Look at this cauliflower, it is beautiful! And it is huge, the size of two typical cauliflowers. This picture was taken after I had already broken off a bunch of florets to munch on. And, of course, it was locally grown and purchased at one of my favorite road-side stands.
How to do such a beautiful cauliflower justice? First, divide it in half. The first half was destined for my favorite cooking method, pan-searing.
As I have posted previously, pan-seared cauliflower goes very well with pasta. This time, I decided to add sun-dried tomatoes to the mix.
It was a good addition!
Pasta with Cauliflower & Sun-dried Tomatoes
1 lb pasta
3 tbs olive oil
1 medium cauliflower (or half of one huge locally-grown one)
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped (from the garden)
Red pepper flakes – optional
Parmigiano reggiano, grated
Slice the cauliflower about 1/2 inch thick and break into “florets”.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet (I prefer cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower in a single layer, you will need to do this in several batches.
Cook until well browned, then flip to cook the other side til browned. It will take between 2 and 4 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and salt lightly.
Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the cauliflower.
Re-heat the pan over medium heat and mix together the pasta and cauliflower-tomatoes. Add red pepper flakes if using and season to taste.
Serve with freshly grated Parmigiano reggiano, enjoy!
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