If you are looking for a quick and simple weeknight meal, you have come to the right place. Not only does this recipe for creamy one-pan pasta come together easily, it's also packed with cauliflower, so you're getting a healthy portion of veggies in too. Pre-soaking the pasta allows you to cook everything in the same pan, which means less hassle and a faster cleanup. Just top with Parmesan breadcrumbs and dig in!
Creamy One-Pan Cauliflower Pasta with Crunchy Breadcrumbs 7 Steps
Start by soaking your small pasta of choice in a medium bowl along with the vegetable stock. Stir occasionally as you prepare the other ingredients to ensure that the noodles soak evenly and don’t stick together.
Next, prepare the breadcrumbs by adding olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Stir everything together and cook for 2 minutes until golden and fragrant. Remove the pan from the heat before adding the Parmesan. Stir to combine and set aside.
Using the same pan over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, onion and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are translucent.
Add the cauliflower florets along with another pinch of salt and stir everything together. Cook the cauliflower for 20-25 minutes until tender and golden. The cauliflower should break down slightly as it cooks so use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the florets.
Once the cauliflower is cooked through, add the soaked pasta and stock to the pan. Stir constantly as the mixture comes to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes until the noodles have reached your desired consistency. Add a 1/4 cup of water if the pasta needs more cooking time or if the pan is looking too dry.
Turn the heat off then add butter, Parmesan and lemon juice. Stir together to create a glossy sauce, adding a splash more water if need be. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Finish with reserved breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes and parsley.