Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

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  2. 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil

  3. 1 medium red onion -- thinly sliced

  4. 6 mint leaves

  5. 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper

  6. 1 head cauliflower -- about 1 to

  7. -- lbs 1 pound rigatoni pasta -- preferably italian

  8. 1/2 cup pecorino cheese -- grated

  9. 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  10. 1 bunch Italian parsley -- finely chopped

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Bring 6 quarts water to boil in a large spaghetti pot and add 2 tablespoons salt.

  2. In a 14- to 18-inch sauté‚pan, heat oil until just smoking and add onion, mint and red pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, remove leaves and base core from cauliflower and chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Break the florets away from the central core and size them similarly. Cut the core into 1/4-inch coins and throw all the pieces into the sauté‚pan with the onions. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring regularly for about 12 to 15 minutes, until cauliflower is softened and light brown but not mushy.

  4. Cook the rigatoni according to package instructions until al dente, about 8 to 12 minutes, and drain in colander. Toss hot pasta into pan with cauliflower and add grated cheese, black pepper and parsley. Toss to coat and serve immediately.


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