Capering Cauli Pasta
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Ever roasted cauliflower before? Go on, be adventurous. This caper will make your cauli nutty and sweet. Lovely paired with sharp lemon and salty capers.
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of sage
  • A jar of capers
  • A bag of breadcrumbs
  • A bag of penne
From your kitchen
  • A few drizzles of olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • A couple of bowls
  • Baking tray or roasting tin
  • Grater or zester
  • Lemon juicer or fork
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pan with a lid
  • Colander
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Pull the leaves off the cauliflower and break it into smallish florets. Chop the stalks into chunks. Pop in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • 2.

    Spread the cauliflower out on a baking tray or roasting tin. Roast for 35 mins till the cauliflower is tender and a little golden brown.

  • 3.

    While the cauliflower cooks, peel and finely slice the onion. Finely grate or pare the zest from the lemon. Juice it. Pick the leaves off half the sage sprigs. Finely slice them. Rinse the capers.

  • 4.

    Fill a kettle and boil it. Warm a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan. Toast the breadcrumbs for 2 mins till they’re golden. Keep stirring them while they cook. Tip into a bowl.

  • 5.

    Warm a drizzle of oil in the frying pan. Add the onion. Season with salt and pepper. Keep the heat lowish and gently fry the onion for 10-15 mins till they are golden and caramelised.

  • 6.

    Fill a pan with hot water from the kettle. Add a little pinch of salt. Add the penne. Simmer for 8 mins till the pasta is cooked but not too soft. Drain the pasta.

  • 7.

    Add the breadcrumbs, penne, cauliflower, lemon zest and juice, capers and most of the sage to the pan. Give it a stir and warm for 2 mins. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve topped with the remaining sliced sage.

  • Tip

    Sage advice. Finely chop leftover sage leaves and add them to a bowl of softened butter. Stir them together, then pat into a log or round and wrap in cling film. Lovely on mashed into boiled potatoes or roast squashes.