings: 4
Orecchiette with Cauliflower

Source: Everyday Food, December 2006


  • 1 pound orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 to 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 5 minutes less than package instructions for al dente; add cauliflower. Cook until pasta is al dente and cauliflower is tender, 5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta mixture; set aside.

  2. In same pot, heat oil over medium; add garlic, red-pepper flakes, and anchovies. Cook, breaking up anchovies with a spoon, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Add pasta mixture, cheese, and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, adding more cooking liquid if necessary to thin sauce. Add parsley; toss. Serve, topped with additional cheese, if desired.

Reviews (7)

  • foodie72 25 Feb, 2011

    Loved this recipe. I roasted the cauliflower for 10 to 15 minutes at 450F -- great flavour, rather than boiling it. I also doubled the anchovies.

  • laurajamroz 15 Feb, 2011

    I'm a nutrition major in college and when in a rush or can't use our software, we use
    It's a wonderful site, just enter in the ingredients/amounts for the recipe and you can get a full analysis, even print out a nutrition label, the recipe, etc. for multiple/future uses.

  • MandeJill 12 Feb, 2011

    Everything in moderation...has to have plenty of fiber with the cauliflower in can calculate nutrition values for recipes and individual ingredients here:
    I can't wait to try this combo-it sounds delicious!

  • Abeem 11 Feb, 2011

    I, too, want nutritionals on all recipes. Hope this can get accomplished!

  • kitchenwife 11 Feb, 2011

    I agree, ladies. EVERY recipe should have the nutritional info listed. That said, the fat content should be in the low range (5-10g) with the 1/2c of cheese. I'm going to try it - it sounds delicious. And what a great way to use cauliflower.

  • BeagleMother 11 Feb, 2011

    That makes two of us, momma628.

  • momma628 11 Feb, 2011

    oh how I wish we could have nutritional information with these great recipes

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