IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO GET KIDS EATING veggies. Especially those with a funny smell when you cook ‘em. That’s right cauliflower, we’re talking about you. The good news is, we’ve discovered three ways to make cauliflower an easy sell at dinner. Roasted cauliflower, baked into macaroni and cheese, and this way right here.
I wrote about this basic idea–pasta + sausage + cauliflower or broccoli–while we were still in Rome. Back then I used spaghetti and followed the original Food Network Magazine recipe very closely. Fast forward two babies… There are now three
mess makers small kids eating at once and penne has become our pasta of choice. It’s smaller and easier to handle, plus you can always find a whole-wheat version. Done!
The secret to this dish is cooking the cauliflower in the pan at a hot enough temperature that the edges get a LITTLE brown, almost starting to crisp. Roasted cauliflower is a family favorite and this method takes the best of that flavor and adds sausage and parmesan cheese. Even if you’re a toddler, especially if you’re a toddler, how bad can that be?