Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower

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This cauliflower pasta recipe was given to me by friends in Sweden. It is one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals and is often requested by friends.


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 2 pints heavy cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) package farfalle pasta
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste


Place cauliflower into a large pot of salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove cauliflower with a strainer, reserving the cooking water in the pot.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and red pepper flakes; saute until browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Add heavy cream; cook until reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the cauliflower cooking water back to a boil. Add farfalle and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

Add tomatoes to the cauliflower sauce; cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese to the cauliflower sauce; cook and stir until melted, about 1 minute more.

Combine pasta and sauce; toss until well coated. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese to serve.

Prep time: 10 mins / Cooking time: 40 mins / Total time: 50 mins

Serving: 8 / Yield: 8 servings

Calories: 789.8

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