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Creamy Penne With Cauliflower Tomatoes And Black Olives

This one is a great Spring and Summer dish for a few reasons… One thing, it won’t heat up the house too much while making it.  Also, it’s fresh and tasty and takes no time to put together.  You will need:

  • 1 lb penne pasta cooked al dente and drained
  • a cup and a half of cauliflower florets (bite size)
  • 1/2 can drained black olives
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup light cream, plus 1/2 cup milk if needed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, juice and all
  • a few dashes each of salt  and black pepper
  • two round tablespoons of pesto sauce

Just before the penne is done, throw in the cauliflower for about a minute and drain everything, reserving a bit of the pasta water for later.  Pour the noodles back into the pot and immediately add the cream and turn the heat to high until the cream bubbles then reduce to medium.  Add the cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir in.  Add the milk and pasta water if necessary to keep the sauce creamy.  Add the whole can of tomatoes and then the black olives.  Check the spices and it’s ready to serve.

The pasta picks up the sauce nicely, the cauliflower has a good amount of crunch in it, and it goes well with the briny olives.  We try to have at least one meatless meal a week and this one is a real hit.  We’ll do this one again!

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7 responses

  1. avian101

    Oh yes I can eat this dish easily because I like all the ingredients very much and I see that is simple to prepare. A definite yes on the list!
    Thanks Diva, your recipes are giving more variety meals to our kitchen. We enjoy all healthy and well prepared cooking even more! 🙂

    June 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    • Thanks Avian,
      It’s a nice, simple weeknight meal. I can also appreciate the price tag…six and a half bucks never tasted so good! 😉

      June 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  2. ravenradda

    Very nice!

    June 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

  3. After a 12 hour work day in the heat of the summer, I don’t want a big hot meal. This might just hit the spot. I usually have something chilled such as a garden salad, pasta salad, chicken salad, pimento cheese, or a fruit salad. Can you think of anything else that may fit this type of meal? I can’t eat cucumbers, by the way.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    • Twelve hours is a long day my friend! This stuff was good cold too. Jeff and I took it on a camping trip last weekend and ate it right out of the cooler. We put in a long couple of days on the property too…it hit the spot. As for cukes, no one in my family really likes them but me, so they don’t feature too much in my cooking. I’m sorry you have a restriction. Does this mean no pickles for you either? Cheers to you and Sweet Thing!

      June 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

      • Pickles are OK, but cukes and watermellon give me indigestion after just one bite!

        June 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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