Caramelized Cauliflower and Mushroom Spaghetti

Caramelized Cauliflower and Mushroom Spaghetti - All that's Jas

 

Looking for a quick and easy dinner solution the whole family will love? This delicious bowl of caramelized cauliflower and mushroom spaghetti whips up fast and it’s the ultimate comfort food.

 

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I fell in love with this very pasta recipe one summer evening in Tuscany, nearby Florence, in the dim light of their local restaurant. I don’t remember its name, but the taste of this simple spaghetti dish lived with me since that visit.

 

If you’re ever in the region, look for a small restaurant whose interior wall is adorned with this mural of the Tuscan landscape, so easily recognizable, and this red pickup truck, the smallest I’ve ever seen, is parked up front. You can’t miss it.

 

Tuscan restaurant with spaghetti, caramelized cauliflower, and mushroom dish.

 

I see a very clear divide on mushrooms: people either love them, or they hate them. As for cauliflower, it is the lesser chosen over broccoli. My method to convert the non-believers is relatively straightforward: create amazing recipes that will make those cynical cookers begging for more.  This bowl of spaghetti with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized cauliflower is a lip-smacking dish that does just the trick.

 

Caramelized vegetables are heaven-sent. There’s nothing like topping a burger or a sizzling steak with caramelized mushrooms or onions. So when I found out how amazing caramelized cauliflower is, I just had to share. It’s a delicious ingredient to a recipe that already strays from the regular pasta routine.

 

Speaking of pasta routines, you will love this new routine on All that’s Jas: Noodles Without Borders. On the first Tuesday of every month, my friend Bobbi from HWC Magazine and I will each share a noodle recipe from around the world. We both love international food and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love noodles. Do you?

 

Noodles are not only amusing but delicious. – Julia Child

 

You will find my mini spaghetti and meatballs totally amusing and delicious. If you love noodles as much as I do, you’ll eat them for breakfast too. They are super delicious combined with cheese and hard-boiled eggs and also very amusing served as nests.

 

Have a favorite noodle recipe? Share it on your social media and tag with #NoodlesWithoutBorders so we can find you. Or if you make one of ours, we would absolutely love to know!

 

So for this very first Noodles Without Borders, I just had to recreate the spaghetti with caramelized cauliflower and mushrooms from Tuscany. Such a comfort dish without all the effort. If you’re not sold on mushrooms or cauliflower yet, maybe I can change your mind with some great health benefits offered by each? Let’s have a go.

 

Mushrooms

 

Mushrooms are technically fungi, but we call them vegetables in the food world. They’re rich in antioxidants to prevent cancer and inflammation and contain dietary fiber, vitamin C, and potassium to improve heart health. Mushrooms are the only non-fortified, vegan source of vitamin D, which also helps prevent the growth of cancer cells. At only 15 calories per cup, and an extensive list of health benefits, it’s becoming more difficult to avoid mushrooms, right?

 

Cauliflower

 

Cauliflower is another vegetable that is considered to be a volume food, as people often use it to substitute rice or pizza crust for a lower calorie, filling food. Although “eating the rainbow” is a great guideline for getting nutrients from whole foods, this white vegetable rich in vitamins and very nutrient-dense.

 

Like mushrooms, cauliflower is a good source of fiber and provides great amounts of vitamin C and vitamin K. Benefits of its nutrient profile include reducing inflammation, increasing bone health, and reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Tuscan comfort food - spaghetti with vegetables

 

If you’re not too much into the health aspects of everything you cook, that’s totally okay. I’m sure that I can convince you to eat your veggies by submerging their delicious flavors in more delicious flavors, served as a vibrant, aromatic pasta dish. That should do the trick.

 

Think you’d need some kind of protein still? Try adding cooked shrimp. Or try HWC Maga‘s udon noodles with shrimp tempura recipe. Aren’t you glad you stopped by today? You get a bonus recipe for the same price…er free! 😉

 

This Italian recipe has a little bit of everything: some smoky Parmesan cheese, a little spice of garlic and crushed red pepper, and the soulful warmth of pasta. It is perfect after a long day out in the cold, or when you just need some gourmet comfort food. You’ll want to toast up a loaf from your local market because the leftover sauce at the bottom of your bowl deserves to be scooped up on some hot, crunchy bread.

 

This is no attempt to knock the classic spaghetti and meatballs off the list of family-favorite dinners. This is, however, one of my favorite ways to switch up a bowl of pasta and incorporate some different flavors. Once you have it all set on the table, don’t forget to uncork your favorite bottle of wine. I could NEVER forget a good glass of wine! Just wish I could enjoy it in that tiny Italian restaurant instead.

 

Caramelized Cauliflower and Mushroom Spaghetti

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INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

 

  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz baby bella (crimini) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 anchovy fillets, minced (omit for vegetarian version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more if you like it spicy)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil leaves

 

~ Free Tip ~

Replace anchovy fillets with 4 teaspoons of anchovy paste.

 

ESSENTIALS

for Caramelized Cauliflower & Mushroom Spaghetti


 

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the cauliflower to the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes (work in two batches if necessary). Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Stir in the wine, anchovies, and crushed red pepper. Cook until wine is reduced by half, for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the spaghetti cooking water, then the spaghetti into the cauliflower mixture and gently toss. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in the mushrooms and Parmesan. Top with fresh basil leaves.

 

Italian pasta with mushroom and cauliflower

Recipe for tasty Tuscan spaghetti.

 

Caramelized Cauliflower and Mushroom Spaghetti
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
This delicious bowl of caramelized cauliflower and mushroom spaghetti whips up fast and it's the ultimate comfort food.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz baby bella crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 anchovy fillets minced (omit for vegetarian version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or more if you like it spicy
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the cauliflower to the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes (work in two batches if necessary). Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Stir in the wine, anchovies, and crushed red pepper. Cook until wine is reduced by half, for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the spaghetti cooking water, then the spaghetti into the cauliflower mixture and gently toss. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in the mushrooms and Parmesan. Top with fresh basil leaves.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Replace anchovy fillets with 4 teaspoons of anchovy paste. 

 

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24 Comment

  1. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    August 7, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Loving the caramelized cauliflower in this dish and the little kick of spice. Boys are going to love slurping these delicious noodles! Delicious!! Take Care

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Thank you, Bobbi! 😀

  2. Reply
    Jacqui |Recipes Made Easy
    August 8, 2018 at 7:06 am

    I would never have thought of serving cauliflower and mushrooms like this in a pasta dish, yet i love both and it looks delicious so I will have to try. Thanking you for sharing on #CookBlogShare

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 8, 2018 at 8:20 am

      I hope you do, Jacqui! We love it. 🙂

  3. Reply
    chefjulianna
    August 10, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Hey Jas, this looks like the perfect Tuscan recipe! We were in Florence last year and have great memories of yummy pasta recipes, similar to this one! Next time we will have to look for the little red truck! This is a beautiful recipe, and I would love to make it to bring Florence into our kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday today! 😀

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you, Julianna! Isn’t it the most magical place? 🙂

  4. Reply
    The Girl Next Door
    August 12, 2018 at 12:43 am

    This looks amazingly good! I’m surely going to try this out some time soon. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 13, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      I’m so happy you like it! It’s simple and delicious. 😀 Thanks for stopping in!

  5. Reply
    jadoreledecor
    August 12, 2018 at 6:58 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. Definitely one to try!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 13, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. Reply
    Miz Helen
    August 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    What a great combination for a delicious dish! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 13, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen! Have a great week.

  7. Reply
    Kathy
    August 14, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    This looks delicious – I’m trying to find a way for my husband to eat cauliflower! This may do it 😉 Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Hope he’ll give it a try 😀 Thank you for stopping in, Kathy!

  8. Reply
    acraftymix
    August 15, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I swear this dish was made just for me. I love both cauliflower and mushrooms. Sadly no-one else in the house is a big fan, but that does mean I get to eat the lion’s share 😉 I’ve never tried caramelized cauliflower though. It sounds scrumptious Jas

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      More for you, right? My husband loves it but as a side dish. He’s got to have a hunk of meat with it, lol. Thanks for visiting, Michelle!

  9. Reply
    Irene
    August 15, 2018 at 11:03 am

    This recipe sounds really delicious, with such a blend of well developed flavours, and yet, easy to follow.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Irene!

  10. Reply
    LINDA
    August 17, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Yum! Hi, love your post. I have a new blog party and would like to invite you to come share this on the CLASSY FLAMINGOS BLOG PARTY held each Tuesday evening thru Friday. You’ll get large picture exposure and shout outs on all of my social media sites. You may get PINKED and you’ll get even more exposure! I hope you’ll add me to your party list. poinsettiadr.com

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 21, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you, Linda!

  11. Reply
    diyadulation
    August 17, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This looks absolutely incredible! I fall in the camp of loving mushrooms (and cauliflower for that matter). Can’t wait to try your delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday this week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 17, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      I’m so happy you like it, Marie! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Reply
    sageandivydesigns
    August 19, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Yummy recipe I cannot wait to try it. Happy weekend, Kippi

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Kippi!

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