Penne with Cauliflower and Leeks
This extremely flexible recipe can be adapted to include several different kinds of seasonal vegetables. In winter and spring, Salvatore Denaro might make it with Umbria's small, violet-colored artichokes; in the fall he prefers cauliflower or broccoli. A pretty alternative is pasta con cavolfiore e broccoli siciliani, with equal parts cauliflower and broccoli; the dish is also terrific made with leeks alone. More Healthy Pastas
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The vegetables can be prepared up to 5 hours ahead.
Orvieto, the dry Umbrian white wine made principally from Trebbiano and Grechetto grapes, typically offers fresh flavors and a lightly almondy finish—the latter a particularly nice partner for cauliflower, which has its own nutty character.