Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower – pasta with cauliflower, kale, Parmesan, ricotta, and lemon zest! Light and fresh – perfect for meatless Monday!
This is the first of two meatless recipes this week. Things are getting weird.
So how was your weekend? Hopefully fabulous! I stupidly scheduled a vet appointment for Clementine at 7:15 yesterday morning. It’s never a good idea to make an appointment that early on a Sunday. Good news though, we only have this week and then it’s SPRING BREAK. And then the kids may or may not go back to school after that. Still waiting for papers to be signed so we know which day we can get the heck out of here.
Yesterday I also officially started cleaning out the house. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years. I found one of those cell phones with the pull out keyboard in our junk drawer – like, how old is that?! Why do we still have it?!
I spent a good portion of the day just filling bags with stuff to either throw away or donate. I’m starting to panic because it just seems like so. much. stuff. and it’s stuff that we’ve just shoved into closets or drawers because we don’t even use it. I need it all out of here!
Aaaaand I started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up while I cleaned. Mostly because I’ve heard that the author talks about your socks needing a vacation. My socks and I are pretty excited to hear all about that.
Today I wanted to talk about my favorite ways to unwind.
I inherited the magazine gene from my mom so I loooooove to settle in with a good magazine. And I have different magazines that I use for different occasions. Like, I buy Real Simple® every month specifically to read at kids’ practices or when I’m waiting in the school pick-up. I picked these up at Target earlier in the month and devoured both of them one night. So relaxing.
I also love unwinding in the kitchen.
There is nothing better than putting earbuds in, blocking out the rest of the world, and cooking for the fun of it. I love when I have a solid block of a couple hours where I can just cook what I want and then I also love getting the kitchen all cleaned up afterwards.
Cheesy Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower!
I pulled this recipe from the March issue of All You® and the roasted cauliflower just drew me in. It’s pasta (recipe calls for penne – I have 7 boxes of weird shaped pasta that need to get used in the next couple weeks) with kale and the roasted cauliflower and then it’s all covered in a cheesy cream sauce. With more cheese on top.
It was so delicious.
Roasted cauliflower is just so good. And then you add in two of my faves – kale and Parmesan – and you’ve got a perfect meal!
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- 1 small head cauliflower cut into florets
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound penne
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups baby kale
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
- 1 cup ricotta
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. On sheet, toss cauliflower with 2 Tbsp. oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast until cauliflower is soft, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking.
Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, about 10 minutes or as package label directs. While pasta is cooking, warm remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kale and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add cream, lemon zest and juice, 1/4 tsp. salt and red pepper, if desired. Cook, stirring, until mixture is just bubbling, about 2 minutes.
Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Stir pasta into skillet to coat with sauce. Stir in cauliflower, ricotta and Parmesan. If mixture seems dry, stir in reserved cooking water 1 Tbsp. at a time to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and serve.
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