Cauliflower-Feta Pasta Bake

March 2009
Cauliflower-Feta Pasta Bake

by 10 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 40 mins

Bake: 10 mins

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups pitted kalamata olives, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 1/4 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring halfway through, until browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees .
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta and cooking water to the pot and stir in the crushed tomatoes, feta, olives, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and half each of the parsley and bread crumbs.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish; top with the roasted cauliflower and remaining bread crumbs. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining parsley on top.
Tip For a change
  • Stir in 1/2 pound crumbled cooked sausage before baking.