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Io,the Coliseo & Orecchiette Pasta with Fresh Cauliflower

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My better half arrived from Italy a few days ago, had to catch a bus from our ‘pied a terre’ in Rome to catch an early plane at the airport.

When he hopped on the bus in front of the Coliseum at 4:30 AM-he was the only person there..he said  “for the first time ever it  felt like it was just  me  and the Coliseum  that were the only two things in the center of Rome”…..”Io & the Coliseo” were his exact words..I think that would make a great title for a movie…not sure yet what it would be about. …Any film makers out there/?Any ideas??

Well, on the other side of the world, here,  cauliflower is everywhere!  Take advantage of the fresh, local cauliflower available now and use it in a pasta dish. Orecchiette (little ears) pasta pairs great with this dish.And lunch was an absolutely delcious one with this dish…


Orecchiette Pasta with Cauiflower & Pecorino

*1 lb Orrecchiete Pasta

*1 lb fresh, red, ripe tomatoes (plum or vine ripened)

*1/2 lb fresh cauliflower-(florets only)

*1 clove garlic

*1 small onion finely chopped

*1 sage leaf

*1/4 cup freshly  grated pecorino cheese

*pinch of dried thyme

*pinch salt and pepper

*2 tablespoons olive oil

Finely chop garlic, onion, place in saute pan with olive oil. Saute for 30 seconds. Filet tomatoes and place in saute pan, add in thyme, pinch of salt and pepper.

In a pot of salted boiling water, place in pasta, after 5 minutes place in cauliflower, cook till pasta is al dente. Drain in colander. Place pasta  in sauce and toss gently. Sprinkle on pecorino cheese and freshly grated black pepper,serve.

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