Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another lighter pasta- Cauliflower Spinach Pasta

Is it really only 8 pm? I am so ready for bed ;)

Today work was great! I got an award for some of the work I recently completed which felt great! I came home, took the Frankster for his walk, did some laundry, cooked up dinner and then headed out the door to teach Body Step. When I came home I ate, showered and am all nice and tucked in now ;). I have a few more to dos, but hopefully they won't take too long. For dinner I made another light pasta. It was very yummy except I over-roasted my cauliflower a bit. Next time I will do it on a slightly lower temp such as the one in the following recipe:

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower
About 3/4 box/bag of pasta (whatever you have)
About 2 cups fresh baby spinach- sliced up thin (I cut mine with freshly washed scissors)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder

Directions
Preheat oven to 425. Cut up cauliflower into bite sized pieces and cover lightly with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder (your call on the amounts here ;)). Place on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes turning once (all ovens are different so keep an eye on them so you don't over do it like I did ;)).

Meanwhile, heat up a pot of water and cook pasta according to directions. Set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain pasta, return to pan, add spinach and mix. Add pasta water, cheese, panko, and cauliflower. Mix well and serve.


It was very good. Even with the over-roasted cauliflower. Have you ever had a major cooking disaster???

29 comments:

Esi said...

Yum, even with the over-roasted cauliflower! I have kitchen disasters all the time...not really sure what the worst is :) Have a good night!

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for work going well!! And hooray for the pasta dish - yum!!

Ooooh yes, I've DEFINITELY had kitchen disasters, haha - I prefer not to think about them ;-)

Emily said...

looks delicious! ill have to try that one...i love cauliflower!

Amira said...

sounds like a great day, congratulations on your work award that's so cool. That pasta looks divine, i kinda like my cauliflower a little burnt-so it looks even more delicious to me (lol i'm weird) As for cooking disasters there's one that sticks out the worst, it was the most horrible meal i've ever made, dry, disgusting rice, very unappetizing broccoli and beans that were burnt!

strongandhealthy said...

Oh yes I have...my friend once gave me this recipe for soup and you had to blend all the ingredients together. I think I added way too much stuff because everything went everywhere!!!

ttfn300 said...

new layout? i likey :) that pasta looks good, roasted cauliflower is great!

umm, yeah, definately had disasters!

Sharon said...

Wow, looks amazing!
My kitchen disasters? Far too many!

Rose said...

Ohh this looks good!

Congrats on your award :)

Most of my major cooking accidents have involved oats and a microwave...

... but there was that one time with baked cod in the oven... with a plastic bowl... that caught on fire.... and we had to um... call the fire department. yep. college days.

Madison Song said...

i am sooo ready for bed too. i haven't had many kitchen disasters but i usually always make the kitchen a disaster whenever i do major cooking. i wsih there were some instant cleanup thing!

Aggie said...

That looks great Erica! I love roasted cauliflower...mmm. And I'm loving your new layout! ;)

So, my kitchen disaster, this was horrible, my newly married niece was over for a "cooking lesson"...well, we got to drinking a little while we were cooking and I was preheating a skillet and forgot about it, well, when I added the oil to the skillet it caught on FIRE! no joke...tall flames, they almost touched my cabinets. I almost threw the pot in the pool...it was crazy. (and the guys were innocently watching basketball in the living room when this happened...talk about freaking everyone out!). Very embarrassing!!

B_Hlthy said...

oh my ! pasta looks delicious!

wow, totally had a gazillion kitchen disasters. Where to start.
I tried making the pumpkin egg combo I usually do for breakfast and I accidentally dumped about 1/4 cup of baking powder in it due to slip of the wrist. I dumped out what I could but it tasted AWFUL!

eatingbender said...

Ok so that turkey burger on your last post totally has me drooling right now! I love that you used the Arnold thin for a bun...those things are amazing!

Congratulations on your award at work! That's such great news!

I definitely think that pasta looks amazing. I've had several kitchen disasters in my lifetime. The ones that always make me the saddest are when oatmeal explodes in the microwave :o( So I always cook on the stove, haha!

Lori said...

Too many to count. :)

I am so craving healthy pasta for some reason. Yours looks great!

Megan said...

omg, my life in the kitchen has been one ENORMOUS cooking disaster!

your pasta looks amaaazzzinnngg :) i love to eat pasta and still keep it light so i dont feel icky afterward; fab recipe!

K said...

Congrats on your award - that's FANTASTIC news :)

Love the recipe it sounds easy and delish!

I've had numerous kitchen disasters let's see..one time I burnt rice, who does that?!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Oh that look glorious!!!! I am starring this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Oh god I've done all kinds of wrong in the kitch! I've tried to make souffles before and everytime they deflate!
Give Frank lots of love from Auntie Erin!

Maria said...

I like the over roasted cauli! I wouldn't call that a disaster by any means! Congrats on your award at work!!

Pam said...

I wish my husband would eat cauliflower - this looks really tasty. I may just have to make it the next time he works late.

lauren said...

congrats on the award - so nice to be recognized for hard work! this recipe looks REALLY good. I am definitely making this because it has things I always have in the house!

Diana said...

That's what I should have done with my leftover cauliflower last night! Looks delish!

And yes, I definitely have kitchen disasters. I shudder at the memory of attempting to make pad thai!

Lisa said...

I am loving your lighter recipes. It is finally time for me to eat healthy again.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Ha - I too posted about my dinner mishap from last night. Still edible, but not too tasty. It happens.

Congrats on your award!

Jenn said...

It still looks pretty tasty. Once I burned brownies AFTER I took them out of the oven. (I left a burner on the stove on -- doh!)

Congrats on the award!

greendogwine said...

As Veggie Girl would say - HOLY YUM! That dish looks amazing - I love roasted cauliflower (and broccoli!)

Soma said...

I never made pasta with cauliflower.. I do not know why. An inspiration to do it now!

BTW I had no clue u get the Jenne o burger patties too. I buy the turkey hotdogs as we do not eat any other meat than poultry. I have to look for these.

EAT! said...

I love roasted cauliflower and pasta - what a great combination.

When I have a kitchen disaster, I try to fashion the dish into something else. I hate to throw anything out.

B_Hlthy said...

Congrats on the award too!!

Sara said...

This sounds delicious. I made pasta and cauliflower together for the first time a few months ago and it was yummy. A great way to bulk up the pasta so it's a healthier meal. Can't wait to try this version.

Anne Marie said...

Thanks for passing this along! This looks awesome!