Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower
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A simple pasta dish featuring bacon, cauliflower, and parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz. spaghetti (I used whole wheat)
  • 6 slices bacon
  • ⅓ cup fresh sage leaves
  • 1 small head cauliflower (1½ lbs), cut into small florets
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve ¾ cup cooking water and drain. Return pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 6-8 minutes. Move bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel and crumble.
  3. Add the sage to the bacon skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring once, until crisp (1-2 minutes). Remove from skillet and place with the bacon.
  4. Add the cauliflower to the skillet with ¼ cup water and ¼ tsp each of salt and pepper. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes.
  5. Uncover and cook, tossing frequently, until golden and tender (5 more minutes).
  6. Add the reserved pasta water and ½ cup parmesan to the pasta, tossing until creamy. Add the cauliflower, sage, and bacon, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
From Real Simple Magazine March 2010
Recipe by Honest Cooking at