Cauliflower With Pasta

Photo Grace Hallenbeck


One Head Cauliflower
One box (1#) small pasta, like ditalini or spirals or elbows
Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Grated Romano Cheese (if you prefer parmesan, try it—I have not)


Boil the pasta al dente and set aside

Steam the cauliflower and set aside (break into pieces).  Reserve the water.

In a pot, cover the bottom generously with olive oil

Chop garlic and add to pot

Cook on medium until garlic is just cooked, not brown (if it browns, throw it away and start again)

Add red pepper flakes

Stir to combine and making sure nothing sticks to bottom of pot

Fold in cauliflower pieces and pasta to the pot, distributing the oil mixture.  Add a little of the cauliflower water if items in the pot need some moisture to fold in well.

Add salt to taste.

Serve in a bowl topped with grated cheese.


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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!