As much as I love thumbing through cookbooks for dinner inspiration, it is really lovely when a friend emails a recipe to try. Especially when I’m at the office, far away from my lovely books. And even more especially when I’m busy watching in horror as the streets of my hometown burn in a hockey-inspired riot. Who has time for recipe hunting when police cars are on fire?
Anyways, thank you to the lovely Jacqui for this delicious, satisfying pasta recipe. It arrived just in time to save me from the post-work supermarket zombie stroll.
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cored and trimmed into florets
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound pennette or penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- ½ cup pitted mild black or green olives, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons salt-packed capers, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium dried mild chile, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 can salmon or ½ jar anchovies
- 1 cup bread crumbs, toasted
- 1 cup finely grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- ⅓ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400˚ and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the cauliflower to the prepared baking sheet and roast, stirring twice, until crisp-tender and golden brown around the edges, about 35 minutes.
- When the cauliflower is nearly done roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, warm the remaining ¼ cup of olive oil with the butter over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Add the olives, capers and chile and cook, stirring, until just warm, about 1 minute. Add the salmon and continue cooking for two minutes. Gently stir in the cauliflower and remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Drain the pasta and toss immediately with the cauliflower mixture. Add the bread crumbs, cheese and parsley and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl and serve.