Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
- 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.
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.