Caramelised cauliflower pasta

This caramelised cauliflower pasta is ready within just half an hour. You can also easily create a vegetarian version without bacon.

30 minutes 4 people Main course
Caramelised cauliflower pasta


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  • 1 cauliflower
  • about 60 gram dairy butter
  • 200 gram smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • large handful of (coarsely) grated parmesan cheese
  • 500 gram fusili pasta
  • few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • pepper and salt to taste
Caramelised cauliflower pasta ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • large pan
  • colander
  • large skillet
  • small knife
  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • wooden spoon


30 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation -- 10 minutes

Fill a large pan with water and bring to a boil. Divide the cauliflower into florets, not too small but also not too large. Peel and finely chop the shallot and garlic cloves. 

Caramelised cauliflower pasta
Caramelised cauliflower pasta

Finishing the caramelised cauliflower pasta -- 20 minutes

Cook the pasta in the large bowl and meanwhile heat a large knob of butter in a large skillet. Cook the cauliflower florets on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes.

You'll notice the cauliflower will start to caramelise and will become softer. Add the bacon and cook about 5 minutes more. Drain the pasta as soon as its al dente.

Cook the finely chopped shallot and garlic for a few minutes more. Stir in the drained pasta and season with pepper and salt. Be careful with the salt, because the bacon and cheese are also salty.

Serve the pasta and cauliflower with (coarsely) grated cheese and thyme (without stems). Enjoy!

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