Sunday, January 29, 2012

Recipe: Penne and Cauliflower with Mustard Breadcrumbs

8 ounces penne rigate (2 1/2 cups)
5 cups small cauliflower florets
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs made from crustless country-style bread
3/4 cup (packed) freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus additional (for serving)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cauliflower.

Cook until cauliflower is tender and pasta is tender but firm to bite, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

Drain pasta and cauliflower, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Return pasta and cauliflower to pot.

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Whisk in Dijon mustard.

Add breadcrumbs.

Cook until breadcrums are golden and crisp, stirring to break up clumps, 7 to 8 minutes.

Transfer breadcrumbs to medium bowl.

Add 3/4 cup grated Parmesan, cream, lemon peel, and 1/2 cup cooking liquid to pasta mixture in pot.

Toss over medium heat until sauce simmers and coats pasta, 2 to 3 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to wide shallow bowl.

Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese alongside.

Makes 4 servings.

To make fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs, cut off the crust from country-style bread. Tear the bread into two-inch pieces and grind in the food processor until the breadcrumbs resemble very coarse sand.

Recipe came from an unidentified magazine
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