rigatoni with spiced broccoli and cauliflower
pasta e broccoli profumata
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
MAKES: 4 servings
- Fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, cut in half and very thinly sliced
- 4 cups very small cauliflower florets (about 1 pound)
- 5 cups very small broccoli florets (about 3/4 pound)
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch ground cloves
- Coarsely cracked black pepper
- 1 pound mezzi rigatoni
- 3 cups loosely packed freshly grated pecorino Toscano or Grana Padano cheese
- 2 large egg yolks
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onion, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook cauliflower in the boiling water until tender, about 6 minutes. Using a mesh strainer or slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to a bowl. Add broccoli to the boiling water and cook until just tender yet still firm to the bite, about 4 minutes; using slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a second bowl. Reserve pot of water.
When onion is tender and golden, add cauliflower, cinnamon, cloves and generous pinch pepper; cook over medium heat, breaking apart cauliflower florets into small pieces, 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
Return pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until pasta is about 2 minutes from al dente, then add broccoli to pot with pasta; continue to cook until pasta is al dente. Reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid, drain pasta and broccoli; transfer to a large serving bowl. Add cauliflower mixture, scraping all of the oil from pan into bowl, then add 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, cheese and egg yolks; quickly toss to combine well. Add more pasta cooking liquid to moisten, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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