Cauliflower Pasta with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Roasted cauliflower is literally one of my favourite things and I have to give credit to my boyfriend for suggesting I put it into a pasta dish because this is probably the best recipe I’ve ever come up with!

The creamy caramelised spicy cauliflower is perfect with the creamy crunchy pine nuts and obviously Parmesan makes every pasta dish pop!


Half a large cauliflower

1tbsp hot chilli powder

1tsp smoked paprika

2-3tbsp olive oil


Half a white onion

4 cloves garlic

2tsp olive oil

15g chopped pine nuts



15g whole pine nuts

2tbsp of pasta water

30g grated Parmesan


For 2 people:

  1. Chop half a large cauliflower into pieces - the trick is to get as many flat edges as you can as this gives the best caramelisation

  2. Mix with 1tbsp hot chilli powder, 1tsp smoked paprika and 2-3tbsp olive oil

  3. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet flat edge down and so that no pieces are overlapping season well and put in the oven at 220oC for 20 mins (watch tv at this point)

  4. After 20 mins get back in the kitchen put your pasta on to boil

  5. Finely chop (0.5cm pieces) half a white onion and slice 4 cloves garlic 🧄 thinly and fry on a low heat in 2tsp olive oil until translucent - allow them to start to caramelise. Add about 15g chopped pine nuts to the pan and fry gently. If it gets too dry add a little more oil. Season. The mix should start to brown.

  6. Your pasta and cauliflower should be pretty much done at this point. Take the cauliflower out the oven and put another 15g pine nuts in (whole this time) to toast.

  7. Add the pasta and about 2tbsp of the pasta water to the pine nut pan. Mix well and you should have a glossy sauce. Add more pasta water if it’s dry. Keep some of the larger cauliflower pieces to the side and then scrape the smaller pieces and the oil from the baking sheet into the pasta pan. Mix well then stir through 30g grated Parmesan to melt through.

  8. Top with the toasted pine nuts and cauliflower pieces and serve with extra Parmesan.

Meet Rosa

@woodhillkichen began in June 2020 after deciding I could not take one more picture of my food to sit on my camera roll unseen by the world. Be it home cooked or eating out, there’s nothing I find more satisfying than good food and getting the perfect pic!

Despite still working through lockdown, quieter weekends gave me the chance to experiment with new recipes and spend a little more time in the @woodhillkichen.

Proving vegetables don’t need to be boring and that cake is ALWAYS a good idea is my goal and I hope to encourage people to love their leftovers, shop small and support local businesses!

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