Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Pasta

What’s your favorite pasta dish?  I know, I know… that’s a difficult question right?  There’s so many that are good!  I could never pick one, but this recipe is definitely one of my favorites.  Not only is it incredibly delicious, but it’s easy to make as well!

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!

Can I tell you a little story?  I’m so glad that this meal came together without incident… because the meal before this one…. ohhhhh man.  We were having burgers, and in a stroke of genius I thought, “hey, I’ll do a Smashburger copycat!“.  Do you guys have Smashburger where you are?  It. Is. So. Good!  Basically it’s exactly what it sounds like, a smashed burger.  You want a crispy, caramelized crust.  Here’s a great description and tutorial from Serious Eats!

Okay, so here’s the situation.  It was cold out, so I figured I’d use my cast iron griddle/grill pan…. all good so far right?  Wrong.  I guess the last time I used the grill side, there was some excess grease that didn’t get all the way cleaned off.  So when I laid that side down over two gas burners on high… yeahhhhhh there was a grease fire underneath my pan.  Smoke filled the house, smoke detectors went off…. cooking FAIL!  A bit embarrassing to say the least lol.  I mean, I’m supposed to be good at this you guys, not set off the smoke detectors (facepalm).

Oh well, all in all, at least the burgers were good 😉  So I was soooooo ready for a nice, easy, smoke-less meal!

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!This recipe uses my favorite method for cooking vegetables, roasting!  While it does take about 30 minutes, it’s SO worth the flavor.  Plus, you can start bringing your pasta water up to a boil while the veggies are in the oven.

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!

The rest of the pasta dish comes together quickly, as it’s a carbonara pasta.  Saute some pancetta (or bacon, for a smokier flavor) in a large skillet, until it’s crispy.  Drain off most of the grease and remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon.  Add your garlic and shallots and saute about a minute or so.  Turn off the heat.

While your pancetta was cooking, you’ll want to have already mixed up your sauce (cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, red pepper and parsley) ahead of time, and drained your cooked pasta, but be sure to reserve about a cup or so of the cooking water!

Temper your sauce by adding a splash of the pasta water and stirring it.  This ensures that when you add your egg sauce to the warm pan, the eggs don’t scramble.  Pour your tempered sauce into the pan, add in your roasted veggies, sauteed pancetta, and cooked pasta.  Stir it all together, adding some pasta water as needed to get a creamy texture.

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!And that’s it!  In just about 30 minutes or so, you can be eating a restaurant quality pasta dish, at home 🙂

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!This pasta would be awesome with a nice Caesar salad, and some crusty artisan bread.  Although it’s hearty enough to serve by itself for an easy meal.

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!Like I mentioned earlier, you could add some chicken to this if you’d like.  Just saute some chicken breasts or tenders in the reserved pancetta grease, slice, and add in with the rest of the sauce.  You could also use some leftover chicken, like maybe from some chicken caprese!

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!

I know you’ll love this dish… the flavor of the roasted cauliflower and mushrooms is just incredible!  It elevates a normal pasta dish to gourmet levels 🙂

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!

I found this recipe over at Closet Cooking, there’s a lot of wonderful recipes on Kevin’s site.

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Switch up your pasta routine with this easy vegetarian roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!
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Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Pasta
4 servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Switch up your pasta routine with this easy roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta... hearty and satisfying!

Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 8 oz cremini or baby bella mushrooms quartered
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fettuccine linguine (or any pasta you'd like)
  • 4 oz pancetta diced (or bacon)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium shallot minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt black pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Add the cauliflower and quartered mushrooms to a mixing bowl, drizzle in the oil, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Spread out onto the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  3. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
  4. Cook the pancetta in a large skillet, remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate and pour off most of the grease.
  5. While the pancetta is cooking, in a mixing bowl, add the cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley. Stir to combine and set aside.
  6. Add the garlic and shallots and cook for 1 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  7. Drain the pasta, be sure to reserve about 1 cup of the cooking water.
  8. Temper your egg sauce by adding a splash of the pasta cooking water and stirring. Then add the sauce, roasted cauliflower and mushrooms, pancetta and drained pasta to the skillet.
  9. Toss to combine, stirring in some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed, until creamy in texture.
  10. Serve with a Caesar salad or crusty artisan bread if desired.
Recipe Notes

** To lessen your kitchen time, start bringing your pasta water up to a boil when the cauliflower and mushrooms are in the oven.

** This recipe is easily doubled if you'd like more than a 1/2 lb of pasta

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38 comments on “Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Pasta”

  1. This is one of THE BEST pasta dishes we’ve had in a long time! YUM! Thank you!

  2. I totally LOVE roast cauliflower and am always looking for great meatless meals to add to our repertoire. This pasta is fabulous! I am featuring you over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We would love for you to join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.

    P.S. Our fire alarm is so sensitive it goes off while sauteeing. We joke around that it’s the dinner bell, LOL.

  3. That looks so gooood!! Seriously, I’ve been eating so much cauliflower lately but not once in a pasta dish! What’s wrong with me?! This is obviously the best way to enjoy cauliflowers! 😀

  4. We will love your Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Pasta! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This is a feast to my vegetarian eyes! Love it 😀

  6. This is my kind of dinner! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  7. Your dish is making me hungry for some pasta!

  8. I love the look and sound of this, so simple yet so flavorful and fancy!

  9. This looks incredible! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  10. This looks so delicious. I love roasting veggies, too. Especially cauliflower. It’s the only way I can get my kids to eat it, lol

  11. This looks delicious Amanda! I love roasted veggies. My hubby thinks he doesn’t like cauliflower but this might just change his mind! Thank you so much for co-hosting FF this week!

    • Thank you Julie!! Yeah you might be able to convince him with this one, especially if you cut the cauliflower up into smaller florets before roasting them, hehe 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one who tries to convince their hubby that they do actually like foods 😛

  12. Roasting is my favorite way to cook veggies too. It brings out all of those natural flavors! Great recipe Amanda – sorry you almost had a “fire”. Looking forward to co-hosting with you 🙂

    • Thank you Judi! I love roasting veggies for the flavor, as well as the low maintenance cooking 🙂 Live and learn on the almost fire… when the hubby says he’s cleaned the pan… always double check 😛 Excited to be co-hosting with you as well!

  13. I happened to see your recipe over at adishofdailylife.com, so I thought this looks so awesome, I want to get a closer look. I am glad I did. I would definitely love to make this after seeing your awesome photos and the ingredients.
    Heidy

  14. this looks amazing! thanks for sharing! ♥

  15. Oh this looks delicious! I love making different types of pastas, but I have never thought to add cauliflower! I’m not sure why. Your pictures are wonderful. Pinning!

  16. Yum! What a great splurge meal!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  17. Too funny. The two links I clicked on tonight, at Totally Talented Tuesday, was yours and CincyShopper. Both by chance. LOL. Thanks for the email over the weekend. I will get back to you tomorrow if you don’t mind. I have some questions. :)))

  18. This looks awesome, Amanda!

  19. This look SOOOOO good!!!! Daahhh! My favorite pasta is your chicken piccata, and I still haven’t tried the recipe! I just know it’s my favorite – those pics are wayyyy too delicious looking. We don’t have a smashburger near us but your story totally made me laugh, I got some mental images! LOL- hey at least you tried! 😉

    • Thank youuuuu girl!! I’m actually trying your Swedish Meatballs tomorrow night… as soon as J saw them on facebook he put it on the “must make NOW” list lol 🙂 Hahaha, yeah those burgers were a cooking process fail of epic proportions! They tasted good, but man… I felt like an idiot lol 🙂