Penne with curry roasted cauliflower and raisins recipe

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  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
  • Total Time: 1 Hour


  • One 2½-lb head of cauliflower, cored and cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 Tbsp Madras curry powder
  • 2 Tbsp garam masala
  • ¼ cup plus 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup golden raisins, ½ cup soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and drained
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ lb gluten-free penne
  • 1 leek, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Yogurt, for topping
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with the curry powder, garam masala and ¼ cup of the olive oil. Season with salt and toss again. Roast the cauliflower for about 12 minutes, until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast for about 5 minutes, until they are golden. In a mini food processor, puree the soaked raisins with the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a pinch of salt until smooth.
  3. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well, reserving ¾ cup of the cooking water.
  4. Wipe out the saucepan and heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in it. Add the leek and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the raisin puree, then add the cauliflower, pasta and the reserved cooking water and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until the pasta is coated in the sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the ½ cup of parsley and the remaining ½ cup of golden raisins. Transfer to a large bowl and serve with the toasted almonds, chopped parsley and yogurt.

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