Roasted cauliflower & hazelnut carbonara

Roasted cauliflower & hazelnut carbonara

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Stir roasted cauliflower, hazelnuts, eggs, double cream and thyme into penne pasta for a vegetarian version of the classic carbonara

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal693
  • fat37g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.7g
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Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (about 700g), cut into small florets
    Cauliflower

    Cauliflower

    coll-ee-fl-ow-ah

    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small bunch thyme, leaves picked

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 100g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 350g penne
  • 100g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 2 eggs, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • small pack parsley, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the cauliflower with the oil, thyme and seasoning, and spread out on a large baking tray. Roast for 15-20 mins until starting to soften and caramelise. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the cauliflower and cook for another 5 mins until the nuts are lightly toasted and the cauliflower cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving the cooking water, then return to the pan. Take the baking tray out of the oven and add the cauliflower and hazelnuts to the pasta, then stir in the Parmesan, egg, cream, parsley and 1 tbsp of cooking water. The heat from the pasta should be enough to just cook the egg without scrambling it. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash more cooking water. Check the seasoning and serve.

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paszkola
27th Jan, 2017
0.05
Unfortunately this recipe did not work for me. It didn't seem to have much flavour despite all fresh ingredients. The sauce crumbled immediately and the dish was dry.
disneydani
9th Nov, 2016
5.05
Highly recommend, this is s quick recipe and is so yummy! The only negative is that is it a bit white looking, but the taste more than makes up for it. I didn't have hazelnuts, so I used cashews and it worked out just fine.
raychforbes
28th Oct, 2016
5.05
This is a fantastic recipe, delicious and easy. We are trying to eat more vegetarian meals, I wish there were more recipes like this!
LRizzyx
28th Sep, 2016
Not impressed. I was looking forward to cooking this all day given the positive reviews but mine was bland and boring at most. The sauce was tasteless and didnt cover all of the pasta. The cauliflower was still rock hard after 15 mins of baking but should have cut them into smaller pieces. All in all - a waste of ingredients.
emerthelemur
5th Mar, 2016
5.05
Been looking for a good veggie carbonara for ages - this one is delicious. Highly recommend.
joanna1972
17th Feb, 2016
5.05
I really enjoyed this. Roasting cauliflower is the only way I cook it now as the nuttiness it brings is just yummy, and the thyme worked fabulously. The boys in my life are not huge nut fans, but I thought they added a lovely texture and flavour. I may add the roasted cauliflower to a more traditional Carbonara in the future, as it's really no hassle. Mind you I do need to remember to put the water for the pasta on as soon as I get the cauli into the oven as there was a little bit of a time lag...and me willing water to boil!
neezy1911
9th Dec, 2015
5.05
Best dish to make with a cauliflower. Absolutely love it. If you need a bit of meat, add some fried off bacon. This is now a regular weekday meal. Also, didn't have hazel nuts so used walnuts, which I particularly like with pasta.... yum!
LindytheCook
18th Oct, 2015
5.05
Really flavoursome, rich and tasty! We were pleasantly surprised. I'll definitely be making this often.
Rhiannon_turney
28th May, 2015
5.05
Really delicious, quick and easy to make! Highly reccommend it, this will definetly be a regular dish in our household!
idan
9th May, 2015
This recipe is quite special and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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