Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Simple $5 Dinner: Roasted Cauliflower & Gluten-Free Pesto Pasta

I love cooking up quick dinners. I bought cauliflower and a bunch of sweet basil from the farmer's market for $2 and a box of Gluten-free pasta for $3 at Whole-Foods. This meal is so simple yet it's also healthy, delicious, and inexpensive. 

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe:


  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Place the olive oil and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through until golden brown.

Gluten-Free Pesto Pasta Recipe:


  • handful of  fresh sweet basil leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated Pecorino cheese -optional


Combine the basil, garlic, olive oil, and salt + pepper in a food processor or in a magic bullet
Pulse until smooth.
Let the pesto sit. I find that refrigerating the pesto over night improves the taste of the pesto.
Cook the Gluten-Free pasta according to directions.
Mix the pasta with the pesto. 
Optional: top with pecorino cheese & enjoy


  1. I love it! I usually add almonds or walnuts to my pesto, and recently I experimenting with arugula, in addition to fresh basil. so yummy!

  2. Will definitely try adding arugula and the nuts. Thanks for the suggestion.


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