Weight Watcher’s Penne with Cauliflower and Onions

Just tried this new recipe from Weight Watcher’s (I changed the directions and ingredients a little) which is loaded with fiber (13 g).  Just a touch of tomatoes, lots of onions and cauliflower and whole wheat pasta.  This recipe is Weight Watcher’s all of the way and is a favorite vegetarian meal.  See my comments at the end of the recipe.  I also provided my own version since I changed things a bit!

WW Penne with Cauliflower and Onions

  • 8 oz. whole wheat penne
  • 2-1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. of cauliflower florets
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14-1/2 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, smashed or use fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced

Cook pasta according to package directions.  I always omit adding salt to the water only because I am watching my salt intake.

Heat oil in a large skillet and cook cauliflower, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally;  remove and set aside.

Spray skillet with an olive oil nonstick spray.  Add onions and cook, covered, about 10 minutes; add garlic and saute another minute.

Return cauliflower to skillet.  Add tomatoes, salt to taste and cayenne pepper; stirring to combine.  Cook, covered, just until cauliflower is tender; about 10 minutes.  Add pasta and parsley and cook until heated through.

Points value of 8 per 2-1/4 cups

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Comment:  I made this dish again and used leftover cauliflower from Steamed Whole Cauliflower with Lemon Butter Sauce.  It was very good with a touch of lemon flavor.

More pictures…This time I mashed up the diced tomatoes so it was more like a sauce.  I like this idea!  I have also substituted fresh tomatoes in season!

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I added some sliced zucchini and fresh parsley to garnish…

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I decided to add my own version as I prefer the cauliflower cooked the following way as it adds some nice flavor with the lemon.

Whole Cauliflower with Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 1 head cauliflower (2 lbs.)
  • 1 cup water

Trim the cauliflower at the root end and place in a saucepan that is tall enough to hold the cauliflower upright.  Add the cup of water and bring to a boil; cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until tender and still somewhat firm.

Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • chives or parsely, minced for garnish

Bring the water to a boil and add the rest of the ingredients except for the garnish.  Mix thoroughly and pour it over the cauliflower.  Garnish with chives or parsley. Set aside until you make the WW Cauliflower and Onions”.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju  https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2011/11/13/penne-with-cau…wer-and-onions/

Judi's Penne with Cauliflower and Onions

  • 8 oz. whole wheat penne (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2-1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. of cauliflower florets (or more)
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14-1/2 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, smashed or better yet use fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • fresh parsley to garnish
  • sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Heat oil in a large skillet and also use a nonstick spray.  Add the onions and cook, covered, about 10-15 minutes.  Add garlic and cook an additional minute or two.

Add the cooked cauliflower florets to skillet along with the tomatoes, salt and cayenne pepper.  Add the pasta and cook until heated through.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2011/11/13/penne-with-cau…wer-and-onions/

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