Friday, November 13, 2009

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta: 3 Ingredient Recipe #2

3 Ingredient Recipe: Roast Cauliflower Pasta w/Goat Cheese

Day two of my challenge got some help from a post from .  I subscribe to the site's newsletter and yesterday as I hashed over ideas for getting more flavor out of 3 ingredients, I received their email with piece called How To Roast Any Vegetable .  As I was planning on making a dish today that I knew would have cauliflower in it, this was perfect.

This recipe for a simple pasta dish gives you a chance to take notice of individual textures and find nuances in a common vegetable normally found pan fried, boiled or muted in sauces or breadings.  Here the roasted cauliflower is crisp, bright and smoky.  Tangy goat cheese is sauteed to create a caramelized crust and oozing rich center.

For a refresher on the rules of my 10 day, 3 ingredient challenge, check out the first post.

3 things to get...
  1. 1 head of cauliflower - chopped
  2. 4 cups of bow tie pasta (or similar)
  3. 8 ounces of goat cheese (tube shape preferred)

What to do with it...

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Toss cauliflower in olive oil to coat, paying special attention to coat the floret tops so they brown evenly
  • Place cauliflower into a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes, checking occasionally and shaking/turning to get even browning
  • Cut half the goat cheese into 1/4 rounds and set aside
  • Prepare pasta according to instructions and drain, place in large bowl
  • Toss hot pasta with the uncut half of your cheese and 2 tablespoons olive oil and set aside, covered
  • Heat enough olive oil to a skillet to coat bottom evenly
  • Add your 1/4 cheese rounds and saute on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until brown, watching carefully
  • Carefully flip rounds with a metal spatula (cheese may cling to rubber/wood) and saute another 1-2 minutes, then transfer to paper towels to absorb excess oil
  • Remove your roasted cauliflower from the oven and add to pasta along with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately in individual bowls topped with sauteed goat cheese rounds

2 down, 8 to go!


  1. Wow, way to go again! Gosh you really make the meals look great and like they're not even lonely without other ingredients! :) Nice work!

  2. Oh yuuuum! When I read you description of this dish my tummy did such a loud rumble, like a wild beast haha. That's when ya know something's gonna be goooood!

  3. @Simply Life - It's definitely a challenge to use just a few ingredients, but it's also been really satisfying to pay attention to each one. I'm pleasantly surprised that this turned out hearty and complex!

    @Sanjana - Too cute! Yeah cauliflower is such a good pasta veggie, I could eat it all day!

  4. Sounds delicious! I love roasted cauliflower. And the goat cheese sounds delicious in the dish. It's amazing how just a few ingredients can result in a great dish.

  5. Hi Mathea what a challenge this is a great idea !!
    And you commit do good for you !
    and if you like mango come and see me I serve it salted !Pierre

  6. Love the pics (food sounds good too!). Can't wait to see what you do each day. Great job!

  7. Sounds like a great way to use cauliflower, and who doesn't love goat cheese! I sure do!

  8. Yum, I am all about anything with goat cheese.

  9. Gorgeous dish. These 3 ingredient recipes are the kind of inspiration people need to start cooking again!


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