Rustic Cauliflower Noodles

By • October 1, 2010 • 26 Comments



Author Notes: We have often shaved the stem of the cauliflower to make thin but irregular and delicious "noodles." Often we serve these under stroganoff (see also the recipe for cauliflower, mushroom, and beef stroganoff with honey bourbon on this site), my second photo. These noodles are really great on their own, too. I seem to get about 2 servings from one cauliflower head. If you are going to serve these under stroganoff, you can skip the cream and just add enough water to cook them through so they are tender and moist. I estimate the cauliflower to be about 1 cup cooked to about 1 oz of liquid. Feel free to make these as wide as the stems. Sagegreen

Serves 2

  • 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian delicate paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • shaved core of one large cauliflower
  • 1 clove of garlic, smashed and minced
  • splash of zinfandel wine
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon honey, optional
  • splash of heavy cream
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh milled black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives, dill and flat leaf parsley
  1. To a heated saute pan, add the paprika, stirring it. Next add the oil. Add the minced garlic and continue to stir.
  2. Add the thin cauliflower shavings from the stem with a dash of salt and pepper. When caramelized, add a splash of zinfandel to deglaze the pan. Add the optional honey at the same time if the stems taste too bitter.
  3. Add a splash of heavy cream and stir until slightly thickened. Cook until tender. (Use plain water if these are going under a stroganoff sauce of its own). Keep the liquids minimal.
  4. Plate while hot and serve with fresh chopped herbs on top.

Tags: creamy, savory

Comments (26) Questions (0)

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almost 4 years ago filetmignon

I think I'm going to have to try it.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! Please let me know what you think. They are really light, but delicious, I think.

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almost 4 years ago filetmignon

What a creative idea!

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almost 4 years ago nannydeb

How did I miss this one? It sounds delicious!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. Nannydeb, I have been missing more and more recipes as these weeks seem to get busier and busier at work!

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almost 4 years ago omarston

mmmm... I just had dinner, and I'm already hungry again!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! These could really make a great second dinner...especially since they are both hearty and light at the same time.

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almost 4 years ago JoanG

What a fabulous creation! Can't wait to try it.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I love making these.

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

I made this and loved it! So delicious. I only wish I could get more cauliflower noodles out of a cauliflower! They have a wonderful texture and the whole recipe is so easy. Thank you Sagegreen!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, monkeymom! It is always a great honor when someone makes your recipe and also reports back. I love how these noodles are deliciously all cauliflower! They are really precious: Because you don't get too many from a single head, you savor each portion all the more!

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almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

I love this!!! : )

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, TiggyBee!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Gotta try this!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

You will no doubt make a very elegant version. I still remember your gorgeous zuccaghetti!

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almost 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

This looks great Sage! I have lots of cauliflower and a free weekend.... hehehe

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, adamsvetcooking. If you try this, let me know what you think! I hope you will like it!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I just posted a version of my stroganoff recipe on this site.

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Sagegreen, I love this! You are so creative. I can't wait to make it.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, monkeymom. Please let me know how you like it!

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

The stroganoff looks delicious as well...I hope you share that recipe too!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I will be happy to share the stroganoff recipe, tomorrow. It's super easy!

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almost 4 years ago halfasiangirl

Wow, fantastic idea to make "noodles" from the cauliflower stem. The sauce sounds nice too.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, halfasiangirl. This made a great dinner tonight.

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

What a beautiful and creative use of the cauliflower stem. Thanks for the recipe!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

You're welcome, gingerroot. I hate wasting this part otherwise! I simply use a carrot peeler to make these.