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Roasted Sweet Pepper Pasta with Romanesco Cauliflower

Pasta with roasted romanesco cauliflower

This pasta is easy to make and full of delicious flavors! It's a great meal to make extras of and have for leftovers throughout the week. Be sure to check out our notes and tips below for some suggested substitutes if you don't have all of the ingredients we used.

Roasted Sweet Pepper Pasta with Romanesco Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • Head of romanesco cauliflower
  • 2-3 sweet peppers
  • Medium shell pasta
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon  
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Preferred cooking oil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and place whole sweet peppers on sheet
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, flip sweet peppers, and then roast for another 20 minutes
  4. In the meantime, heat a pan over low-medium heat. Once hot, add capers, almonds, garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until capers pop open and almonds are golden brown
  5. Cut romanesco cauliflower florets from stem and place on separate baking sheet
  6. Drizzle cauliflower with oil and place in oven for 20-25 minutes
  7. Fill a pot with about 4 cups of water and let it come to boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook for 9-11 minutes
  8. Once sweet peppers are done, gently remove the charred skin with a fork
  9. To assemble this dish, add pasta into a bowl followed by the caper mixture, the roasted romanesco cauliflower, and the roasted peppers. Optional: top with cheese or red pepper flakes

NOTES AND TIPS

  • To make removing the skin from the sweet peppers easier, try placing them in a brown paper bag for a couple minutes immediately after taking them out of the oven. This will allow them to steam, which loosens the skin and makes it easier to peel off with just your fingers
  • Don't have capers on hand? Try green olives or dill pickles for a similar taste. Be sure to chop them into small pieces to resemble the size of capers
  • Substitute shell pasta for any pasta you already have