Cauliflower and Onion Pasta Sauce

    1 hour 20 minutes

    My friends and family couldn't believe that there is no beef mince in this sauce. The recipe dates from the Depression.

    15 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 sweet onion, chopped
    • 3 cups chopped cauliflower
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 3 (800g) tins crushed tomatoes

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or soup pot, and cook the garlic, onion and cauliflower, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is browned and tender, about 30 minutes. Pour in the basil, black pepper and crushed tomatoes, and simmer until the sauce is thickened and the flavours have blended, about 30 more minutes.

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    We often have a vegetarian meal a few nights a week, and I wanted to do something different with my cauliflower. I will make this again-I did however use bought pasta sauce with Italian seasoning. I then tossed the sauce with cooked rigatoni pasta, transferred into a serving dish. I mixed a cup of shredded Italian blend cheese with 3/4 cup of sour cream, spread it over the top and grilled until brown and bubbling. A yummy hearty meal. Thanks.  -  24 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    i really like the texture the cauliflower gives this sauce. i added more herbs to suit my tastes because as written it wouldn't have been flavourful enough for me.  -  20 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good basic recipe. I added some Italian Seasoning, and a bit of brown sugar. I made a baked Spaghetti dinner with Mozzarella Cheese on top. YUM! Even the kids liked it!  -  26 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)