Weeknight Cauliflower Pasta with Pecans and Feta

A hearty bowl of this weeknight cauliflower pasta with pecans and feta is exactly what I want on a cold night!

they say that opposites attract. (they meaning society, cliches, take your pick). but i’d like to beg to differ. i had some hallmates i used to hang out with at the beginning of my freshman year, but over time, i came to find that we just weren’t that similar. there was a time where i basically had to drag them out of the hall to get donuts with me. who’s not down for donuts??? (aside from if you’re gluten free, at which point you are exempt and i am down to get an acai bowl with you like the basic california girl that i am). and then when we got to the donut place, they 1) got the same thing and 2) weren’t down to share with me. no wonder that i, a food obsessed person, did not last in friendshipial bliss with these otherwise nice humans.

i’m not saying that i want to be friends with my carbon copies. no, then we’d snipe at each other and enable the other to buy and consume way too much food. i’m saying that there needs to be threads of commonality that run deeper than a mutual interest in a trashy mtv reality dating show (what can i say, i was bored my freshman year).

pasta, cauliflower, pecans and feta are all fairly agreeable ingredients. they go with a lot of things, and aren’t opposite of many things. so, this weeknight cauliflower pasta with pecans and feta works. the crunchy, toasty nuts mingle with the chewy pasta. the salty, creamy feta goes with the assertive scallion and vinegar, which also goes with the sweet, tender cauliflower and onion. harmonious? i think YES.

This weeknight cauliflower pasta with pecans and feta is also topped with a hardboiled egg, and a generous sprinkling of scallions.

1 year ago: Miso Pilaf with Cucumber and Grilled Eggplant, Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
2 years ago: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Cherry Garcia Cake
3 years ago: Tofu Banh Mi Salad, Bon Appetit‘s Best Banana Bread (apparently i had a thing for bon appetit + banana bread…)
4 years ago: Aunty Pin’s Banana Nut Bread, Bon Appetit‘s Cocoa Brownies

This weeknight cauliflower pasta with pecans and feta is also topped with a hardboiled egg, and a generous sprinkling of scallions.
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Weeknight Cauliflower Pasta with Pecans and Feta

This weeknight cauliflower pasta with pecans and feta is, as the name suggests, perfect for a weeknight. It's quick and easy and cozy, just the thing you want to devour a bowlful of after a long day.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 386 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 lb pasta cooked
  • extra-virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, almonds or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup feta or ricotta salata crumbled
  • 2 scallions chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat some oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower. When the cauliflower begins to soften, add the onion and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are  crisp-tender. Add vinegar and lemon juice to taste. Add the pasta, then add enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the pasta thoroughly. Toss and serve with the nuts, cheese and scallions on top.

Recipe Notes

From Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Vegetables. Should you want some more protein, might I suggest an egg? I like hard-boiled or fried. Chickpeas (or other beans) or chicken (or other protein) also work well here. Calorie information does not include to taste quantities.

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23 Replies to “Weeknight Cauliflower Pasta with Pecans and Feta”

  1. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies, so this pasta looks awesome! Have a great week, Heather!

  2. Heather, this combination sounds amazing! These are not ingredients I would think of combining. I’m glad they at least are enjoying some “friendshipial bliss” – great term, BTW!

  3. Looks super delicious! I literally can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Looks yummy! I would totally add the egg and chickpeas too. And how could someone not want to go get donuts?!! I’d go with you anytime. But we would end up buying every variety just to try them all hahahaha 🙂 xoxo

  5. A simple, healthy and sound super flavorful Heather. Have a great week 🙂

  6. Wow, this sounds tasty. I’ve been trying to branch out from my regular roster of recipes (I can def get in a brussels sprout rut at this time of year) so this is a good one to try, it includes so many things I love!

  7. Everything in this looks amazing!! And I agree, on the outside opposites can attract (for example my dad-tatto covered, Mom-your typical gal next door) But on the inside they have the same morals and life goals. You need that common ground. Food does as well. As much as I love donuts, I don’t want it mixed with my steak!

  8. I feel you, opposites dont always attract, and having at least a few substantial things in common makes for great friendships and relationships in general. also PS this pasta looks and sounds so dang delicious, i just might have to go make some myself

  9. I don’t know if I could be friends with someone who wouldn’t share their food with me, haha – how else are you supposed to try a bunch of different things!? This is a brilliant veggie meal Heather!

  10. That looks pretty heavenly to me! I love eggs and cauliflower together!

  11. This looks like a hearty meal 🙂

  12. I love cauliflower – one of my fave veggies….add it to the list 😉 Love the combo with pasta and feta – hearty and delish (plus healthy) Yum! P.S. It’s always a good time for donuts 🙂

  13. Haha! I have to admit that trashy tv is always a good time on occasion…especially is said trashy tv is accompanied by donuts. Because donuts make everything better! (I’d even bet donuts would make an acai bowl better…is that sacrilege?) Love this combo of flavors you’ve got going on here, Heather! Sounds like a delicious meal to me!

  14. I’ll get donuts with you! 🙂 This pasta sounds wonderful with all the lovely flavours and textures mingling together. Love cauliflower and feta especially!

  15. Consider me down for this healthy, delicious cauliflower pasta dish, Heather! And yes on the hard boiled egg. Make mine with a little bit of salt and way too much black pepper!

  16. Oh the fun of college days 😀 That pasta sounds really good and I love that you add such different flavor combination.

  17. This is a very nutrient-dense and mouth-watering recipe, Heather! Excellent choice for a quick lunch!

  18. My friends need to share food with me! This is basic principle. I would never have thought to put these ingredients together Heather and I like all of them. thanks for sharing!

  19. YUM…great combination of ingredients. I have not tried cauliflower in pasta, but that changes here! Definitely want to try this. Looks great.
    Have a great weekend Heather!

  20. Love all the ingredients in this Cauliflower Pasta, Heather! The feta and pecan are such good additions to a pasta dish, because they add such great texture and flavor. Wicked weeknight dinner recipe! 🙂

  21. I really like the sound of this, perfect for a busy week. I normally have most of those ingredients in my kitchen!

  22. Hahha, I totally agree. Dude, I would be your friend! I am always down for doughnuts and I always share my food 😉

  23. I want to face plant into that pasta dish! I adore cauliflower, this recipe looks and sounds so dang delicious! Gimme Gimme!!

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