Cauliflower, Pancetta & Olive Spaghetti

Cauliflower, Pancetta & Olive Spaghetti

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2016

Don't ditch your pasta-cooking water! The flavorful liquid retains a touch of the pasta's starch, which helps your sauce cling to the pasta in this healthy pasta recipe.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups finely chopped cauliflower
  • ¼ cup diced pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • 8 pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Cook pasta for 1 minute less than the package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook cauliflower and pancetta, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in wine, increase heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in peppers, olives and butter. Add the pasta along with the reserved cooking water; simmer until the water is almost evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1⅔ cups
  • Per serving: 372 calories; 12 g fat(4 g sat); 9 g fiber; 51 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 81 mcg folate; 14 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 637 IU vitamin A; 49 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 519 mg sodium; 310 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (82% daily value), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1½ fat

Reviews 1

August 30, 2017
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By: Amy Windland
I liked it, kid is eating seconds as I type. I did omit the olives (we don't like them), added mushrooms, and I did extra Pancetta and garlic. I had a whoops and forgot the wine till the end, which was fine, splashed it in there and let it cook out for a min or two. I would make this again may add some red pepper flakes to jazz it up a little.
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