July 12, 2017

David Rocco’s Cauliflower Puttanesca

Recipe: David Rocco


  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 6 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup black olives, pitted
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1⁄2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 can (28 oz./796 mL) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 1⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1⁄2 cup freshly grated Pecorino


Yield: Serves 6

Cook Vegetables

1. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan or pot over medium-high heat.

2. When oil shimmers, add onion, anchovies, olives and capers, and sauté a few minutes until anchovies start to dissolve and onion starts to soften.

3. Stir in chili flakes and tomatoes, then add cauliflower.

4. Cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks, or until cauliflower is tender.

Make Pasta

5. Once cauliflower is ready, put large pot of water on to boil. When water boils, salt it and drop in pasta. When it’s about two-thirds of way cooked, drain pasta, reserving 1 to 2 cups of cooking water.

6. Transfer pasta to sauce along with some of reserved cooking water. Turn off heat. Top with cheeses and drizzle with olive oil. Give everything a stir, then rest 5 minutes so flavors come together.


Francesco Lastrucci


House & Home March 2017