Friday, February 16, 2007

Greek Spaghetti with Cauliflower

This fabulously flavourful Greek Spaghetti with Cauliflower was inspired by a combination of two recipes: this one for Spaghetti with Cauliflower and this recipe for Greek Cauliflower & Potato Gratin (which, in turn, was inspired by Karina's Cauliflower Baked With Wine & Tomatoes).

I had a cauliflower that need using and some Olive & Cheese Bread as a side, and had restocked on spaghetti (my fav. right now is Barilla Spaghetti Rigati, a flat spaghetti with lines). The combination of cauliflower, red onions, garlic, red wine, baby spinach, kalamata olives, pine nuts, and feta worked a treat. This is another great recipe to make for guests: bursting with color and flavour and pretty easy to throw together with finesse.

Greek Spaghetti with Cauliflower:
8 oz spaghetti
1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florettes
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp red onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup red wine
2 handfuls of baby spinach
4 oz red kidney beans
8 kalamata olives, stoned and thinly sliced
S & P
red pepper flakes
1+ handful pinenuts
2 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Cook the spaghetti per directions. Heat the olive oil and cook the cauliflower florettes for 4 minutes over medium heat. Add the red onions and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Add ther red wine, spinach, beans, and olives and cook for 4 minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and add toss until combined. Season and add red pepper flakes if desired. Serve topped with pinenutes and feta cheese.


Blogger Rachael said...

Mmm, this looks so refreshing and yummy. I'd almost be tempted to serve it cold as a pasta salad too!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous farmgirl said...

This sounds wonderful--and I never would have thought to combine cauliflower with the other ingredients. Thanks! : )

1:29 PM  
Blogger Mindy T. said...

Hi Catherine. You've definitely combined some of my favorite flavors in this pasta...

Fun to connect with another someone who loves books, food, tea, and writing. We are kindred spirits!

Thanks for visiting my new blog. Drop back by sometime!


7:28 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

rachael - great idea! Maybe with penne or a shorter fatter pasta.

Hi farmgirl - its a wonderful combo

Hi Mindy - and we're both soup fiends! Thanks for stopping by.

7:55 PM  
Blogger bazu said...

That looks to die for! All your dishes lately look to die for! Mmmm. I need some pasta w/cauliflower right now.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Thanks bazu!

10:10 AM  

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