Garlic and cumin roasted cauliflower in parsley and chilli pesto pasta (plus giveaway)

29 Oct
Garlic and Cumin roasted cauliflower in parsley and chilli pesto pasta

Garlic and Cumin roasted cauliflower in parsley and chilli pesto pasta

It’s funny how tastes change as grow up.

Back in the day, a weekend in Skegness with chips, rides, candy floss, sand castles and good company was the making of exhilarating times. The smell of fried onions, the smacking of the sea, the sun in our hair and on our backs. Wearing shorts, but skies, seagulls. When my husband and I were a relatively new couple we escaped the pressures of the festive season by going to Scotland. We we young. We stopped by Blackpool of all places and it was so windy, I couldn’t walk in a straight line. I remember mr.bean on a tiny TV with a long aerial in our modest lodging for the night. The simple things.

Then for my 30th we were in an island just off Mauritius that we could walk around within 20mins. The waters were so shallow and still, you could just walk from one end to another. Quiet and scorching, still and stunning. They weren’t wrong when they said, ‘welcome to paradise’. I wasn’t one to stop and stare, I like to keep busy. But on an island as movingly beautiful, it was just instinctive to stop and admire…for a long time. I had flutters in my tummy, it was thrilling. I was making the memories I had imagined for so long.

I remember watching one of my uncles grilling full cloves of garlic on top of toast on one of those old school cookers where the flames would dance on the grill. I remember being utterly repulsed; how DID he eat THAT. I listened to him telling my dad how he ate it every day and how raw garlic was good for the heart, blah blah. They drank karela juice and ate raw mung bean sprouts. What was wrong with my family…surely everyone else’s family ate pizza and certainly not raw garlic?

And now? I’ve tweeted excitedly about roasted garlic with salt and sighing with smiles at the same time. It’s incredibly smooth, sweet and creamy. I love roasting whole bulbs and then squeezing the individual cloves out of their skins. It’s art. It’s so pretty. Surely simple food like this had to be sensual, or is that just taking it too far?

As you may have noticed from my posts, I’m rather fond of pasta. Who doesn’t love it? One of my favourite things about pasta is the versatility; there are just so, so many varieties. This recipe is fresh, garlicky, smooth and easy. I want to know what you think of this recipe and I want to hear about your favourite variety f pasta.

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on this recipe and your fave recipe and be in with a chance of receiving one of these JML twist n choppers which has made my life in the kitchen tidier. closing date 17th November.



One large head f cauliflower cut into 1 inch florets
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and mashed
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
1/4 cup of oil
1tbsp chilli oil or sesame oil and one chilli
75g parsley
2tsp lemon juice
400g pasta

1. Mix the oil, cauliflower, salt and cumin seeds in a large bowl and ensure the cauliflower is well coated
2. Roast the cauliflower in the oven at 180degrees for about 20mins or until it is has browned lightly.
3. In the meantime, cook the packet instructions and make the pesto by grinding together the parsley, chilli oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Add 1tbp water if you struggle to get a smooth pesto.
4. When the cauliflower and pasta are cooked, drain the pasta and mix wth the pasta. Toss the cauliflower into the bowl and ensure they are evenly distributed. Don’t stir it in, just toss it gently,

Serve hot and crisp.

28 Responses to “Garlic and cumin roasted cauliflower in parsley and chilli pesto pasta (plus giveaway)”

  1. Eugenia October 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Hi Deena! A great and very easy recipe! I for sure will try it out!
    My favorite pasta is pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. I have never made my own pesto though. Thus, the recipe above is a great inspiration! 😉

    • Deena Kakaya October 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      Hello Euegenia, thanks for stopping by! It really is a wonderfully full and lively dish to eat and super easy to make.

      Mmm, love your fave dish. I adore sundried tomatoes! If you like the pesto recipe there are two more on my site

      • Dipti October 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

        Hi Deena

        This recipe sounds interesting! I have to say cauliflower is one if my least favourite vegetables & wouldn’t normally think if putting it in pasta but infused with chilli oil & roasted has made me think…plus your pesto recipe sounds tempting too. I particularly like the fact that this pesto doesn’t have pine nuts so I can make it for my husband who can’t eat nuts. Also nice & easy! 🙂

        I too love pasta! A particular favourite in our house is homemade vege lasagne! I also like to make what I call a rosay sauce with tomato & cheese sauce mixed. I love fusilli but to be honest most pastas hit the spot. 🙂


        • Deena Kakaya October 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

          Hi Dipti, great to hear from you!

          Roasted cauliflower is sweet and and takes on a whole new form. It’s lightly crisp too and roasted cauliflower with garlic…oh my goodness!

          This is a really easy recipe to whip up, you are right. You can definitely do it between tending to a little one (that’s what I have had to do!)

          Oh, i love lasagne. When we have visitors sometimes I roast the veg in advance and make the tomato sauce and then put it all together just before they arrive. Can’t go wrong with a good lasagne! Thanks for sharing. X

  2. Joanna October 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Hey Deena just started following your blog this evening and already so many recipes I want to try! I’m really enjoying expeiering with cauliflower at the moment but haven’t yet roasted it so looking forward to making this pasta dish. I also love love love garlic so extra pleased your put 4 cloves into this recipe!

    Thank you! And will let you know how it goes 🙂

    Ps I’d love one of those JML twisters!

    • Deena Kakaya October 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Hi Joanna, thanks so much for stopping by. I’m so glad that you like my recipes and I hope you will let me know if you try them out! The garlic roasted cauliflower is magic…it’s sweet and moist; I just love it. X

  3. Laura October 30, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    This recipe sounds deliciously different. I’ve only recently come to like cauliflower and now I want to try it roasted. My all time favourite pasta is my mums lasagne but my favourite of my own invention is my homemade tomato pasta sauce with bacon in. Simple but that is why it’s good!

    • Deena Kakaya October 30, 2013 at 12:33 am #

      Hello Laura! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Oh please do try roasting cauliflower, it takes a new form!

      There’s nothing like a tomato sauce pasta, my toddler loves it. Thanks for sharing x

  4. Ada ~ More Food, Please October 30, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    This pasta dish sounds delicious! I like the addition of roasted cauliflower–yum!
    It’s hard to choose just one favorite pasta recipe! I think it would have to be a seafood aglio olio (preferably with squid ink pasta).

    • Deena Kakaya October 30, 2013 at 7:45 am #

      Hi Ada, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

      It really is yum, yet such a simple and easy recipe!

      Wow, I’m a veggie but can see that pasta recipe is pretty special x

  5. kellie@foodtoglow October 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I’m awfully fond of roasted garlic too, but in the oven. I take a few whole bulbs and slice off the top and smear with some oil, popping them in with other things that are already in the oven. When I was growing up I would go on wee ‘benders’ where I would only eat one food or type of food for a week and then move onto the next. One week it was roasted garlic on toast. I was NOT popular at school that week! Would love to win the JML choppy thingy. I have just enough room in my gadget drawer to store it. Just.

    • Deena Kakaya October 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Kelly you ate roasted garlic on toast as a kid?! That is very grown up and classy!! Your food-smart mind started early eh?! My boy does the ‘wee bender’ thing…he goes mad on one type of food. We went through the kadhi phase, pizza, pasta and now it’s kidney bean curry!

      Have to say I love sweet roasted garlic with loads of salt. This is a punchy recipe xx

  6. Sally Baker October 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Looks another lovely recipe – minus the garlic as allergic. My fav recipe is a fried tofu & vegetables laska curry with medium width rice noodles

    • Deena Kakaya October 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you Sally! Such a shame to be allergic to garlic 🙁

      I adore laksa, Malaysian food is amongst my fave in the world x

  7. lizzygoodthings October 31, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Deena, please pass me a fork, this is perfect for my lunch today xo

    • Deena Kakaya October 31, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Lizzy, I’d love you at my table for lunch…please bring your pancakes, I’m still thinking about them!! Xx

  8. Javelin Warrior October 31, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    I have roasted garlic a few times for a variety of dishes, but I’ve never done it just to eat before. And I should because it is delicious! This cauliflower with pasta also sounds mighty tasty – I love the color the pesto adds… And as much as I love kitchen gadgets, I really have too many so please don’t include me in the giveaway drawing (maybe Kellie will win)…

    • Deena Kakaya October 31, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      Hello Mark, I hope you’ll try this recipe out…it’s simple, but definitely Mighty!! I was picking garlic and salt off the baking sheet…mmmm…xxx

  9. Lisa October 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Sounds delicious and easy too. I also have a request. You must share your lasagna with samosa filling with me! I must try it.

    • Deena Kakaya October 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Hello lovely Lisa! I’m so glad you like my easy and punchy recipe! I’d love to share my lasagne recipe with you.,not on your challenge I assume? Xx

      • Lisa October 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

        The challenge is over, yes, but I’m most eager to find out about your recipe. I am guessing it is not documented here on your site? You may email it to me if you get a chance, or make it and post it and email me when it is up for viewing. xo

        • Deena Kakaya October 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

          Ok cool, it’s not documented. It’s basic, comforting and scrummy! The simple things eh? I will definitely get it to you in some shape it form! Xx

  10. Veggie Reviews October 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Fantastic recipe, love parsley as a herb so I will try it for sure. Tabbouleh is one of my favourites. What about an Indian tabbouleh, would love some ideas Deena!

    • Deena Kakaya October 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Veggie reviews, I think you are on to something there!! X

  11. ritavegas November 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I love pasta and this combination is wonderful!! Very clever idea Deena! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Hi Rita, great to hear from you! I’m so glad you like it, I hope you’ll try it xx


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