Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Fried Croutons Recipe

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon olive oil in large bowl to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread in single layer on large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until cauliflower florets are tender and beginning to brown in spots, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling generously salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta, reserving 1 1/3 cups pasta cooking liquid. Set pasta and cooking liquid aside separately.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large deep nonstick skillet or large pot over medium-high heat. Add bread cubes and sauté until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and cool. Reserve skillet or pot.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to same skillet or pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and garlic and sauté until zucchini is golden brown and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cauliflower and anchovies and sauté until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add drained pasta, reserved 1 1/3 cups pasta cooking liquid, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/3 cup parsley, 1/3 cup Parmesan, and Pecorino Romano cheese and toss to coat. Season pasta to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide pasta among 6 bowls; sprinkle with fried croutons, remaining parsley, and additional Parmesan cheese and serve.
  5. Test-kitchen tip: Fried zucchini blossoms make a nice garnish for the pasta. Toss the blossoms in flour to coat, then fry them in a large skillet filled with 1/2 cup olive oil heated to 360°F just until they're golden. Drain the fried blossoms on paper towels before placing them on top of the pasta.
  6. Per serving: 673.7 kcal calories, 33.9 % calories from fat, 25.3 g fat, 5.0 g saturated fat, 15.9 mg cholesterol, 86.8 g carbohydrates, 8.5 g dietary fiber, 7.3 g total sugars, 78.3 g net carbohydrates, 25.0 g protein Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 612.14 Kcal (2563 kJ)
Calories from fat 213.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23.75g 37%
Cholesterol 4.78mg 2%
Sodium 373.36mg 16%
Potassium 482.99mg 10%
Total Carbs 85.57g 29%
Sugars 8.72g 35%
Dietary Fiber 7.87g 31%
Protein 16.62g 33%
Vitamin C 77mg 128%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Calcium 100.2mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 197.54 Kcal (827 kJ)
Calories from fat 68.98 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.66g 37%
Cholesterol 1.54mg 2%
Sodium 120.48mg 16%
Potassium 155.86mg 10%
Total Carbs 27.61g 29%
Sugars 2.81g 35%
Dietary Fiber 2.54g 31%
Protein 5.36g 33%
Vitamin C 24.9mg 128%
Iron 0.8mg 14%
Calcium 32.3mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 13.4
  • 16

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • cholesterol free,
  • good source of fiber

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