Cauliflower, in my opinion, is not the most versatile vegetable. We love it, but it’s uses are limited.
It tends to be, for want of a better word, crumbly. That attribute makes it perfect for cauliflower rice (or so I’m told, never having tried it) but challenging for other things.
I would not add it to a stir-fry, for example, or a skillet hash. I have never tried it in the slow cooker.
Cauliflower Cheese is wonderful, but not every day.
As we are only 2 a head of cauliflower is normally enough for 3 – 4 meals for us. I try to be creative….
For this dish I boiled it with the pasta, then combined it all at then end. Worked perfectly. The cauliflower was cooked properly and didn’t fall apart in the pasta.
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Chicken, Cauliflower, and Pasta Skillet
By cooking the cauliflower with the pasta we not only save a pan, but add flavor to the pasta.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Pasta
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
- 2 shallots, peeled, chopped
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) chicken broth
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) white wine
- 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) Greek yogurt
- 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs chicken stock
- 1/3 head cauliflower, enough for 2 servings, cut into florets
- 4oz (125gr) short pasta
- 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese
- For chicken: Sauté shallots in oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add chicken and sauté lightly browned.
- Add thyme, mustard, wine, and stock. Stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is done, about 10 minutes.
- For pasta: Heat a large pot of water to boiling over high heat.
- Add pasta and cauliflower to water – the order depends on how long the pasta takes. The cauliflower should cook for 11 minutes. They should both finish at the same time.
- When done, drain well.
- To finish: Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and stir until thickened.
- Stir in yogurt.
- Add pasta, cauliflower, and stir gently to combine.
- Top with cheese, reduce heat to low and cover just until cheese melts.
- Serve from skillet.
You can substitute 1 medium onion for the shallots.
I used 1 1/2 cups farfalle and added the cauliflower to the boiling water 1 minute after the farfalle. The farfalle needed 12 minutes and the cauliflower 11 minutes.
Keywords: chicken, pasta, cheese, cauliflower
Pasta, cauliflower, chicken, white sauce….. pretty boring photo.
I found some daffodils on my walk last week. I don’t think anyone lives in the house so I was free to trespass and take a photo.
This house has the most gorgeous row of mimosas. and they smell heavenly. I would have stood there, just inhaling the scent, except the little, yappy dog came out and made a fuss.
The man we buy our firewood from lives here. He’s very nice and I always stop and have a chat when I see him out. His wife is the owner of the yappy dog, however, and she is not friendly. Rumor has it that she ‘doesn’t speak’ to her husband.
I moved on.
When I got home my old girl was waiting for me.
She was wagging her tail, but not quite sure it was me. She was hoping, though. She no longer runs to greet me.
Poor old girl is feeling her age. She’ll be 10 this month.
Sometimes we go for walks; more often we just go out and sit for a few minutes….. maybe have a pet or two.
Sometimes she eats her treats (she always wants them); sometimes she just puts them on her bed and lies down by them.
Sad days ahead I’m afraid.