Cauliflower and bacon pasta

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Cauliflower is making headlines in a big way. Everywhere you look cooks are getting creative with this ingredient, using it in ways one never thought possible. As I was always a fan of good ol’ cauliflower, I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Cauliflower and pasta you ask? Let me tell you, it is beyond delightful. When cauliflower is paired with mascarpone it makes for a beautiful sauce that could easily take the place of a béchamel in any dish. I’m loving this new craze and have a few ideas up my sleeve for magical kitchen adventures.

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Ingredients:

500 g cauliflower

1 teaspoon garlic

250 g mascarpone

100 ml milk

250 g bacon, chopped roughly

300 g pasta (I used pipes)

Handful of fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Method:

  1. Cover the cauliflower with water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and pop in a blender along with the garlic. Set aside once it’s rice-like.
  3. Fry the bacon and once crisp, add the cauliflower. Mix in the mascarpone, parsley and milk.
  4. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain the pasta once cooked and stir in the cauliflower and bacon mix.
  5. Serve with fresh parsley and black pepper.
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