Penne with Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Peas

It seems that my cooking has become as much "boil this, bake this, as little prep time as possible" as I possibly can lately. I just don't have the energy or time to do much more. Especially since dinner time has been pushed back a lot this month because my husband's rotation this month is an hour away. Which means he doesn't get home until 7-7:30 at night. Sometimes not until 8! So some super elaborate meal isn't quite what I have in mind lately. Whatever I can get on the table fastest wins!

This was a beautifully easy and delicious meal I made the other night! Filling but not overly heavy. I especially loved using the browned sage butter as the dressing - it made it seem really special, even though it was super simple, cheap, and relatively healthy (ok, healthy minus the butter. But it's only 4 tbsp people, and this makes quite a few servings!) This recipe definitely wins!

I totally forgot to write down where I got this recipe from, but I think it is really good! So, good job, whoever you are! :)

Penne with Roasted Cauliflower, Ham and Peas.

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2½ pounds), cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1/3 pound sliced boiled ham, cut into ribbons
  • 2/3 cup peas
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. 
  2. Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet, drizzle with the oil and toss; season with salt and pepper. Bake until browned, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until the butter is golden brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in the sage and remove from the heat.
  4. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, drain and return the pasta to the pot. 
  5. Stir in the ham, cauliflower and reserved pasta cooking water. 
  6. Stir in the sage butter and season with salt and pepper.


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