Cauliflower is a relatively mild vegetable, so to use it successfully in a pasta sauce it’s necessary to combine it with bold and savory flavors. This sauce works because of the generous amount of pancetta and because the cauliflower is sautéed long enough to concentrate its flavor. Also, the pasta is cooked in the same water the cauliflower is boiled in so it begins taking on the cauliflower flavor even before it’s tossed with the sauce.
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