Beautifully Simple – Sicilian Cauliflower Pilaf

Beautifully Simple – Sicilian Cauliflower Pilaf

This Sicilian Cauliflower Pilaf recipe from Waitrose & Partners is the perfect midweek dinner. It is delicious and comes together within 20 minutes.

In as much as I love developing recipes, it is nice to be able to recreate dishes from others. Waitrose & Partners recently launched beautifully simple – a new campaign that inspires people to create simple, everyday meals using fresh ingredients. All of the recipes are available on their website, but you can also pick up recipe cards in store. The recipes are straightforward and usually require ten ingredients or less.

Admittedly, most of the dishes are meat-based. There are a handful of vegetarian options, but unfortunately, hardly any vegan recipes. Don’t be put off if you’re vegan or entirely plant-based because it is quite straightforward to veganise most of the non-vegan recipes with simple swaps.

The Sicilian Cauliflower Pilaf is the only vegan option available, so as you can imagine, I was quite excited to give it a go. The recipe is a little expensive (for me at least) because it requires pine nuts and artichoke. If you buy those ingredients in bulk, it probably won’t be as expensive. In saying that, the meal is much cheaper than take-out so I guess it is not so bad after all.

I honestly enjoyed making and eating the pilaf. My kids were not so keen because it had too many unfamiliar ingredients. I will certainly cook this recipe again.

The only thing I would do differently is to alter some of the ingredients to make the recipe budget friendly. I would swap pine nuts for sunflower seeds or another less expensive nut, cauliflower rice for regular rice or bulgur wheat, and artichoke for broccoli.

The details of the recipe are below if you would like to give it a go yourself.


Beautifully Simple – Sicilian Cauliflower Pilaf

  • Author: somiigbene
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x


Waitrose’s Vegan Silician Cauliflower Pilaf. This is a great midweek dinner that comes together within 20 minutes. 



  • 1/2 x 280g jar sliced artichoke hearts marinated in garlic & parsley
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pine nut kernels
  • 300g pouch cauliflower & kale couscous
  • 15g sultanas
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Nonpareille capers, drained
  • Sourdough bread, to serve


  1. Put 1 tablespoon of the oil from the artichokes into a medium saucepan. Fry the onion for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat until softened and caramelising. Add the pine nuts and cook for 1 minute until toasted.
  2. Stir in the cauliflower couscous and sultanas into the onions and pine nuts, then add two tablespoons of water and let the cauliflower warm through. Turn off the heat, stir in the lemon zest and juice, and the capers, then season to taste. 
  3. Tip into a serving bowl, fold in the artichokes and then serve with the sourdough. 

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner


  • Serving Size: Per serving (excluding sourdough)
  • Calories: 474
  • Sugar: 15
  • Sodium: 1.7
  • Fat: 24
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Fiber: 8.4
  • Protein: 11

Keywords: Waitrose, Pilaf, Cauliflower


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