Spaghetti with fried cauliflower and pine nuts

Spaghetti with fried cauliflower and pine nuts
Spaghetti with fried cauliflower and pine nuts 
Dietary
Vegetarian

In medieval times, health manuscripts preached the virtues of pine nuts as a power "to stimulate the libido". The Arabic scriptures recommend a drink of honey and eating 20 almonds and 100 pine nuts before going to bed. After repeating this for three days a man would acquire vigour. Well, I suppose this partly explains my addiction.

Ingredients

3 cups cauliflower florets

1 medium red onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves

6 anchovy fillets (optional)

½ cup dry white wine

4 tbsp pine nuts, roasted

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

500g orecchiette, spaghetti or cavatelli pasta

Method

Add 1 tsp salt to a pot of boiling water. Drop in the cauliflower florets and cook until just tender. Drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion and garlic for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft. Add the parsley, anchovies and cauliflower. Pour in the wine, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the roasted pine nuts, season with salt and black pepper to taste and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and toss in a pan with the cauliflower sauce. Serve hot.