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

Weeknight Cauliflower Pasta with Pecans and Feta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
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
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 386 kcal
  • 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
  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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48 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!

    1. sameeee. plus, i love how cheap it is (:

  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!

    1. i wonder when i can submit “friendshipial bliss” to be placed in a dictionary (;

  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

    1. not sure why anyone wouldn’t want donuts! (jk, one of my friends doesn’t like donuts, though she does like churros and malasadas. not sure what’s going on with that lol). and yessss, variety is always the way to go (:

  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!

    1. oh, i know what you mean about vegetable ruts! i had a massive spaghetti squash a few weeks ago, and it took me eating it multiple times a day to finish it over a week. i’m going to ignore spaghetti squash for a while now (;

  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!

    1. i wouldn’t be surprised if steaks were mixed with donuts. there’s a place near me that does a pesto, ham and egg doughnut, and i’ve seen donut burgers floating around on the internet. but i’m with you; i want steak separated from donuts!

  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!

    1. yessss. i bet that’s an overarching deal breaker if you’re friends with a food blogger (;

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

    1. thanks, gigi! tbh i love eggs with anything vegetable lol.

  11. This looks like a hearty meal 🙂

    1. thanks, tandy! it definitely is (:

  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 🙂

    1. i’m convinced that pasta and feta make anything savory better! (actually though: i add feta to almost all of my salads lol).

  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!

    1. hmm, i love donuts and acai bowls, so while i’m not sure how it would work, i would probably be down to taste it anyways (; my dad has this philosophy that frying anything makes it better, which sounds like your donut proclamation!

  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!

    1. yeah, there’s so many great textures here! chewy pasta, tender cauliflower, crunchy pecans, creamy feta 😍

  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!

    1. there’s something so good about hardboiled eggs with salt and pepper! i tend to add more seasonings than that to my food, but hardboiled eggs don’t need anything else (:

  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!

    1. even quicker if you make a huge batch on sunday! some days i just need food FAST and can’t even wait for cauliflower or pasta to cook (;

  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!

    1. cauliflower + pasta is one of my staples! they’re both such quick cookers, and if i’m being really efficient, i can use the same water to cook them (:

  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! 🙂

    1. thanks, alia! it’s definitely perfect for a weeknight dinner (:

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

    1. thanks, caroline! a lot of these are staples in my kitchen too, so it makes it even easier to whip up (:

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

    1. hahaha. in fact, i’m going out tonight, and i’m already messaging my friend to make sure we’re on the same page about what we’re ordering 😂😅

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

    1. thanks, christina!

  24. That’s funny, I always change my order if someone orders the same thing as me – not to be a hipster and all that jazz but I love sharing food! But omg if they didn’t share 🙁 yea I’d be stomping my feet a bit haha 🙂

    1. sameee even if that someone orders what i really wanted lol

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