FANCY Italian Dinner

Have you tried or seen this beautiful plant called Romanesco?

“Romanesco broccoli, a beautiful lime-green vegetable with a dense, heavy head covered in spiraling points, is widely grown in Italy and is starting to show up in more farmers’ markets here. Unlike its close cousin the cauliflower, it doesn’t have a sulfurous taste; instead, its flavor is mild and gently sweet.”
Sunset.com

And for those who has it on their fridge or are willing to get it, here it is an amazing delicious recipe which I cooked myself already.
It had a successful ending on both presentation and taste.
I hope you enjoy it! Yaay!

Serves 6
Total Time 30min

INGREDIENTS
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil; plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoons drained capers, patted dry, divided
Kosher salt
½ medium romanesco or cauliflower, cored, cut into small florets
8 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
½ cup dry white wine
12 ounces lumaconi (snail shells) or other medium shell pasta
2 ounces aged Asiago cheese or Pecorino, finely grated
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

RECIPE PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 425°. Cook almonds, ¼ cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. capers in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until capers burst and almonds are golden brown and smell toasty, about 5 minutes. Transfer almonds and capers with a slotted spoon to a small bowl; season with salt. Let cool. Toss romanesco with oil from saucepan on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt. Roast, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and tender, 20–25 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high. Add garlic, ½ tsp. red pepper flakes, and remaining 1 Tbsp. capers and cook, stirring often, until garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Add wine and cook until liquid is almost completely evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 3 minutes less than package directions.

Using a spider or a slotted spoon, transfer pasta to pot with garlic; add 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Reduce heat to medium and cook, tossing often, until pasta is al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Add ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid, then gradually add cheese, tossing until melted and dissolved into a luxurious, glossy sauce. Remove from heat; add butter and toss to combine. Toss in romanesco.

Divide pasta among bowls. Top with fried almonds and capers and more red pepper flakes and drizzle with oil.

And remember: keep an eye on your food, consult a nutritionist if necessary and listen to your body, who is always communicating with you.

Flavia Grohmann

Reference
https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pasta-with-roasted-romanesco-and-capers
https://www.sunset.com/recipe/romanesco-broccoli-almond-pasta

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