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Spaghetti with fried cauliflower and pine nuts

In medieval times, health manuscripts preached the virtues of pine nuts as a power "to stimulate the libido". The Arabic scriptures recommend a drink of honey and eating 20 almonds and 100 pine nuts before going to bed. After repeating this for three days a man would acquire vigour. Well, I suppose this partly explains my addiction.

Spaghetti with fried cauliflower and pine nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 6 anchovy fillets (optional)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts, roasted
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 500g orecchiette, spaghetti or cavatelli pasta

Method

Add 1 tsp salt to a pot of boiling water. Drop in the cauliflower florets and cook until just tender. Drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion and garlic for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft. Add the parsley, anchovies and cauliflower. Pour in the wine, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the roasted pine nuts, season with salt and black pepper to taste and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and toss in a pan with the cauliflower sauce. Serve hot.

Main ingredient:
Nuts, Cauliflower, Pasta
Cuisine:
Italian
Course:
Main-course
Occasion:
Midweek dinner

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