One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta - Slender Kitchen

One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta

By Kristen Mccaffrey
adapted from:
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(9 PointsPlus®)

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This One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta has all the flavors of your favorite piccata dish in a quick and easy meatless meal.

I have always loved the flavors of piccata with the lemon, butter, and salty capers but sometimes I just don't have it in me to pound out the chicken or eggplant, bread everything, lightly fry it, and make the sauce. Even though its a fairly quick meal, it's pretty labor intensive. So lately I have been experimenting with bringing the flavors or piccata to a quick and easy pasta dish like this One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta. Everything is cooked in one pot and the starch from the pasta water creates a creamy sauce when combined with the Parmesan cheese. The capers and lemon bring the bright and salty flavors you expect out of a traditional piccata dish and the parsley brings some freshness. You could also add chicken breast or chicken thighs, just brown chunks of chicken with the garlic and shallot and let the chicken cook with pasta. Easy and delicious.

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  • 1 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
  • 3 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 U shallot, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz. high fiber pasta
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 U lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301
Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 1 681mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 5g
Protein 13g


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the garlic, shallot, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the pasta, cauliflower, vegetable broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the pot and bring it to a boil. Cook for 10-12 minutes until pasta is fully cooked, cauliflower is tender, and the remaining liqui becomes thick and saucy. If needed, add extra vegetable broth to thin out the sauce so the pasta doesn't stick.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the capers and Parmesan cheese. Once the cheese melts, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper if needed.
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