Happy Romanesco Cauliflower Pasta

Romanesco cauliflower look like a flower bouquet a martian boyfriend might gift. You can’t help to stop and ask… What is that? The vibrant neon yellow green floret spirals twist and turn into wild inviting designs. When I bought my little prize at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden stand at the Farmers Market, I left puzzled. I had no idea what to do with my purchase let alone, what exactly is it?

Task 1 Identify the creature: Take snapshots on my Iphone and send out to my foodie friends. Identified: Romanesco Cauliflower.

Task 2 Research the origin: First originating historically in Italy, this veggie is prepared in most of the world like broccoli.

Task 3 Learn random detail: The number of spirals on the head is a fabonacci number sequence. Love Mother Nature!

Task 4 How to prepare: Seems like it is the perfect addition to a light veggie pasta. Thanks to a Happy Hemper suggestion.

I decide to go with a green theme in my pasta.

Place a pot of water on the stove to boil.

Cut the romanesco head into bite size pieces.

Cut the bunch of asparagus into 1 inch pieces.

Blanch together until brilliant green.

Place veggies in an ice bath.

Place a skillet on medium low heat with 2 TBSP of olive oil.

Add in a clove of chopped garlic and dried veggies.

Add to mix 2 TBSP of fresh lemon zest and for some heat red pepper flakes.

Cook your wheat pasta and drain.

Toss all together.

Serve in a bowl sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Happy Hemp.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top.




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