Caramelised Cauliflower Fettuccine Pasta with California Prunes
Caramelised Cauliflower Fettuccine Pasta with California Prunes

Caramelised Cauliflower Fettuccine Pasta with California Prunes, Garlic, and Herbs

Makes: 6Prep Time: 25 minsCook Time: 25 mins


  • 2 heads cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1/3 cup tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 leaves fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 cup whole pitted California Prunes, chopped
  • ½ cup green olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon Chilli pepper flakes
  • 225g fettuccine pasta
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, stemmed and chopped
  • Zest from 1 lemon + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 60g grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Toss the cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a baking sheet and season with a ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  3. Spread out in a single layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes until the cauliflower is caramelised and golden brown on the edges.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Once the oil is shimmering in the pan, add the garlic, shallots, rosemary, and sage.
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the chopped California Prunes, olives, walnuts, and chilli pepper flakes and continue cooking on low.
  9. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in the pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.
  10. Reserve a ½ cup of the pasta water and add it to the saucepan with the prune mixture, stirring, to create a pan sauce.
  11. Season with remaining salt and black pepper and increase the heat to medium high.
  12. Add the caramelised cauliflower and drained pasta to the pan, along with the parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice and toss to evenly distribute. The fettuccine should be evenly coated with the cauliflower florets, California Prunes, herbs, and savoury bits.
  13. Transfer to a large serving platter or to dinner plates, top with grated cheese, and serve warm.


Patricia Bannan MS RDN