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Cauliflower, Bacon, Sage Pasta + Perennial

Posted Feb 24 2012 7:33am

Just a quick post with a quick recipe. Tonight, I hung out at Erato on Main , a wine bar in Edwardsville, for the Perennial Artisan Ales kickoff in Illinois party. I love when awesome St. Louisans come to my side of the river!

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We had a few beers and hung out with the Perennial folk, and lo-and-behold, I won the grand prize of the night – a brewery tour and tasting for 10 people! Unbelievable!

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I’m so excited and can’t wait to cash in my winnings!

I’m leaving you this weekend with a simple pasta recipe. Combine pasta, vegetables, and bacon? Nuts!

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Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Sage

by Every Little Thing

Keywords: saute entree Italian

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Ingredients (serves 2)

Instructions

In a large pot, heat water on high until boiling and cook pasta according to package directions. When cooked, drain (reserving 1/2 cup pasta water) and set aside.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, drop bacon onto a paper-towel lined plate and set aside, reserving 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan. Add onion and garlic and soften, approximately 8 minutes. Add cauliflower and cover the pan. Saute for approximately 10 minutes until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes (add water to pan if it becomes too dry).

Add the bacon back to the pan with the sage and cook for about a minute. Add the pasta to the skillet, then the pasta water to create a thin coating on the pasta, then add the cheese and serve!

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It may not look all that pretty but it’s super easy and a great flavor combo – bacon, cauliflower, sage…fresh sage. Chopped and sautéed. With the bacon. The mix is perfect.

OK, maybe not as good as cauliflower mac-and-cheese , but still delicious.

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The cooking scenario goes like this:

  • cook pasta, set aside (check)
  • cook bacon, set aside (check)
  • cook onion/garlic (check)
  • cook cauliflower with the onion (check)
  • combine onion/garlic/cauli with the bacon and sage (check)
  • add cooked pasta, pasta water, and Parmesan (check)
  • enjoy (check!)

For a vegetarian switch, veto the bacon and add mushrooms. The bacon does add a certain depth of flavor but mushrooms would do. Just add olive oil to cook the onion, where the bacon grease resided.

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But really, this dish is all about the cauliflower!

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Happy Friday!

Question: What was the last prize you won? What was the last food-related prize you won?

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