Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

My wife and I were discussing the other day about how much we love cauliflower. I don’t think I could stand the stuff when growing up, but quickly fell in love with it later in life, especially roasted with a bit of garlic.  Then when I made the cauliflower pizza, that just escalated my love for it, especially when paired with green olives.  That led me to take those similar ingredients that were used on the pizza, but turn it into a pasta dish, and really hope that my pasta loving kids would dig in and begin their love for the cauliflower (I somewhat lost on that front).

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

This pasta dish is packed with awesome flavor, and is truly comforting.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of capers
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 12 green olives, sliced in half
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tbsp additional olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Start by adding the cauliflower florets to a large mixing bowl. Add in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and give a  good toss.  Season with some salt and pepper.  Place onto a baking sheet, and roast for about 25 minutes, or until you get some nice color on it.

During this time, heat a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Season generously with salt. Add in the pasta, and cook until al dente.

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives

While these two are cooking, heat a small skillet and add in the 1/3 cup of olive oil. Bring to a medium heat, then toss in the garlic, capers, and chili flakes. Reduce the heat, and continue to cook, being careful not to burn the garlic. You are basically infusing the oil.

Drain the pasta, toss in the parmesan cheese and give a good stir. Add in the sliced olives, give a good toss. Pour in the capers, garlic, and olive oil, and give another good toss. Add the roasted cauliflower and breadcrumbs, and give one more good toss. Taste and season to your liking.

I fell in love with this pasta dish again. There is something about the flavor of the cauliflower that when paired with those olives, garlic, and capers that is just out of this world. My kid, the pasta loving eater? Well, he had a big bowl, and told me had had two florets. I guess I’m winning on that front. I hope you enjoy the linguine with cauliflower and green olives!

Linguine with Cauliflower and Green Olives
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup of capers
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 12 green olives, sliced in half
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tbsp additional olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the cauliflower florets to a large mixing bowl. Add in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and give a good toss. Season with some salt and pepper. Place onto a baking sheet, and roast for about 25 minutes, or until you get some nice color on it.
  2. During this time, heat a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Season generously with salt. Add in the pasta, and cook until al dente.
  3. While these two are cooking, heat a small skillet and add in the ⅓ cup of olive oil. Bring to a medium heat, then toss in the garlic, capers, and chili flakes. Reduce the heat, and continue to cook, being careful not to burn the garlic. You are basically infusing the oil.
  4. Drain the pasta, toss in the parmesan cheese and give a good stir. Add in the sliced olives, give a good toss. Pour in the capers, garlic, and olive oil, and give another good toss. Add the roasted cauliflower and breadcrumbs, and give one more good toss. Taste and season to your liking.
  5. I fell in love with this pasta dish again. There is something about the flavor of the cauliflower that when paired with those olives, garlic, and capers that is just out of this world. My kid, the pasta loving eater? Well, he had a big bowl, and told me had had two florets. I guess I’m winning on that front. I hope you enjoy the linguine with cauliflower and green olives!

 



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