Wednesday, April 1, 2009

here is another one

Serves 4 to 6.

1 pound tagliatelle
table salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 head cauliflower (about 2 1/2 pounds), cut into 3/4-inch florets (about 6 cups)
ground black pepper
1/2 medium red onion , chopped fine (about 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (one 8 1/2-ounce jar) drained, rinsed, patted dry, cut into thin strips
1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus additional for serving)
1/4 cups pine nuts , toasted in small dry skillet over medium-low heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes


1. Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil, covered, in stockpot. Stir in pasta and 1 tablespoon salt; cook until al dente. Drain and return pasta to stockpot.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil, and 1 tablespoon butter in 12-inch skillet over high heat; when foaming subsides, stir in cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add 1/3 cup water and cover; cook until caulifower is tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until water has evaporated and cauliflower is golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate and set aside.

3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and onion to now-empty skillet, set skillet over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 4 minutes. Add cream, thyme, and sun-dried tomatoes and bring to simmer; off heat, skim off any foam on surface. Stir in cauliflower and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

4. Add cauliflower mixture, balsamic vinegar, parsley, and Parmesan to pasta in pot and toss to combine. Serve immediately, sprinkling individual bowls with pine nuts and additional Parmesan.

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