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Cauliflower, Bacon, and Pasta Recipe 2010-12-10 14:17:31

Pasta With Bacon and Cauliflower

Pasta With Bacon and Cauliflower

From Real Simple

Cauliflower, Bacon, and Pasta Recipe 2010-12-10 14:17:31

Ingredients

  1. 12 ounces spaghetti (3/4 box)
    6 slices bacon
    1/3 cup fresh sage leaves
    1 small head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into small florets
    kosher salt and black pepper
    3/4 cup grated pecorino (3 ounces)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving ¾ cup of the cooking water, and return the pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and crumble.
  3. Add the sage to the drippings in the skillet and cook over medium heat, turning once, until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the bacon.
  4. Add the cauliflower, ¼ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper to the drippings in the skillet and cook, covered, for 2 minutes.
  5. Uncover and cook, tossing frequently, until golden and tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  6. Add the reserved pasta water and ½ cup pecorino to the pasta; toss until creamy. Add the cauliflower, sage, and bacon and toss. Sprinkle with remaining pecorino.

Serves 4.

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