Definitely excited to try this for New Year’s Day. I feel very Italian – first time we’ve ever tried pasta for a holiday meal. This came fromMartha Stewart Living, October 2011.
Note from the website: Orecchiette are adept at catching the small bits of sweet potato and bacon in this dish, but any shell pasta will work.
Prep time: 15 min
Total time: 45 min
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces bacon, preferably slab, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 head cauliflower, trimmed into 1 1/2-inch florets (about 2 1/2 cups)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
8 ounces orecchiette
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces), plus more, shaved, for garnish
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon. Reserve drippings.
Toss sweet potato, onion, and cauliflower with reserved drippings. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway through, until tender and caramelized, about 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot with cooking water, and toss with grated cheese and vegetables. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle bacon over top. Garnish with shaved cheese.