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This was so good! We didn’t have bacon at home, so added some chicken sausage instead. We will definitely be making it again– even the three year old gobbled it up. Thank you!!
I’m a little confused… Do I add the “Stir in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, the parsley and thyme. Set aside.” to the breadcrumbs or to the pan? Also, how do I put it all together? Do I just add everything together?
Hi, Megan! Yes, your “stir in” instruction is for the breadcrumbs — you stir these ingredients into the breadcrumbs after transferring them to the bowl. Assembly instructions are in the last step (Step 7) — you stir together the bacon, onions, cauliflower, pasta, lemon zest, and grated Parmesan, and then sprinkle the breadcrumbs over top. Enjoy!
We made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious…a little time consuming but it was our first try and am sure the more we make this dish the less time consuming it will be and I know that we will in fact go back to this as one of our favourite….it was scrumptious.
This is so delicious. My family loves it. It’s become a regular in our dinner rotations.
Elise, this is the best pasta recipe I’ve ever had!!! Love it – the mixture of salty (bacon) & sweet (red onions) is amazing!
I’m so glad you like it Katie!
Elise. Any idea of the nutritional values of this. I am trying to cut down on my intake and wonder what the Fat/Carbs/Fiber and Protein comes to per serving. I like this recipe and now that my wife will eat Cauliflower the bacon will be right up her alley. Yes, I want to plug it into Weight watchers
Hi Peter, sorry I do not! I’m sure there are some online services for figuring it out if you just Google it though.
If cauliflower is the new kale, I think that calls for a serious party. I love cauliflower with a passion – always have and always will – in a way I could never love kale. (Sorry, kale lovers!). And this one has cheese and bacon!!! Definitely going on my to-make list! Meantime, here’s my own favorite cauliflower recipe – whipped cauliflower, which I promise – promise! – is even better than mashed potatoes. :)
You reserved a cup of pasta water but I don’t see it added in the recipe. Do you add it with the pasta. lemon and parmesan? This looks delicious…love cauliflower!
Hi Sharon, yes! Thanks for the reminder. You just add some of it at the end if the dish is looking a little dry.
Beautiful pictures. Can I use another type of cheese instead of Parmesan
If you don’t care to cook the pasta, you could also cook some potatoes in the leftover bacon fat, and toss them with the cauliflower. Or just use two cans of drained and rinsed cannellini beans.
I love me some cauliflower. Raw, roasted, steamed, any way I can get it, but I wonder – I have some broccoli in the fridge that needs to be used. Might try this recipe but just swap broccoli for cauliflower. Maybe adjust the saute time a bit. Do up some Italian sausage or brats on the grill and add a tossed salad – quick & easy meal!
I don’t get it… Why am I cooking the cauliflower in olive oil when there’s all that nice bacon fat sitting there?
If you have enough bacon fat rendered then you may not need to add olive oil.
Can’t wait to try this – YUM! For a delicious & mindless way to prepare cauliflower on weeknights, I love to simply roast it with a splash of olive oil and a bit of kosher salt until it’s nicely caramelized. Bonus: kids love it prepared this way.
Yum! This is my kind of meal. I love cauliflower roasted with fennel seeds.
I love cauliflower and it is amazing how it has taken so long for it to become popular but I guess it’s more or less the same here in the Netherlands where people are rediscovering cauliflower, I think in part due to the paleo hype.. I love it in dishes like yours but also in soup or as couscous/rice quickly baked. It’s so versatile!
What about the Bacon grease that was saved?
Hi Jonney, thanks for your question! I clarified it in the recipe.