Bow Ties with Brown Butter and Cauliflower

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

1 pound bow tie pasta

3/4 cup panko 

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 anchovy fillets, mashed 


  1. Preheat the broiler. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in the microwave, then toss with the cauliflower on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Broil until charred and just tender, 6 to 8 minutes; set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve 3/4 cup cooking water, then drain.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a separate large pot over medium-high heat. Add the panko and cook, stirring, until browned, 2 to 4 minutes; stir in the lemon zest and season with salt. Remove to a bowl and wipe out the pot.
  4. Melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until brown flecks appear, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the anchovies, cauliflower, pasta, reserved cooking water and lemon juice. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and top with the toasted panko.
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