Valley Fig Growers

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Cauliflower and California Figs

Serves 4.


6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

6 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons) 

6 anchovy fillets, finely minced (about 1 tablespoon) (see note)

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Table salt

1 small head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets 

1 cup chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs (about 6 ounces) 

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 

3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves 

1 - 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon (see note) 

1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti (see note) 

1 ounce grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 1/2 cup)  



  1. Combine 4 tablespoons oil, garlic, anchovies, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in small bowl; set aside
  2. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add cauliflower and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned and tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Push cauliflower to sides of skillet to create 3-inch clearing; add oil-garlic mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir to combine garlic mixture with cauliflower, add the dried figs and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove skillet from heat and stir in walnuts, parsley, and lemon juice.
  4. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt to boiling water; cook until al dente. Reserve ¾ cup pasta cooking water, drain pasta, and return pasta to Dutch oven.
  5. Add sauce and reserved cooking water to pasta and toss to coat. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to serving bowl, sprinkle with cheese, and serve immediately.


NOTES: The anchovies add tremendous flavor to this dish without imparting fishiness; do not omit them. Adjust the amount of lemon juice to suit your taste.

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 986
  • % Calories from Fat 37%
  • Fat 41
  • Cholesterol 64
  • Protein 44
  • Carbohydrates 120
  • Fiber 22
  • Iron 9
  • Sodium 3306
  • Calcium 393
  • Potassium 1174