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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Penne with Cauliflower, Tomatoes and Olives - Penne con Cavolfiori, Pomodori e Olive

Due to the popularity of my previous cauliflower dish, I would like to share with you another classic family dish from southern Italy  In fact, I suggest you serve it in abundance because it’s so exquisite, they’ll be asking for more.

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Ingredients for 4 persons
1 lb. penne or other pasta
½ lb. cauliflower
1/2 lb. sun dried tomatoes
1 cup black olives
2 cloves of garlic sliced
2 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese
Pinch of fresh rosemary
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cut the cauliflower in florets and boil in salted water until tender.  Drain and save a cup of the cooking water. 

In a large pan, add oil and sliced garlic and saute' until golden. 

Add the sun dried tomatoes cut into strips, the olives and the rosemary.  Add cauliflower and reserved water and cook for 10 minutes.  In a pot with salted water cook the pasta, drain and mix with cauliflower.  Add grated pecorino cheese and serve.

Penne with cauliflower, sun-dried tomatoes and olives