Sicilian Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 228.8
  • Total Fat: 6.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 27.9 mg
  • Sodium: 572.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.6 g
  • Protein: 12.4 g

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Number of Servings: 8


    1 bunch broccoli, trimmed of tough ends
    1 head cauliflower, quartered, core removed
    2 medium yellow onions, sliced 1/4 inch, lengthwise
    4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    A generous pinch of saffron threads
    A generous pinch of red pepper flakes, more to taste
    1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
    olive oil as needed
    2 tablespoons golden raisins, plumped in warm water, drained
    1/2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts
    1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley for garnish
    Freshly grated Parmesan, to taste, about 1 cup
    kosher salt, to taste
    1 pound dried pasta, sturdy variety such as Penne Rigate (cooked al dente, according to package directions)
    1 cup pasta water, reserved from cooking (may or may not get used, but very handy to have when putting the pasta together).


Slice the broccoli stems crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Slice the florets lengthwise, also 1/4 inch thick. Start by slicing from the stem-end up towards the floret and when you get to about an inch and a half from the top, turn it lengthwise to slice the floret. The florets tend to fall apart, that's ok, this is a rustic dish.

Cut cauliflower into similar sized pieces as the broccoli.

Heat a large heavy saute pan or skillet over moderate heat. (The pan should be large enough to hold the broccoli in a couple of layers, but not heaping/spilling out of the pan.) When the pan is hot add a generous splash of olive oil and all the broccoli. Turn the heat up to high and add a generous amount of salt. It's important to get the seasoning in the broccoli from the start, otherwise it will be bland, taste broccoli about halfway through cooking. Stir-fry the broccoli until it is tender and browned in spots, adding more oil if needed and taste for salt. This can take about 10 minutes. Set aside broccoli (drain off excess oil if you wish)

Cook the cauliflower in the same pan, in the same manner. If the pan isn't too brown, just go straight ahead and add some oil and throw in the cauliflower. If it is too brown, rinse the pan and proceed with the recipe. Again, initial seasoning is important, so taste for salt about halfway through cooking. Add the cauliflower to the broccoli.

Using the same pan (rinse if needed), cook the onions in olive oil over moderate heat. When the onions begin to soften add the garlic, saffron, hot pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Cook mixture until the onions are tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. The onions will turn a vivid yellow from the saffron. Set aside.

To assemble the pasta:
Warm a large pasta bowl. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the water.
Toss hot pasta back into its pot and put it back on the stove on very low heat, add the broccoli, cauliflower, saffron, onions, rosemary, raisins and half of the pine nuts, and parsley. Stir to combine, adding some pasta water to the mixture. Raise the heat a bit to bring it all together. Taste for seasoning.

Turn into the warm pasta bowl and top with remaining parsley, pine nuts and a generous handful of Parmesan. Serve immediately with more Parmesan on the side. Whew!

Serves 8-10.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MADEMCHE.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    I browned all my vegetables together in a huge frying pan with a pan spray no added oil. Then spritzed it with water to healthy sauté them. I will skip the saffron next time, it didn't enhance the dish. The dish didn't even need the cheese it was flavourful enough! - 4/25/13

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    This is a very delicious recipe, in fact lots veggies, I do really love this recipe. Try also visiting my favorite food site, GOURMANDIA and GOURMETRECIPE. They have lots of exciting and interesting recipes for you to choose from. Not only that, they have lots of recipe videos for you to watch. - 6/28/12

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    Labor intensive recipe, but well worth all the work. The raisins add a touch of sweetness and the pine nuts add a touch of crunch. I used spaghetti squash instead of pasta to lessen the carb load. Excellent recipe...really really good!! - 4/11/11

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    This was great! Next time I think I'll try cooking the broccoli and cauliflower together - took too long to make doing it all separate. But definitely will be making this again! - 2/23/10

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    Very Good
    Pretty good. I basically used most of the ingredients on hand and less salt. It turned out well even minus the raisins and pine nuts, substituted toasted sliced almonds. - 10/7/09

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    Yummy!!!!!!! - 6/6/09

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    I absolutely loved this recipe! Can't wait for lunch tomorrow, so I can have it again! - 3/4/09

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    me and hubby both agree - this sounds so yummy. We can't wait to try it. - 8/19/08

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    this is also going on my list for the grocer!! - 8/19/08

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    I love this recipe. Will definitely make it again. - 8/17/08