Meatless Monday–Pasta with Garlic Roasted Vegetables

Two. heads. of garlic.  That’s right.  This recipe starts with two heads of garlic.  Any recipe containing two entire heads of delicious, sweet, roasted garlic is bound to be a winner.

Truth be told, it was the roasted cauliflower that first caught my eye when searching through recipes.  I didn’t want to just roast it up and put it on the side with a chicken cutlet or pork chop.  I really wanted to do something with it.  I’d never thought about using it in pasta, but it sounded intriguing.  Then I saw the two heads of garlic.  Done.

I liked this quite a lot.  It was simple and tasty, warming and filling yet not too heavy.  A great alternative to all the heavy, decadent food that abounds this time of year.  And yes…it has two heads of garlic.  Yum.

pasta with garlic roasted vegetables

Pasta with Garlic Roasted Vegetables

slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, September/October 2009


2 heads garlic, papery skins removed, top quarter of heads cut off and discarded

6 TBSP plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 lb. cauliflower

3/4 lb. broccoli

1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp. black pepper, plus more to taste

1/4 tsp. sugar

1 lb. pasta (short shapes work best)

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, plus more to taste

3 TBSP lemon juice, plus more for serving

2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped and divided

1 c. Parmesan cheese

1/4 c. toasted walnuts, chopped


1.  Adjust oven rack to middle position, place large rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat to 500 degrees F.

2.  Place garlic heads, cut side up, in middle of a 12×12 piece of foil.  Drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil and seal packet.  Place packet on oven rack (not on pan) and roast until garlic is very tender, about 40 minutes.  Open packet and set aside to cool.

3.  While garlic is roasting, cut cauliflower and broccoli into florets.  Place in a bowl and toss with 2 TBSP olive oil, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and sugar.

4.  When garlic is done, carfeully remove baking sheet from the oven.  Spread cauliflower and broccoli on pan and place in oven to roast, about 15 minutes.  

5.  Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large pot.  Add 1 TBSP salt and pasta.  Boil until al dente, according to package directions.

6.  While pasta is cooking, squeeze garlic from skins into a small bowl.  Mash with a fork to form a smooth paste, then stir in lemon juice and red pepper flakes.  Slowly whisk in remaining 1/4 c. olive oil.

7.  Drain pasta, reserving 1 c. cooking liquid, and return pasta to pot.  Add vegetables, then stir in garlic sauce, 1/4 c. cooking liquid, 1 TBSP parsley, and 1/2 c. cheese.  Adjust consistency with additional cooking liquid and season with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice.  Serve immediately, garnished with remaining cheese, parsley, and walnuts.

one year ago: pork chops with warm apple slaw

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  1. Anonymous
    December 12, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    The only thing better than garlic is roasted garlic!

  2. Nicole, RD
    December 12, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    YUM! 2 heads of garlic…love it! And I love that pasta bowl, too…so cute 🙂

  3. Jessica @Sunny Side Up
    December 12, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    First, 2 heads of garlic!? Second, roasted veggies!? Third, that photo?! Fabulous!

  4. Kelsey
    December 12, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Thanks, Jessica! I've been trying to work on my photography lately, so hearing that compliment really means a lot to me.

  5. Laura
    December 13, 2011 / 2:56 am

    What a wonderful dish! A sure fire way to get the little ones to get an array of veggies too. Making this one soon!

  6. Nikab84
    December 13, 2011 / 8:44 am

    I'm in love with that plate…

  7. Kelsey
    December 13, 2011 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks, Nika. I got it as a gift several years ago, but I believe it's from Macy's line called "The Cellar." I'm not sure if they still make it or not.

  8. julie @ the semi-reformed nerd
    December 13, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    Anything with garlic is a-okay in my book. The more, the better. 🙂 This looks (and sounds) awesome!

  9. Becki's Whole Life
    December 16, 2011 / 4:10 am

    I love veggies and pasta…I love all of the garlic in here….I made pasta and veggies tonight and I was thinking as I was cleaning up that my next pasta dish was going to have a ton of roasted garlic in it. This sounds perfect! Can't go wrong with CI, either.

  10. Lori
    July 15, 2013 / 8:53 pm

    I pinned this on Pinterest and have been looking at the pin for a couple of weeks now. I finally decided to make this tonight and it is CRAZY GOOD! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kelsey
    July 19, 2013 / 3:59 am

    Lori, I'm so glad you liked it. I am definitely looking forward to fall so I can make it again.

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