Cauliflower Sauce with Farfalle Pasta and a PTC Salad:

It’s pasta time husband and I both like Pasta so it never is a bother for me to make some when we want some! :) This dish is very healthy and the sauce made from cauliflower is not only tasty but minus all the fat and heart breaking calories!

The original recipe calls for Whole Wheat Penne pasta, since I’ve already made something with Penne, I thought I’d try this with a different pasta. Also I don’t want it to be too healthy (you know what I mean!) For those who want it that way, by all means go ahead and substitute Farfalle with Whole Wheat Penne pasta.

You will need:

1 ½ cups Farfalle (Bow shaped pasta)
Salt for the pasta water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 head cauliflower, stem removed and chopped

1 tsp Crushed red chilli flakes
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tsps Dried Oregano
3/4 cup grated Parmesan ( use as much or less as you want)
Salt and black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water generously( this is the only chance you get to actually salt the pasta itself, so don't go shy on the salt) and add pasta and let cook for 8-12 minutes. Drain and reserve 1-2 ladles of pasta water.

While water is coming up to a boil and pasta cooks, make the sauce. Heat a deep pan over medium heat with extra-virgin olive oil. Add crushed chilli flakes and garlic, cook 3 minutes. Add onions and cook 5 minutes then add cauliflower, vegetable stock and the oregano. Cover the pan and cook 15 minutes. Uncover the sauce, add 1 to 2 ladles of pasta water and mash the cauliflower with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add the pasta and cheese to the cauliflower and toss to combine. Season the dish with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.

Potato, Tomato and Corn Salad (PTC Salad)

My last trip to the IFM and I came back armed with a huge box of grape tomatoes. Silly me, I ate a few when I got them and then totally forgot about them…poor grape tomatoes were lost in the realms of my refrigerator! I finally came upon them and hence this salad.

You will need:

4 baby red potatoes, scrubbed
1 ear of corn (or ¾ cup corn niblets)
1cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsps Ranch dressing (store-bought)

1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper powder

Boil potatoes and keep aside. Cut corn ears in half and cook in the same boiling water for 5 minutes until tender but not soft. Remove the cooled potatoes and let drain. Immerse corn in the same ice bath until cool. Cube the potatoes and place in a bowl.

Remove corn from water and also let drain. Use a chef's knife to cut the kernels off each ear. Add kernels and grape tomatoes. Take ranch dressing in a small bowl. Add lime juice, salt, pepper and slowly drizzle the olive oil while you stir to make a vinaigrette. Pour over veggies and give a quick toss. Serve immediately.


  1. lovely pasta recipe..

  2. Loved the pasta, never tried the combination with cauliflower, but I bet it must be tasting delicious!

  3. Aha! That's what PTC is!:))
    Looks yum. We had Pasta on Saturday.Yesterday, cooked and cooked for RCI and Dasara in that order!:D

  4. When i saw PTC salade i was thinking wht kind of salade is that. Now i know. Pasta looks delicious

  5. wow...yummy pasta recipe Nams.......Liked it absolutely :-)

  6. hmmm...can i trust you on the cauliflower? seriously - i want to give this try but only if you guarantee :)

  7. Pasta looks very creamy because of the cauliflower... how did that combination taste?

  8. Thanks smn:)

    It sure was delicious Cinnamon, I love cauliflower and I must say this is my next best dish after Gobi Manchuri..hehe!

    Hehe, ya that's PTC salad..suspense till the end :-D

  9. ;-) Now you know Happy! :)

    Thanks Sirisha, do try it, it tastes very different.

    Take my word on it Lakshmi dear, it tastes great! Salt generously,add more chilli flakes and use pasta water as required(you don't have to use 1 or 2 full ladles) will have one fabulous tasting dish for sure! :)

  10. It was absolutely great Lavaanya, I was skeptical too before making it, and after it was regrets whatsoever, will surely make it over and over:)

  11. i hear you on the healthy but not too healthy part ;) the pasta and salad look great

  12. Cauliflower sauce...that sounds so good! The salad looks great!

  13. Hehe..I knew you would agree with me Rajitha:) Thanks!

    Thanks Meeso,try the pasta, really tasty and different.

  14. That is an interesting choice of ingredients. Never tried a cauliflower sauce for pasta before. The bow-tie pasta are really cute, aren't they?

  15. You should try the cauliflower sauce TBC, it rocks! :) Oh the bow tie pasta, can just look at them all day and not eat them..hehe!

  16. Wow you are posting different recipies from the usual things...!!
    Really admiring for this...:))Like your Pasta with cauliflower...Have to try it for sure and the PTC salad looks colourful..!!Thanx so much for sharing the recipes..:))


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