Pasta is a much debated dish in our house. I love it like I was born to eat it. Plus, as a mom of two young children, you know it’s bound to be a crowd-pleaser. The difficult one to convince is my husband; and, to be fair to him, it just doesn’t fill him up like a high-protein meal might. But if I can find a way to up the ante, then we’re in business. Of course, this isn’t as easy to do as a vegetarian…
A few weeks ago, I bought way too much basil. (It wasn’t my fault. There were only large bunches at the supermarket, and too much basil seemed like a better problem than no basil.) So I decided to add a pesto into the week’s meal plan. And to appease the whole family, husband included, I added cauliflower and walnuts to the pesto puree.
This meal is a bit involved and messy, but it isn’t complicated. Save it for a day where you feel like making something delicious from scratch, when you’ve got a craving only comfort food can fix.
1 cauliflower, chopped1 bunch basilHandful of chopped walnutsGarlic saltCherry tomatos (optional)Parmesan (optional)
– Boil the entire cauliflower until tender.
– Toss cauliflower, basil, and walnuts into a food processor and drench in olive oil and garlic salt.
– Puree until smooth. (You may have to do this in stages.)
– Boil and drain pasta.
– Toss pasta in pesto puree, salt to taste.
– Garnish with tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Serve hot!