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Pasta with cauliflower in red Sicilian

by Ada Parisi
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Pasta con il cavolfiore in rosso, alla maniera palermitana: cremosa, con pane fritto, pinoli e uvetta

Pasta with cauliflower in red Sicilian, one of the most traditional recipes of the Winter Sicilian cuisine. If we were on the island we would call “pasta who vruoccoli arriminati“, or pasta with cauliflower mixed in a sauce made of onion, anchovies, pine nuts, raisins and tomato paste until it becomes almost a cream.

Is, make no mistake, look at the VIDEO RECIPE on my You Tube Channel. The pasta with cauliflower in red Sicilian is the red variant of PASTA WITH CAULIFLOWER I published many years ago (even on my YouTube channel VIDEO RECIPE). But in this version you do not use saffron, It is added to the tomato concentrate and often, especially in Palermo, It is topped with toasted breadcrumbs and put in the oven, as a timbale.

Now, I'm not a lover of pasta cooked in the oven because it's hard to keep cooking, then I condisco with toast but without firing. But if you want to prepare the classic timbale the manner Palermo, drain the pasta very al dente, conditela, place in a baking dish and sprinkle the surface with toasted bread, then cook for 10-15 minutes in the oven.

This is by far one of the Winter recipes I love the most: you can do it with any type of cauliflower, the White, violet, even the Roman. For “pasta who vruoccoli arriminati” in Sicily often they are using the bucatini, but I have a weakness for casarecce, then you choose what you prefer. Try it, you will see that goodness. Have a good day!

Pasta con il cavolfiore in rosso, alla maniera palermitana: cremosa, con pane fritto, pinoli e uvetta


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


800 grams of cauliflower

320 grams of pasta (casarecce, bucatini)

50 grams of tomato paste (2 heaping tablespoons)

pine nuts and raisins, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

6 anchovy fillets in salt or oil

a small onion

Dop Sicilian pecorino grated cheese or seasoned, to taste

grated stale bread, to taste


Pasta with cauliflower in red is a dish from Palermo exceptional taste and very simple to prepare: Clean the cauliflower eliminating the hardest parts of the trunk and the outer leaves, divide it into peaks and wash them carefully. Boil the cauliflower in salted water, then drain it by setting aside the cooking water (It will serve for lessarvi inside the dough).

Make no mistake the look VIDEO RECIPE stepper pasta with cauliflower in red Sicilian on my You Tube Channel.

Peel the onion, cut it in half, into thin slices and then chop. Put raisins in bath in warm water for 10 minutes. Put extra virgin olive oil in a large pan (Don't be stingy) and add the onion. Sauté the onion until it is lightly faded, add the anchovies and dissolve them in the hot oil, then add the tomato concentrate, pine nuts and raisins. Add a little cooking water from the cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes, sampling to adjust salt if necessary.

Pasta those vruoccoli arriminati (in red)

Add the previously boiled cauliflower with tomato sauce and cook, adding a little cauliflower cooking water when needed, until you've got almost a cream.

Toast the breadcrumbs in a pan.

Boil the pasta in the water of the cauliflower set aside, al dente and toss with the sauce in the pan. Keep with grated pecorino cheese or caciocavallo and a little fresh ground black pepper. Serve the pasta with cauliflower in red (" pasta who vruoccoli arriminati" in Sicilian) after seasoning with grated bread. And Bon Appetit!

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Sarah Ghigliotti 9 May 2019 - 11:39

It is very good!!!! Since he had advanced Cauliflower, I fried tiny florets and I added in the dish like bread jumped…a sweet tooth

Ada Parisi 9 May 2019 - 11:52

Thank you! Good idea to add the fried cauliflower florets, This is the kind of food I like. Starting from tradition and then go over. Good day and thanks

Ferdinand 16 March 2018 - 00:45

Also good this, but… one with saffron…!!!!
Hello, ADA.

Ada Parisi 16 March 2018 - 11:31

I never know to decide which I prefer…

elisabetta 15 March 2018 - 08:46

Very particular

Ada Parisi 15 March 2018 - 10:07

In Sicily's national dish, try it, I'm sure you'll like it!

Antonio Palombi ) 14 March 2018 - 19:15

I added a half anchovy fillet in breadcrumbs for toasting. A delicacy.

Ada Parisi 15 March 2018 - 10:08

You did well, I often put a few drops of anchovy! Have a good day, ADA


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