Pasta with Cauliflower Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Pasta with Cauliflower Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Pasta with Cauliflower is a perfect example of an American-Italian cream sauce pasta. The savory, cheesy sauce covers the noodles and cauliflower perfectly. The best noodles to use are the kinds that will absorb, store, or scoop the sauce. Featured in the picture is Campanelle, but Cavatelli or shells work great too. This savory cheesy pasta is sure to delight, even the pickiest eaters.

Tasting Guidelines
Taste is savory.
Weight is medium.
Texture is soft.
Best categorized as American-Italian.

1 lb. large shell or cavatelli noodles, cooked
1 cauliflower head, chopped into bite size pieces
8 oz. Portabella mushrooms, sliced thin
4 tbsp. butter, margarine, or olive oil
3 tbsp. all purpose flour
2 c. whole milk
1 c. Parmesan, grated

Flavor Balancers
Kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar, granulated

2 tbsp. garlic, minced

Recipe Directions
Cook your pasta and set to the side. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt. When butter is melted; add garlic and mushrooms. In a large sauce pan, steam cauliflower until fork tender. When mushrooms and garlic have lightly browned, stir in flour and cook until flour has been fully mixed.

Add whole milk and flavor balancers to form body of sauce. Allow to simmer 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened and all ingredients have homogenized. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and your drained, steamed cauliflower. Toss sauce and pasta together and enjoy.

Chef Tips
Make sure to drain your cauliflower thoroughly, or else your sauce will turn out thin and runny. The key to making this absolutely perfect is to get the sauce into the cauliflower and into the pasta crevasses. This ensures a cheesy, savory, and most importantly consistent end product.

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About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.