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Baked Ziti With Cauliflower - {Ziti Gratinati}

Type: Pasta
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Kosher salt - as needed
1   Cauliflower head - cut large florets (medium)
1 teaspoon 5mlSaffron
5 tablespoons 75mlExtra-virgin olive oil
6   Garlic cloves - thinly sliced
3   Anchovy fillets, salted variety - rinsed, filleted
1 1/2 tablespoons 22mlPine nuts
1 1/4 lbs 567g / 20ozZiti
1/2 cup 118mlFreshly-grated Pecorino-Romano
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozBread crumbs

Recipe Instructions

Bring 6-quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Place the cauliflower florets into the boiling water. Cook until the cauliflower is slightly resistant to a fork, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking water. Set aside. Pour 1/4 cup of the cauliflower cooking water into a small bowl. Add the saffron and let it dissolve. Set aside.

In a 12- to 14-inch saute pan over high heat, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil until almost smoking. Add the garlic, florets and anchovies, and saute for 2 minutes. Add the pine nuts and saute for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Bring the cauliflower water back to a boil and add the ziti. Cook until parboiled, about half-done. Drain well. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Pour the ziti into a large, deep, ovenproof casserole. Stir in the cauliflower mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Sprinkle with the saffron water and mix gently. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Crumble the bread crumbs on top and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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