Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti

We all enjoyed this pasta dish. The cauliflower is a unique ingredient in the pasta that works great with the sausage.

Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine


Kosher salt
12 ounces spaghetti
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
12 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 small head cauliflower, broken into small florets
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 cup grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook as the label directs. Reserve 2 cups cooking water, then drain.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the skillet and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Clear a space in the pan, add the garlic and cook until just golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook until the edges are browned, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the reserved cooking water, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 8 more minutes. Uncover and boil over high heat until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 2 more minutes.

Add the spaghetti to the skillet along with the scallions. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Toss for a minute or two to wilt the scallions and coat the pasta with the sauce, adding up to 1 cup cooking water, if needed, to loosen. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with the cheese and toss. Divide among shallow bowls and drizzle with more olive oil, if desired.


  1. This is so perfectone! I love it's really really yummy taste!


  3. Okay--I wanted to try something different because our "basic food groups" were getting tiresome. So I found this recipe and happened to have all but the cauliflower in the house. We went down and purchased the cauliflower for it. It is really a good meal! I don't think it needs any salt added, and I used onions instead of scallions. I cooked the onions with the turkey Italian sweet sausage. Dad and I both thought it was "good chicken!"