This recipe for pasta with cauliflower is a simple, satisfying dish! Rotini pasta noodles are tossed in a creamy parmesan cheese sauce with steamed cauliflower and lettuce. A quick, easy and delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights!
Pasta is my go-to meal choice around here these days, mainly because I know that my entire family will happily eat it any night of the week! Best of all, this meal is on the table in less than half an hour, and the delightfully creamy sauce is made with just a handful of ingredients! How can you go wrong with that?
We’re also making this pasta recipe super nutritious by adding one of my favorite veggies, cauliflower! As an added plus, I’ve got fresh from the garden cauliflower! Cauliflower is really fun to harvest. We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.
Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball. It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of the seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.
Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.
How To Make Pasta With Cauliflower:
Pasta with cauliflower is so easy to make, requiring less than 30 minutes and only 10 basic ingredients.
Now, melt the butter and garlic in a medium saucepan. Add flour and cook for 1 more minute, stirring. Add chicken broth and milk, continuing to stir until sauce thickens. Then, add parsley, salt + pepper and Parmesan cheese. Keep stirring!
Pour cheese sauce over pasta and cauliflower in pot. Add in the lettuce. Stir well so everything is fully combined and then serve hot.
Just look at that creamy cheese sauce. Oh la, la. Now go ahead, grab a fork and dive into this pasta dish!
Tips For Making Pasta With Cauliflower:
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese tastes best in this recipe, and it melts smoother compared to pre-grated cheese, which often contains anti-caking agents.
- The parmesan cheese sauce can be made up to 2 days before you plan to eat it, it also freezes well for later use.
- This pasta recipe makes for a great way to sneak in some lettuce to get your greens in. I throw in about a half a cup of chopped up lettuce. You could probably add up to a cup of chopped lettuce or spinach. Once it’s mixed in with the pasta and cream sauce, no one will notice and they’ll be begging for seconds.
Cauliflower Pasta Recipe Variations
This pasta is delicious as-is, but you can switch up the ingredients to customize the recipe to your tastes.
- Protein: Try topping your pasta with grilled chicken, shrimp or sliced steak.
- Pasta: While I often use rotini pasta noodles for this dish, other options include linguine, farfalle, penne or even cheese tortellini.
- Vegetables: Try using kale or spinach instead of regular lettuce. You can also add other veggies into your pasta such as sautéed red onions or mushrooms.
This cauliflower pasta recipe makes the perfect quick weeknight meal when you’re craving something substantial and comforting. This dish is sure to be a hit with your family, and it’s a great way to sneak in that extra serving or two of veggies!
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- 16 oz box rotini pasta
- 1 medium size cauliflower head chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (you can also use vegetable)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- salt + pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup lettuce chopped
- Cook pasta as instructed on box. With 3 minutes left, add cauliflower. Drain, put back in pot and set aside.
- Melt butter and garlic in a medium saucepan. Add flour and cook for 1 more minute, stirring, until it's a creamy butter mixture.
- Add chicken broth and milk, continuing to stir for a few minutes until sauce thickens.
- Add parsley, salt + pepper and Parmesan cheese. Keep stirring!
- Pour cheese sauce over pasta and cauliflower in pot. Add in chopped up lettuce. Stir so the creamy sauce covers everything.
- Serve hot, enjoy.
Pasta: While I often use rotini pasta noodles for this dish, other options include linguine, farfalle, penne or even cheese tortellini.
Vegetables: Try using kale or spinach instead of regular lettuce. You can also add other veggies into your pasta such as sautéed red onions or mushrooms.