Pappardelle with Cauliflower and Mustard Brown Butter

This is a delicious hearty side dish for these chilly days in early Spring ~ actually, it’s snowing like mad now with 3” on the ground, and a forecast of 6” total of the white stuff before it ends later today.

It wouldn’t be Spring in the Chicago area without a little snow in the forecast!

As for the recipe:

Savory ingredients are here:  chewy, charred cauliflower, fried capers and breadcrumbs, plus browned butter that’s fortified by whole grain mustard.

Pappare, Italian, translates:  to gobble up.  Pappardelle pasta is a broad, flat long ribbon noodle, a cross between tagliatelle and lasagna, in width.  It’s perfect for dishes of this sort.

Roasted cauliflower and fried bread crumbs

“Gobble it up” straight away while it’s piping hot and full-flavored ~ I could easily make a meal of it!

Pappardelle with Cauliflower and Mustard Brown Butter


1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets, stems minced
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/3 cup coarse bread crumbs
1 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
5 tablespoons butter
¼ cup whole grain mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley


Heat oven broiler.
Toss cauliflower with 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet.
Broil until charred and tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a high-sided skillet over medium-high heat.
Sauté capers until crisp, 5-6 minutes; transfer to paper towels to drain.
Cook bread crumbs and chile flakes until crisp, 3-4 minutes; transfer to plate.
Wipe skillet clean and melt butter over medium heat, cook until butter is a deep golden brown, 6-8 minutes.
Stir in mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add roasted cauliflower to skillet.
Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil.
Cook pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes; drain.
Add pasta to skillet with half of the reserved bread crumbs, and half of the parsley; toss well.
Transfer to serving bowl.
Garnish with capers, remaining bread crumbs, and parsley.

Serves 4 



  1. Pam, Now this is my kind of sidedish! Using roasted cauliflower with toasted breadcrumbs plus the brown butter, mustard, garlic and pepper flakes definitely puts this side dish above most others... I think that I'd like pork chops with my serving! FYI...It's sunny here in East Tennessee and the temperature will top out at between 67 and 70 degrees today. Warmer tomorrow! We noted your weather forecast this morning... Yikes! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. It looks the same outside my window this morning!! Alas, I see no signs of your delicious dish. All I need is the pasta and some cauliflower though.


  3. Spring is teasing us with more snow, no! I haven't enjoyed cauliflower in a while & this dish looks so good, Pam!

  4. Look absolutely delicious Pam!!

  5. I have made a similar recipe w/out the brown butter and even like that is was delicious..but this?:) And w/ Papardelle..even better.

  6. Look at all of that snow. When we lived in the Poconos, it snowed in May one year. I know you must think winter will never go away. Your pasta is gorgeous Pam. I should incorporate cauliflower in dishes more often.

  7. This sounds delicious, thanks so much for sharing it, Pam. :)

  8. So sorry you still have snow. Just heard from our family in Michigan and they are sick of it. Love your pasta.

  9. Delicious!!!Pasta with a browned butter is delightful.The addition of cauliflower really nice.

    Happy spring!


  10. Was thinking of you just yesterday when I saw the National weather report.. I knew it was headed your way. Hang in there...Spring will show it's face real soon.
    Great looking Pasta dish...

  11. Still snowing? Hopefully signs of spring come soon to your way...
    The pasta looks delicious, especially with brown butter and the crisp bread crumbs...
    Have a great week Pam :)

  12. Dear Pam,
    We had on Long Island this past weekend 6 inches of snow. It is almost gone now, but when it was coming down it was like we lived in a snow globe. It was breathtaking to see the snow on the trees and the ground. The last of the snow till next season we hope and I never saw it so beautiful. But with it's beauty, spring is around the corner for sure. Your recipe is delicious looking and I love the ingredients. It just seems like it all goes together so well. Love the noodles and the breadcrumbs that become very browned and crispy. Love capers, so this one is on my to "make" list. Thanks for sharing...Have a great week...
    Dottie :)

  13. That is fab looking pasta - perfect for a chilly day.

  14. We had snow on Monday also but only about 2 inches, thankfully. Most of it has already melted but it wasn't fun watching it come down. Fingers crossed it will be the last! I think I have this same recipe saved from Saveur - it looks so good but I haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the great review! Pappardelle is my favorite kind of pasta!

  15. Looks delicious, Pam! And I love capers!
    Hope the weather there improves soon! Keep warm!

  16. Mustard brown sauce? Gotta try that! Love cauliflower and pasta -- nice combo. This looks excellent -- thanks. Oh, and I hope your spring arrives soon!

  17. Dear Pam, It snowed here too for the first day of spring; a few inches in fact.
    This dish looks delicous and I do love these noodles. xo Catherine

  18. Oh this does look amazing! Pasta rocks :) Love everything about this dish. Best wishes on better weather and when you have some please send it our way!

  19. I would gobble this up for sure! I love the bold flavors of the mustard and chili flakes in this- it would be a hit at my house! Hope your snow is history by now. :)

  20. What a great recipe for preparing pappardelle Pam! I love, love, love cauliflower! My son will be visiting for my birthday and Easter (coming from Chi-town) and will probably be wanting to thaw out a bit in S.C. Who knows, it may freeze for his visit!!!!

    Wishing you a Happy Easter (Buona Pasqua!),


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