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Rigatoni with cauliflower,
breadcrumbs and anchovies

Simply delicious

This light warm starter is easy to prepare and combines the delicate taste of cauliflower with the strong taste of anchovies and spicy chili pepper with aromatic thyme for a wonderfully balanced mix of aromas. Serve hot or lukewarm.
40 min.


for 4 persons

360 g rigatoni
300 g florets of cauliflower
4 anchovy fillets in oil
1 garlic clove
Olive oil extra virgin
4 tbsp. breadcrumbs
1 dried chili pepper
Fresh thyme
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Chop cauliflower florets and wash under running water, drain and boil in salted water for 3-4 minutes. Drain again and put aside.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add garlic clove. Fry the garlic until golden brown and take out of the pan. Then fry anchovy fillets until they are almost completely dissolved, add finely chopped dried chili pepper and cauliflower florets and sauté for a few minutes.
Roast breadcrumbs until golden brown in a second non-stick pan with a little bit of oil, stirring constantly.
Cook the pasta al dente and serve with the cauliflower sauce, fresh thyme and breadcrumbs.

Recipe from Il Cucchiaio d'Argento

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