Creamy Pasta with Cauliflower


This cauliflower pasta recipe was given to me by friends in Sweden. It is one of my husband's all-time favorite meals and is often requested by friends.

looking down at a bowl of creamy pasta with cauliflower topped with parmesan cheese
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets

  • ½ cup salted butter

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 2 pints heavy cream

  • 1 (16 ounce) package farfalle pasta

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste


  1. Place cauliflower into a large pot of salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove cauliflower with a strainer, reserving the cooking water in the pot.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add cauliflower florets and red pepper flakes; sauté until browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

    Onions and cauliflower browning in a pan, as seen from above

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  3. Add heavy cream; cook until reduced by half, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, bring cauliflower cooking water back to a boil. Add farfalle and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  5. Add tomatoes to the cauliflower sauce; cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese to the cauliflower sauce; cook and stir until melted, about 1 minute more.

    Overhead shot of creamy cauliflower sauce cooking in a pan

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  6. Combine pasta and sauce; toss until well coated. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese to serve.

    Overhead shot of creamy cauliflower sauce tossed with bow tie pasta in a pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

790 Calories
60g Fat
51g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 790
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 37g 184%
Cholesterol 202mg 67%
Sodium 380mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 237mg 18%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 488mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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