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Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti

This Creamy Garlic Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

Roasting the cauliflower in the oven turns something plain into something super special. The edges caramelize, the flavour sweetens and the texture is beautifully yielding without a hint of soggy. Roasted Cauliflower will please vegetarians and carnivores alike. Who knew cauliflower could be so delicious.

The creamy garlic and thyme sauce comes together quickly and coats each strand of pasta with a silky creamy sauce that only uses 2/3 cup of cream for 4 people. You get decadent and elegant without the excessive calories.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

We used spaghetti today but any long pasta will work with this dish. If you prefer a smaller shape than something flat like a farfalle/bow-tie pasta would work too.

Avoid tubular pasta or shells as they will fill up with the creamy sauce and you might find there isn’t enough sauce to coat everything beautifully.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

Serving Suggestions:

Side: Swerve the bread and instead go for a crisp bright salad to balance the creamy sauce. Dress baby kale leaves with a lemon and olive oil dressing.

Wine: To cut through the creamy sauce pick an unoaked chardonnay or a dry pinot gris. For the red wine lovers something light like a Barbera d’Asti or a Merlot will work with the garlic and cream.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

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This Creamy Garlic Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.
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Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti

This Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 534 kcal

Ingredients

For the Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper

For the Pasta

  • 11  oz dried spaghetti (320g)
  • tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2/3  cup heavy cream (See notes)
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat you oven to 400º F/200ºC.
  2. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Remove the outer leaves of the cauliflower and cut the florets into large bite sized chunks.
  4. Lay the cauliflower out in a single layer and drizzle over the EVOO. Season generously with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 25 minutes until tender and caramelized on the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside until needed.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil and then add a good amount of salt.
  6. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. (usually around 1 minute less than the packet suggests)
  7. Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the garlic.
  8. Heat the butter and olive oil in a deep fry pan over low high heat.
  9. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes (don't let them colour).
  10. Add the cream and bring to boil.
  11. Add in the thyme leaves, salt and pepper, then turn heat down to low and simmer for 3 minutes.

  12. Before draining the pasta, scoop a mugs worth of pasta water out and keep to one side.
  13. After reserving the cooking water drain the pasta in a colander.
  14. Transfer the pasta and ¼ cup of reserved pasta water into the pan with the sauce.
  15. Place it over a low heat and gently turn the pasta in the sauce to create a silky coating o each strand.
  16. Add more cooking water if needed.

  17. Stir in the roasted cauliflower and serve with grated parmesan and thyme leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Garlic Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 344mg 14%
Potassium 295mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 13.4%
Vitamin C 17.1%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

We have other creamy vegetarian pasta recipe here at Easy Pasta Sauces. Like this Walnut and Blue Cheese Pasta.

This Walnut and Blue Cheese Pasta is creamy, rich and packed with flavour, it is easy to make and is sure to impress. The sauce is freshened with rosemary and the toasted walnuts add an interest crunch and extra dimension to this simple yet delicious pasta dish.

This Creamy Garlic Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower is an elegant yet simple vegetarian pasta dinner. Perfect for entertaining or meatless Monday.
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  4. Reply

    This was delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Maria 😀

    • Edward
    • January 12, 2018
    Reply

    This pasta dish was a family hit. Even my picky eater daughter requested it to be made again. I did add a few Italian spices to the baked cauliflower for extra zing, Thanks for posting,

    1. Reply

      I am so happy to get this comment!
      Cauliflower is so often a vegetable that kids refuse to eat.
      Thank you for coming back to comment 😀

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