Is pasta for breakfast a thing?
If not, I vote it should be. When you taste how amazing this pasta is, you’re going to want it all hours of the day.
Have you ever had a sauce-less pasta? I know it sounds boring. But here’s the thing – it’s not.
Al-dente pasta tossed in garlic-and-chili-infused olive oil, fresh parsley, and vegan parmesan cheese. You won’t be missing the cream sauce one bit.
This recipe is easy to make, requiring just 30 minutes and 10 basic ingredients.
And the flavors and preparation are so simple it makes a great weeknight staple.
Don’t worry. If you’re weary of cauliflower, try it roasted! If you season it well – in this case with red pepper flakes, garlic, and sea salt – it roasts up beautifully and pairs incredibly well with this light pasta dish.
I hope you all love this dish! It’s:
Dusted with vegan parmesan cheese
This would make the perfect quick weeknight meal when you’re craving something substantial and comforting, yet light. It’s a dish the whole family will love. To make it more substantial, pair it with a salad – the Kumquat Kale Salad and Apple Pecan Arugula Salad are two of my favorites.
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Garlic Chili Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 small head cauliflower (large stems removed // florets separated)
- 2-3 Tbsp olive or grape seed oil
- 3 cloves garlic* (minced)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- 1/4 heaping tsp sea salt
- 2 cups vegetable broth (optional // for adding more flavor to pasta)
- 12 oz linguini or fettuccini (ensure vegan friendly | sub gluten-free pasta to keep GF)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (use extra virgin here if you have it for more flavor)
- 3 cloves garlic (skin removed + smashed NOT minced)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (reduce for less heat)
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley (plus more for serving)
- 2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts plus more for serving
- 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
- Salt + Pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C).
Add cauliflower to a mixing bowl with olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. Toss to coat. Then spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, flipping/stirring once at the 15-minute mark to ensure even cooking. Sample and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
Once your cauliflower has reached the 10-minute mark, add vegetable broth (for added flavor | optional) and about 4-5 cups water (or however much to generously cover your pasta) to a large pot and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, season well with sea salt and add pasta. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and cook according to package instructions for ‘al dente’ - 7-10 minutes. Then drain and set aside. Cover with a towel to keep warm.
Heat the same large pot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add 1/4 cup olive oil and 3 cloves smashed NOT minced garlic (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Sauté 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until garlic is fragrant and slightly golden brown. Remove garlic from pan and let cool slightly, then mince. Set aside for serving.
Next add red pepper flakes to infuse the olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
Add cooked pasta, parsley, pine nuts, minced garlic, vegan parmesan cheese, cauliflower, and toss to coat.
Remove from heat and sample pasta. Adjust seasonings as desired, adding salt or pepper if necessary. Serve hot with additional parsley, red pepper flakes, pine nuts and vegan parmesan cheese. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep for a few days covered in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave, or on the stovetop in a large saucepan in a bit of olive oil.
*3 cloves garlic yields ~1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic.
*Cauliflower method adapted from Tyler Florence.
*Pasta preparation adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of oil and without the optional vegetable broth.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)
- Calories: 403
- Fat: 26.6g
- Saturated fat: 3.9g
- Sodium: 283mg
- Potassium: 361mg
- Carbohydrates: 34.4g
- Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 2.5g
- Protein: 8.9g
- Vitamin A: 150%
- Vitamin C: 49.5%
- Calcium: 40%
- Iron: 2.3%