Spaghetti with roast cauliflower pesto

Spaghetti with roast cauliflower pesto
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, oven time 10-15 min

Try an alternative to traditional pesto with this quick spaghetti recipe – using roast cauliflower, hazelnuts and anchovy fillets.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
840kcals
Fat
47.1g (7.7g saturated)
Protein
26.1g
Carbohydrates
79g (9.6g sugars)
Fibre
10.5g
Salt
0.5g
Calories
840kcals
Fat
47.1g (7.7g saturated)
Protein
26.1g
Carbohydrates
79g (9.6g sugars)
Fibre
10.5g
Salt
0.5g

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower, sliced into florets
  • 150ml light olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 30g blanched hazelnuts
  • 30g grated parmesan, plus extra
  • Large bunch fresh basil
  • 4 drained anchovy fillets
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 400g spaghetti

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 210°C/fan190°C/gas 6 ½. Slice a large cauliflower into florets, then toss with a good splash of olive oil and hazelnuts. Roast for 10-15 minutes until the nuts are golden and the cauliflower is starting to char.
  2. Remove from the oven and season well. Cool slightly, then whizz all but a few florets in a food processor with 30g grated parmesan, a large bunch of fresh basil, anchovy fillets in oil and 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil until finely ground. Slowly pulse in 150ml light olive oil to give a loose paste. Season, then add a grating of lemon zest and a squeeze of juice.
  3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook 400g spaghetti until al dente. Drain, toss with the pesto, then serve topped with the reserved florets, extra parmesan, lemon zest and basil leaves.

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  1. I love this recipe because… it incorporates traditional ingredients in an exciting new way! It looks so tasty and above all, fairly easy to create <3

  2. I love this recipe because … The char toasted cauliflower and hazelnuts with gorgeous anchovy makes this a delicious hidden protein fuelled meal. Absolutely delicious and the oven roasting process of charring with lashings of virgin olive oil makes this a pretty simple recipe to prepare.

  3. I love this recipe because the char toasted cauliflower and hazelnuts with gorgeous anchovy makes this a delicious hidden protein fuelled meal. Absolutely delicious and the oven roasting process of charring with lashings of virgin olive oil makes this a pretty simple recipe to prepare.

  4. I love this recipe because… i’m always looking for interesting different dishes to make for my vegetarian friend and us on a meat free evening

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