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Carla Lalli Music’s Spaghetti with Melted Cauliflower Sauce

4 servings

In this humble pasta sauce, an extended sauna in olive oil and garlic transforms cauliflower from crisp and peppery to soft and sweet. If the cauliflower you bought is substantially larger than 1 pound, lop off a piece first so the ratio of vegetable to noodle isn’t out of whack.

1 small head cauliflower (about 1 pound)
1 large shallot
6 garlic cloves
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt; freshly ground pepper
4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
1 teaspoon mild chile flakes, such as Aleppo pepper
1 pound spaghetti
½ cup grated Parmigiano, plus more for serving
1 lemon

Trim the base of the cauliflower but don’t core it. Snap off the outermost leaves from the base, leaving the pale green inner ones. Roughly chop the cauliflower. Transfer cauliflower to a food processor and pulse into pieces no bigger than ½ inch (some bits will be smaller). Finely chop the shallot. Thinly slice the garlic.

Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot with a lid over medium. Add the shallot and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the garlic is translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the anchovies and cook, stirring, until they disintegrate, 1 minute more. Add the cauliflower and season with the chile flakes plus more salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the cauliflower is coated in oil and starting to sweat, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low, cover the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and essentially rendered to very tasty mush, 30 to 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. When cauliflower is almost done, cook the spaghetti, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, 3 to 4 minutes less than the time indicated on the package (it will finish cooking in the sauce). Using tongs or a mesh spider, transfer pasta to the pot with cauliflower sauce, along with about 1 cup pasta cooking liquid (or scoop out about 2 cups of the pasta liquid, then drain pasta in a colander). Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, stirring and tossing pasta into sauce as you gradually add ½ cup Parm. Cook, tossing and adding more pasta liquid as needed, until the spaghetti is very al dente and sauce has thickened enough to generously coat the pasta, 3 to 4 minutes. Halve lemon and squeeze juice into pot and stir to combine. Serve pasta with more Parm at the table.

From the Market
Cauliflower
Shallot
Spin It
Romanesco is an excellent sub for cauliflower; or use broccoli
In summer, try this with zucchini in place of cauliflower; it might take longer to cook because of its water content.
Half a small onion can replace the shallot
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At Home
Garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Anchovies
Mild chile flakes
Spaghetti
Parmigiano
Lemon
Spin It
Omit the anchovies if you prefer; or season with fish sauce toward the end of cooking.
Use bucatini instead of spaghetti, or a short tubular pasta, such as mezze rigatoni, or something twisted, like fusilli or gemelli

Reprinted from That Sounds So Good by Carla Lalli Music. Copyright © 2021 by Carla Lalli Music. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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