Friday, February 3, 2012

Get baked

There's something about baking cauliflower that makes the vegetable so savory and delicious! Tossed with a drizzle of olive oil and some spices, the flavours caramelize as they roast together in the oven. Baked cauliflower is perfect on it's own, but it's also wonderful mixed with pasta. Add some goat cheese and the juice of a lemon for a flavourful and oh so satisfying noodle dish.

Baked cauliflower

1/2 head of cauliflower, broken up into florets
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried chili flakes
2 tbsp olive oil, or enough to coat cauliflower
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F (175° C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and add ingredients. Mix, and place in the oven. Bake until cauliflower tops are golden brown yet still slightly tender (about 20 minutes, depending on floret sizes). Remove from oven and mix. Enjoy as it, or toss with your favourite pasta dish, like the one below!

Pasta with baked cauliflower and goat cheese
Serves 2

Baked cauliflower
Penne pasta (2 servings)
Fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp goat cheese
2 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh cilantro
salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and pasta (I used about 1 cup dried whole wheat penne). Cook until al dente and drain.

In the meantime, heat pan on medium heat. Add oil and minced garlic, and stir until fragrant (about a minutes). Add lemon juice (and some white wine if you happen to have some laying around!) Mix in cooked pasta, spinach, cilantro, and goat cheese; and remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately. Yum!

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