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 !