Chicken and Cauliflower Pasta


If you can't find crispy chickpeas (in the snack aisle or health food section), use toasted pine nuts or roasted almonds.

Chicken and Cauliflower Pasta
Photo: Kelsey Hansen
Total Time:
35 mins
8 cups


  • 5 cup small cauliflower florets

  • ½ cup onion, coarsely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 ounce dried linguine

  • 2 cup chopped cooked chicken

  • ½ cup dried tomatoes in oil, julienned

  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan

  • 2 teaspoon fresh oregano, snipped

  • 4 cup baby arugula

  • ½ cup dry-roasted chickpea snacks

  • 2 - 3 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)

  • Lemon wedges

  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a medium bowl place cauliflower, onion, and garlic. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt; mix to coat. Place vegetables in a single layer on a large parchment-lined baking sheet or rimmed pan. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring once.

  2. In a 4-qt. pot cook pasta according to package directions; drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water.

  3. Add chicken and dried tomatoes to empty pasta pot. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes until heated through. Add roasted vegetables, pasta, Parmesan, oregano, and the reserved water. Simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in arugula. Top with crispy chickpeas and serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4.


Any color of cauliflower will work well. Starchy pasta water helps make a silky sauce. For a creamier result, add 2 to 3 Tbsp. heavy cream when you add the arugula in Step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

603 Calories
27g Fat
59g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 603
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1023mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 104.5mg 523%
Calcium 366mg 28%
Iron 7.1mg 39%
Potassium 764mg 16%
Folate, total 104.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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