Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Green Beans {Orecchiette con Cavolfiore e Fagiolini}

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You can stop by my house most days of the week and find me either baking or making pasta. Most days I am probably doing both. Pasta is something we can all agree on over here and you may find it hard to believe my kids love pasta with cauliflower. They really love it.

If you are a die-hard reader of my blog you may be protesting saying, “This looks just like the other orecchiette dish you posted?!?” You may not remember (I didn’t remember) but my husband did, “You posted an orecchiette dish before, right?” 
But I explained to him that this cauliflower pasta dish is different and that other post was way back in September. Surely enough time has passed to post another incredible cauliflower pasta dish. Plus, this one has green beans in it. 
Bear with my slight cauliflower crush.
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Don’t roll your eyes and wrinkle your noses. What do you mean you don’t have a crush on cauliflowers?!?;) Do you know how good they are for you and their taste is so mild. I bet you could even get your kids to try them in an irresistible pasta dish like this one. I dare you to try!

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This month’s #love blog hop theme is pasta!  Please join in on the #pastalove fun by linking up any pasta recipe (sweet or savory) from the month of May 2012. Be sure to link back to this post so that readers know to come back to this #pastalove event.

You could also follow the #pastalove fun on twitter!

Check out all my fabulous co-hosts and see what they made:

ASTIG Vegan ~ Richgail ~  @astigvegan
Badger Girl Learns to Cook ~ Kimberly ~ @BdgrGrl
BigFatBaker ~ Erin ~ @BigFatBaker
Bon a croquer ~ Valerie ~ @Valouth
Cake Duchess ~ Lora ~ @cakeduchess
Elephant Eats ~ Amy
Hobby And More ~ Richa ~ @betit19
Mis Pensamientos ~ Junia ~ @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ TR ~ @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose
Rico sin Azucar ~ Helena ~ @ricosinazucar
Simply Reem ~ Reem ~ @simplyreem
Soni’s Food for Thought ~ Soni ~ @sonisfood
Teaspoon of Spice ~ Deanna ~ @tspbasil
That Skinny Chick Can Bake ~ Liz ~ @Thatskinnychick
The Spicy RD ~ EA ~ @thespicyrd
The Wimpy Vegetarian ~ Susan ~ @wimpyvegetarian
Vegan Yack Attack! ~ Jackie ~ @veganyackattack
Vegetarian Mamma ~ Cindy ~ @VegetarianMamma
You Made That? ~ Suzanne ~ @YouMadeThatblog

Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Green Beans {Orecchiette con Cavolfiore e Fagiolini}

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1 head cauliflower, cored, cut into florets
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra as needed
1 small onion, diced
Parmigiano Reggiano, for grating (or whatever cheese you like for your pasta)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 6-quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. When the water comes to a boil, add the green beans and blanch until they turn bright green and are tender (approximately 10 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, remove the beans and place in a colander. Run cold water over the beans for a minute to keep them from cooking any more. Set the beans aside. Add the pasta into the same boiling water cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. 
Divide the cauliflower into florets. Bring a medium sauce pan filled with a little bit of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower on top of your steamer and let the cauliflower simmer covered. Steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes.  
While the cauliflower is steaming, sauté’ the onion.  Remove the cauliflower from the steamer and pulse a few times in a food processor. You could also mash the cauliflower with a potato masher. 
In a large bowl, add the green beans, sautéed onion and mix together. Drain the pasta (reserving about a 1/2 cup of the pasta water) and add to the cauliflower mixture. If needed, add some of the reserved pasta water and a little more extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle on some grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.  

Buon Appetito! Hope you are having a super weekend.

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