November 2, 2011

Food and Wine Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Pasta makes frequent appearances in my menu plans. Normally every week I make at least one pasta dish, sometimes more. There are many reasons why pasta is one of my favorite foods, but the two biggest are that my kids will eat it, and it re-heats well for lunches. With me staying at home and my family of four living on one income it is essential that the meals that I prepare make multiple meals, and don't cost a fortune to make. If you read this blog regularly, you would have noticed that up until about three months ago I wrote reviews on recipes from Food and Wine magazine and then suddenly they stopped. The short story is that I completely forgot to renew my subscription and only remembered last month. That's what happens when you have  a two and a five-year-old and try to cook from scratch all the time, something has to go and apparently for me it's my memory. I received the November issue of Food and Wine magazine last month and I was pleased to see a recipe for Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts, which looked easy and full of vegetables.

This recipe has 14 ingredients. It makes 4 servings and takes approximately 40 minutes of prep and cooking time. I made a few modifications to ingredients due to local availability. I was unable to find bucatini, so I used perciatelli instead. Secondly, I used a sweet onion since they were still in season and I prefer the taste in recipes. I had to go to multiple stores to find fresh Brussels sprouts and the ones that I was finally able to purchase were very large, so I cut them in quarters. Finally, my Brussels sprouts took longer to cook completely than the recipe suggested, probably approximately five minutes. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I loved how easy this recipe was to put together and the large amount of vegetables. The anchovies gave a nice umami compliment to the flavors without being overpowering. My husband took the leftovers for lunch and thought that the taste was even better the next day. The recipe states that it makes four servings, but with 12 ounces of pasta it made more than enough for my family of four and a bunch of leftovers. Overall, a delicious pasta dish, full of vegetables and kid friendly.

For the recipe go to Bucatini with Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts.


  1. Nice! I love pasta. It goes with just about anything - butter, cheese, sauce, veggies, meat etc. I think I'm going to try this recipe. I used to have a Food & Win subscrip but haven't checked them out recently.
    I am a new follower.

  2. Thanks for this one I looooooove pasta. Goes w/just about anything.

  3. Hi,

    Thursday hopping. I love pasta. I find a lot of great recipes on and

    I have a guest blog with author Robert Dunbar linked for Thoughtful Thursday. Hope to see you hop on by.


  4. This sounds great! Gotta love Food & wine! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Melissa Placzek

  5. That looks amazing and being close to lunch time... I am very hungry now ;)

  6. This sounds FANTASTIC--I can't wait to try it!

  7. I love pasta. this looks fantastic. I'm a new follower! following from the thoughtful thursday blog hop.


  8. I'm not a big brussels sprout fan but this looks like a tasty way to eat them. New follower from the Wild Wednesday hop.

  9. Thanks for linking up to our blog hop!. New follower here :). I can already tell that i'm gonna love your blog!. I love cooking and LOVE trying new recipes. Can't wait!. xx

  10. Hi! I am a new follower from Tag Along Thursday! This recipe looks awesome!

  11. Sounds delicious! I love Brussels sprouts! Yum.

  12. My kids would eat this if you basically just cooked the pasta and added cheese. They are so picky and there is no way they would eat the veggies . But this would be a meal for a night with out kids perhaps!

    Found you from Thoughtful Thursday and will follow you.

    Regina, The Crazy Nuts Mom

  13. This looks really good. I'm following you back from The Suburban Jungle. :) Thanks for your vote on my "surrounded by berries" submission at

    I really appreciate it. :)

  14. Following you from the blog hop. Great recipes. I need to try a lot of these. :)

  15. @Scrappy Sugar Girl I love Food and Wine, but forgot to renew my subscription so I missed a couple of months :) I definitely agree that pasta is great with anything! Followed you back :)

    @Sharing What I Like Pasta is definitely very versatile and can be used so many different ways!

    @Nora I love the recipe on delish and eatingwell, there are some great ones!

    @Melissa I love Food and Wine also. I'm definitely glad that I renewed my subscription :)

    @Mry Thanks :) I hope you ate something yummy for lunch!

    @momof3 Thanks :) I hope you like the recipe if you try it!

    @kathryn I love pasta too, it's definitely a favorite in my house :) Followed you back!

    @Anitra This dish doesn't have a traditional Brussels sprouts taste since it is cooked with other ingredients. It definitely doesn't taste like the soggy boiled brussels sprouts a lot of use grew up with :) Followed you back!

    @Nicole Thanks :) I hope you find some recipes that you like and try!

    @Sarah Thanks :) Followed you back!

    @Jessica I love brussels sprouts also! When done right they are absolutely delicious!

    @Crazynutsmom I'm lucky that my boys will eat pretty much anything that I give them :) With kids it can definitely be hard to find recipes that please everyone! Followed you back :)

    @Angela Thanks :)

    @Sandy Thanks, I hope you find some recipe that you like and try! Followed you back :)


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