Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 pound of your favorite pasta, such as spaghetti , fettuccine, or linguine

  2. 1 head cauliflower or broccoli , cut into florets

  3. 1 pound Italian sausage , or other sausage or meat to your liking

  4. 4 ounces sliced pepperoni or salami, thinly sliced

  5. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  6. 1 large onion, julienned

  7. 1 red or green bell pepper, julienned

  8. 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  9. 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  11. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  12. 8 ounces cubed mozzarella (fresh or regular both fine)

  13. 1/2 cup sliced, stuffed green olives

  14. 1/2 cup sliced, pitted black olives

  15. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves Finely grated Parmesan , for passing at the table

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. When the pasta is al dente , strain in a colander and return the pasta to the large pot. Cover to keep warm. While the pasta is cooking, bring another saucepan filled 2/3 full of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until crisp -tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cauliflower to the pot with the pasta.and cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium-high heat, crumble the Italian sausage and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the pepperoni and cook for 2 minutes, just to release a little of the fat. Transfer the meats to the pot with the pasta and veggies and cover to keep warm. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil to the hot pan along with the onions and bell peppers and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, basil , oregano, and crushed red pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Using a spoon, transfer the sauteed onion mixture to the pasta pot. Add the remaining olive oil, the cubed mozzarella cheese, green and black olives, and parsley to the pot and, using 2 large wooden spoons, toss to thoroughly combine. Serve the pasta in a large bowl for everyone to help themselves. Pass the cheese at the table.


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