Spaghetti with Cauliflower Pesto
Most of you already know who she is.
If you follow food blogs or cook, you know who she is. Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen. She cooks in a tiny kitchen in NYC. She writes and speaks with ease and is freaking brilliant in the kitchen. Deb can even make a casserole look deliciously good. Good, like, I want a big piece of that casserole right now! And I don’t know anyone else who can.
I have the cookbook and was so overwhelmed with all the wonderful recipes and somehow skipped over Deb’s Cauliflower Pesto. Fortunately, my dear and brilliant friend Paula made it and blogged about it here: Vintage Kitchen’s version (uh, yum!) and I immediately added this recipe to my “must make immediately” list.
Fast forward five months or so. . and I have finally gotten around to trying this. The Cauliflower Pesto from Smitten Kitchen.
This pesto is insanely good. I wasn’t going to post anything since I did nothing really (except made a few different choices with the ingredients) and just followed Deb’s recipe. . but I am sharing this to urge everyone to try this recipe. It’s that good. And it’s freaking easy to make. You just need a food processor.
A few things to note:
I used pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes from a jar packed with olive oil (not dried) and Parmigiano-Reggiano because I love it so much. I actually preferred this pesto warmed up a little and, next time, will try roasting the cauliflower and then chopping it up into tiny bits. . probably won’t look as pretty and will change the texture but I’m going to try it.
Neither of my kids really liked this (they are young and foolish and it was probably too hard to pick out the green stuff) so after giving some of this to my friend Victoria to take home, I still had a good amount left over so toasted some bread and made some crostini. Absolutely delicious.
Delicious, like, if I had to eat this stuff for a week straight and nothing else, I totally would.
RECIPE is published here. Let me know if you try this pesto! I made a huge batch of this for my husband to enjoy this weekend while I am having fun at my first food blogger’s conference. He’s going to be thrilled. Just like he was thrilled about Meatless Mondays.