Meatless Monday : Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta

Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta : Ooey Gooey delicious and creamy one-pot recipe with a hint of curry. It’s a family favorite and a great hit with kids.Cheesy-Curried-Cauliflower-Pasta

It’s Meatless Monday and I’m here with my ‘Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta‘ recipe for you’ll. It’s one of those dishes that came into existence accidentally about 3 years ago and immediately became a family favorite. It’s a mild curry flavored pasta cooked along with sauteed cauliflower and lots of cheese. If you haven’t tried this combination, then it should be in your must try dishes list. It’s the grated cauliflower with cheese that makes it creamy and gives you a feeling of eating a light alfredo sauce pasta but without the calories – Yipeeee ðŸ˜‰


As I mentioned above, the existence (Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta) was accidental. I was making cauliflower pasta and ended up adding curry powder instead of the regular Italian seasoning and served it to a group of friends. The first gulp and they were all over the pasta, everyone loved it and wanted the recipe….which was quite surprising as I had not tasted the pasta yet and I thought they were pulling my leg….Once I tasted a spoonful, I realized what just happened but since everyone loved it, I was relieved …….Phewww! So recipe got exchanged and the pasta was made and remade along with a different combination of veggies but this particular combination is what still remains a HIT with everyone including children and have been featuring as an entree in many of our get-together ever since.

Cauliflower Pasta

It’s also one of those recipes, that can be made in advance and kept in the fridge and eaten next day cause it tastes even better as the cauliflower curry sauce has mixed well with the pasta. You can definitely add more vegetables or cheese as per your taste. It’s a hit among kids as well cause the grated cauliflower feels like a textured cheese sauce to them and I’ve seen bowl’s getting empty really soon when this get served 🙂

Cheesy Pasta

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Yields 4

Meatless Monday : Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta

2 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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2 Cups Uncooked Penne Pasta*

4 Cups Water

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese - Grated

1 Cup Grated Cauliflower - Use the large grater head side to grate

1/4 Cup Carrots - Thinly chopped (Optional)

1 Cup Onions - Thinly chopped

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Cilantro – Chopped

--- Spices ---

1/2 Tsp Curry Powder or Garam Masala - Available in any Indian store

1/2 Tsp Chili Flakes

Salt - To Taste


  1. In a Large Pot, heat water and follow the package instructions to cook the pasta.
  2. Drain and keep aside.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat olive oil over medium heat for a minute.
  4. Add chopped onions and sauté till onions become golden brown (About 3 minutes over medium heat)
  5. Now, add carrots, all the spices and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add grated cauliflower and sauté cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add, cooked pasta and sauté everything evenly.
  8. Now add cheese and mix everything lightly.
  9. Cook for another 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  10. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve fresh.
Cuisine: Indian , Italian | Recipe Type: Entree


You can use any pasta as per choice or availability


7 Replies to "Meatless Monday : Cheesy Curried Cauliflower Pasta"

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    Laura July 20, 2015 (7:22 pm)
    This is definitely something I'd make the whole batch of even though I'm cooking for one, just so I could have leftovers for my packed lunches. It's a lovely easy recipe
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      Molly Kumar July 20, 2015 (10:05 pm)
      That is Awesome Laura - Thanks for visiting :)
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    Anne July 23, 2015 (3:07 pm)
    I love pasta with cauliflower and cheese...though never thought of adding curry powder - sounds like a happy accident! It looks delicious!
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      Molly Kumar July 24, 2015 (5:02 pm)
      Thanks Anne - it surely was a happy accident ;)
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    Jacqueline Meldrum July 25, 2015 (2:04 pm)
    Can't wait to try this Molly. Thanks for submitting this to Meat Free Mondays, I was delighted to publish it as a featured recipe. It’s great inspiration for everyone. Stumbled, Pinned and Tweeted :)
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      Molly Kumar July 26, 2015 (5:25 am)
      That is so sweet of you and Thanks for the feature! Truly enjoy the recipes shared on the 'Meat Free Mondays' - Hugs, Molly
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