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
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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.
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.
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.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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