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Cauliflower pasta gratin edit

55 mins

4 persons

The cauliflower pasta gratin is a very tasty and original first course. The pasta is flavoured not only with cauliflower, but also with anchovies, pine nuts and raisins, that are browned with a mix of chopped garlic and chili pepper.
 
The pasta is cooked together with saffron, whose distinctive aroma and flavour gives an unusual taste to the pasta gratin.

Finish the cauliflower pasta gratin with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs on top, that, after baking, makes the pasta gratin pleasantly crunchy.

Ingredients

Pasta, short size 350 grams
Cauliflower 700 grams
Anchovy fish, fillets 4
Red hot chili pepper 1
Raisins 30 grams
Pine nuts 30 grams
Bread crumbs 50 grams
Garlic 10 grams
Saffron 0.6 gram
Olive oil 4 tablespoons
Salt 8 grams
NUTRITION INFO [per Serving]
Calories
604KCal
30%
It provides 604KCal equal to about 30% of DV

A calorie is a unit of energy. The number of calories foods contain tells us how much potential energy they posses.
The human body needs calories (energy) to survive, without energy our cells would die, our hearts and lungs would stop, and we would perish. We acquire this energy from food and drink.

Protein
13g
17%
It provides 13g equal to about 17% of DV

Most all the parts of our bodies are made from protein: hair, skin, blood, organs, and muscles. It is needed for cells to grow. It also repairs or replaces healthy cells and tissues. Protein in food gives us calories - 4 calories in one gram. If we do not get enough calories from fat and carbohydrates we may use protein for energy.

Water
174g
17%
It provides 174g equal to about 17% of DV

Water serves as a solvent for nutrients and delivers nutrients to cells, while it also helps the body eliminate waste products from the cells. Both the spaces between cells (intercellular spaces) and the spaces inside cells (intracellular spaces) are filled with water. Water lubricates joints and acts as shock absorbers inside the eyes and spinal cord. Amniotic fluid, which is largely water, protects the fetus from bumps and knocks.

Calcium
75mg
7%
It provides 75mg equal to about 7% of DV

Calcium is a mineral that is important for building strong bones and teeth. Almost all of the calcium we use in our bodies is for building strong bones. A very small amount is needed to help our heart, nerves and muscles work.

Carbohydrate
95g
31%
It provides 95g equal to about 31% of DV

Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy. There are three different kinds of carbohydrates. They include starch, sugar, and fiber. Starch is made from chains of small sugars. When these chains are broken down during digestion, we get energy. We get 4 calories from each gram of starch (or sugar).

Fiber
14g
57%
It provides 14g equal to about 57% of DV

Fiber is one kind of carbohydrate. It's the part of plant foods that our bodies do not break down during digestion. Because fiber isn't digested, it doesn't give us calories.
Fiber is important for keeping the digestive tract working smoothly. Since we do not digest it, the fiber in food passes into the intestine and absorbs water. The undigested fiber creates "bulk" so the muscles in the intestine can push waste out of the body.

Iron
3mg
15%
It provides 3mg equal to about 15% of DV

Iron is a mineral that is an important part of our red blood cells. It is needed to carry oxygen from our lungs to our cells, muscles and organs.

Magnesium
158mg
39%
It provides 158mg equal to about 39% of DV

Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body. It's required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.

Sugars
9g
9%
It provides 9g equal to about 9% of DV

Sugars are carbohydrates that provide the body with energy, our body’s fuel. Sugars occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and dairy foods and are added to foods for flavour, texture and colour.

Salt
924mg
38%
It provides 924mg equal to about 38% of DV

Sodium is important for keeping a balance in pressure between the inside and outside of our cells. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure may increase the risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Phosphorus
374mg
37%
It provides 374mg equal to about 37% of DV

Phosphorus is a mineral that makes up 1% of a person's total body weight.
The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

Potassium
919mg
26%
It provides 919mg equal to about 26% of DV

Potassium is a mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods. Diets high in potassium are associated with improved blood pressure control.

Fat
22g
24%
It provides 22g equal to about 24% of DV

Fat is a nutrient that is an important source of calories. One gram of fat supplies 9 calories - more than twice the amount we get from carbohydrates or protein. Fat also is needed to carry and store essential fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A and D.

Saturated Fat
3g
13%
It provides 3g equal to about 13% of DV

This is a type of fat that comes mainly from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Zinc
3mg
18%
It provides 3mg equal to about 18% of DV

Zinc is a mineral that your body needs to be healthy. Zinc strengthens your immune system and helps in normal growth and development at all ages.

Vitamin C
85mg
142%
It provides 85mg equal to about 142% of DV

Vitamin C helps form a cement-like material between our cells. We need vitamin C to heal cuts, wounds, and burns. When we don't get enough vitamin C the "cement" between cells loses its strength and can cause us to bleed easily. It may show up as bleeding gums or bruises.

Thiamin
451µg
30%
It provides 451µg equal to about 30% of DV

Thiamin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Another name for thiamin is vitamin B1. Thiamin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy it gets from food.

Riboflavin
261µg
15%
It provides 261µg equal to about 15% of DV

Riboflavin is one of a group of vitamins called "B vitamins." Another name for riboflavin is vitamin B2. Riboflavin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It also helps the body to use protein in food to build new cells and tissues.

Niacin
4mg
21%
It provides 4mg equal to about 21% of DV

Niacin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Niacin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It is also important to help use protein from the diet to build new cells and tissues.

Vitamin B6
570µg
28%
It provides 570µg equal to about 28% of DV

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. It is involved in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the formation of myelin, a protein layer that forms around nerve cells.

Folate
145µg
36%
It provides 145µg equal to about 36% of DV

Folic acid is important for making blood and building cells. It is also called folate or folacin. Folic acid is found in many food groups in the Food Guide Pyramid.
The need for folic acid increases during pregnancy because the fetus is constantly growing.

Vitamin B12
0µg
0%
It provides 0µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin B12 makes healthy blood cells and helps keep our nerves working properly.

Vitamin A
8µg
0%
It provides 8µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin A keeps your skin smooth and the linings of your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, and intestines healthy. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy eyes. It forms the part of the eye that helps you to see in dim light. People who do not get enough vitamin A may have a hard time seeing at night.

Vitamin E
3mg
28%
It provides 3mg equal to about 28% of DV

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant whose main job in the body is to protect against cell damage. Vitamin E may also play a role in maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting against chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin D
0µg
0%
It provides 0µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin D helps ensure that the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone.

Vitamin K
41µg
50%
It provides 41µg equal to about 50% of DV

Vitamin K helps with many important functions in your body. Vitamin K helps your body heal wounds, maintain your blood vessels and keep your bones healthy. Vitamin K may also help in preventing fractures (broken bones), especially in women after menopause.

Fatty acids Monounsaturated
12g
30%
It provides 12g equal to about 30% of DV

This is a type of fat found in a variety of foods and oils. Studies show that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Fatty acids Polyunsaturated
5g
34%
It provides 5g equal to about 34% of DV

This is a type of fat found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Evidence shows that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Trans fats
0mg
0%
It provides 0mg equal to about 0% of DV

This is a type of fat that occurs naturally in some foods in small amounts. But most trans fats are made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation.

Cholesterol
0mg
0%
It provides 0mg equal to about 0% of DV

Cholesterol is needed by our bodies for our cells, nerves and brain. It is also important in forming hormones and enzymes.

Caffeine
0mg
0%
It provides 0mg equal to about 0% of DV

Caffeine is best known for its stimulant, or "wake-up," effect. Once a person consumes caffeine, it is readily absorbed by the body and carried around in the bloodstream, where its level peaks about one hour after consumption. Caffeine mildly stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

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Instructions

1

Soak the raisins in lukewarm water. Clean the cauliflower and cut into florets. Put 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan, brown the fresh red chili pepper, without the seeds, the fillets of anchovy, cut into pieces, and the crushed clove of garlic. 

2

When the anchovy begins to melt, add the raisins and the pine nuts , then the cauliflower. Mix the ingredients well to make the cauliflower flavoursome, salt and cover with water. Cover with a lid and cook the cauliflower for about 10 minutes until tender, then cook for 5 minutes more, until the water has completely dried out. 

3

Meanwhile, grate the parmesan cheese and cut the provolone cheese; bring a pot with salted water to a boil, add the saffron to the water and boil the short pasta, that will take on a bright yellow colour, drain al dente and transfer to the pan with the cauliflower. 

4

Then add the grated parmesan cheese and the diced smoked cheese, stirring constantly. Transfer the pasta to a baking pan, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and add a few knobs of butter on top and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes under the broiler, to make the pasta gratin golden brown.

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