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Pasta with cauliflower, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts


This fantastic Pasta with Cauliflower, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts is a quick and healthy pasta that is great for a week night. The hearty pasta is an amazing contrast to the yummy cauliflower and tomatoes with just a hint of garlic and crunch of pine nuts.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • ½ lb. Bowtie pasta
  • Cup Pinenuts
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • ½ Head Cauliflower about 4 cups of florets
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt divided
  • ½ Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes


  • Cook pasta according to package directions or boil for about 11 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  • While pasta is cooking prepare the other ingredients. Cut the cauliflower into small bite sized pieces by cutting down through the stems then pulling apart the floret sections. Mince the garlic and chop the fresh rosemary sprigs.
  • Toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Stir frequently so they don’t burn. Because of their high oil content, these little gems can burn easily, so make sure to keep an eye on them. Toast until just browned, about 3-5 minutes, then set aside.
  • In the same frying pan heat the olive oil and add the garlic, rosemary, garlic. Cook for about a minute. Add cauliflower and sprinkle with ½ tsp. salt. Stir frequently until cauliflower begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and add to cauliflower. Add sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and then sprinkle with the remaining ½ tsp. salt. Gently mix everything together and cook for a few more minutes to heat the pasta and meld the flavors together.