Bagna Cauda Cauliflower Pasta

Bagna Cauda Cauliflower Pasta
  • 6Servings


  • 2 heads (about 24 cloves) hard-neck or purple garlic, separated into cloves with the skin on
  • Fine sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound egg tagliatelle or fettuccine pasta
  • 1 large head white, purple or yellow cauliflower, cored
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 20 flat anchovy fillets (from two 2-oz. tins or one 4-oz. jar)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a small saucepan of salted water, simmer the garlic for 20 minutes. Drain and let cool, then peel and mash into a paste; season with sea salt.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.

While the pasta is working, place the cauliflower in a medium pot or dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid. Add 1 inch water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain and separate into small florets.

In a medium saucepan, heat the EVOO over medium heat. Add the anchovies and stir until they melt into the oil. Add the butter, cream and garlic paste; season with salt and pepper. Stir until it thickens.

Toss the pasta with the cauliflower, cream sauce and half of the parsley. Top with the remaining parsley.