Cauliflower & Lemon Pasta

Cauliflower & Lemon Pasta

Roasted Cauliflower & Lemon Pasta is one of the EASIEST dishes to make for a quick dinner. Roasting the Cauliflower is not a necessity, but it gives a great caramelization to the dish. I love the FRESHNESS of this dish with the Lemon and Fresh Parsley. The capers add that extra burst of unexpected saltiness. EASY Roasted Cauliflower & Lemon Orecchiette Pasta is one of my FAVORITE go-to WEEKNIGHT recipe dishes.


EASY Roasted Cauliflower & Lemon Pasta

Serves 4 – 6


1 lb Orecchiette Pasta, cooked


1 Head Cauliflower, florets separated

Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper to coat


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

½ Onion, finely dice

4 Garlic Cloves, minced

½ – 1 Cup Pasta Water

½ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

1 Lemon, juice and zest

2 Tablespoons Butter

1 Tablespoons Capers

¼ – ½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Fresh Parsley, chopped


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

  1. Place cauliflower florets on a baking sheet, and drizzle with enough olive oil to coat cauliflower and salt. Bake for 45 minutes or until caramelized and golden brown.
  2. Over medium-high heat, place a pot with about 4 cups of water and 1 – 2 tablespoons of salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling add pasta and cook according to package or doneness. When the pasta is cooked, reserve ½ – 1 cup of pasta water and strain the remaining water. Set pasta aside.
  3. In the same pot, add Olive Oil, Onion, and Garlic and sauté for a few minutes until onions are translucent.
  4. Add Pasta, Parmesan Cheese, Pasta Water, Lemon Juice, Butter, Capers, and Red Pepper Flakes and mix to fully incorporate.
  5. Remove from heat and add Parsley and Lemon Zest.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve!