Saturday, November 22, 2008

Penne con broccoli alla cappuccina

Few years ago I was vegetarian but already a cookbook addict and found a very interesting book by Paola Gavin called "Italian vegetarian cooking" one of my favorite recipes from it is this pasta that should be made with cauliflower but I used what we call broccolo romanesco (it's green and pointy) .
350 gr cauliflowerbroken into florets
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 envelope saffron powder dissolved in 50 ml hot water
1/8 teaspoon cumin
40 gr pine nuts ( I like to toast them )
40 gr raisins (soaked)
350 gr short pasta
100 gr grated pecorino
red pepper to taste

Steam (I blanched it in the pasta to be water) the cauliflower until tender.
Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the onion (and pepper) add the cauliflower and cook until golden. Add saffron, cumin and raisins. Drain the pasta a bit early and sautee it in the cauliflower with some of its water. Out of the fire add pecorino and pine nuts.This should be a dish from Sicily .Buon Appetito !


Lucy said...

Ciao Natalia, this pasta dish looks so good. Pasta and vegetables are one of my favorites dishes to make... beautiful!!!

Ivy said...

I love pasta and vegetables and this once sounds so healthy and delicious.

Marthe said...

Natalia, this looks very tasty!! I'll have to make this some day. I'm not a vegeterian: I love my chicken fillet or steak every now and then. But I also do not mind eating vegetarian a couple of times a week|!!

The Blonde Duck said...

So cool! I love the simplicity of pasta...

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious! I love romenesco broccoli!

n.o.e said...

mmm,this pasta looks delicious. I think I could eat pasta every day, and I KNOW my husband could! I've got a blog award for you. Stop by my blog to claim it!

Marthe said...

I left you an award on my blogsite.... come on over and pick it up when you can!

Rosie said...

Hi Natalia, I adore pasta and veggies ~ I eat very little meat and this would be just perfect for me mmmmmm....

Rosie x