In an effort to use up fresh veggies I've often found myself experimenting with pasta dishes that are essentially sautéed vegetables mixed with whole wheat pasta, good quality olive oil, salt and topped with fresh parmigiana and herbs. You can use a variety of vegetables like summer squash and mushroom but the combination in this recipe is one that I happen to particularly love. I also recommend adding a little extra crunch by topping each serving with either freshly toasted breadcrumbs or toasted pine nuts. Serves 2-3.
- 1 Head of Cauliflower chopped into florets
- 1 Onion sliced
- 1 Bunch of Kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
- 1/2 box Spaghetti
- Optional addition to the caramelized onions: 1 tsp chili flakes, 2 cloves of garlic chopped
- Optional topping: freshly grated parmigiana, chopped fresh parsley, breadcrumbs, toasted pine nuts
Preheat your oven to 450F. Toss the cauliflower with olive oil and of salt, roast for about 20 minutes until they soften and are browned on at least one side. You can also skip this step and cook directly on the stove however I recommend using a heavy bottom or cast iron skillet if you plan to do that.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling add a generous amount of salt. Pasta water should be as salty as the sea. Cook pasta al dente. Do not rinse the pasta after draining.
In a large pan coated with olive oil cook the onion on a low heat so that it caramelizes. This can take upwards of 20 minutes so if you are feeling impatient you can increase the heat a bit but watch the onion very carefully so that does not burn.
When the onion is cooked, optionally add in the chili flakes and garlic, Increase the heat to medium-high and add the cauliflower. Saute for about 2-3 minutes before adding the kale. Add the kale and saute until wilted, then add the pasta, a good glug of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. I recommend using tongs to mix the whole dish together. Serve topped with freshly grated parmigiana, freshly chopped parsley and toasted breadcrumbs or pine nuts.