Get your veggies in a flavorful sauce
Some days it’s hard to get enough veggies. But this recipe for Cauliflower Alfredo is a great help. Instead of topping your pasta with an artery clogger, this sauce gives you an extra serving of veggies in a surprisingly rich, creamy form. No, it isn’t a dead ringer for traditional Alfredo but it is a reliable, easy, velvety sauce. And around here, it’s a crowd pleaser.
Which pasta should you use with your Cauliflower Alfredo?
I serve it over fusilli because I find the weighty cauliflower sauce clings better to the spirals than to noodles. (Fusilli is a spiral-shaped pasta often used with thick or weighty sauces.) Traditionally, an Alfredo sauce would be served with fettuccini noodles. But since this is clearly no traditional Alfredo, I say, use the pasta that works for you! And don’t think you’re just limited to using this Cauliflower Alfredo as a simple pasta dressing. You can even use it as a sauce over chicken and rice or seafood. (I like mine with whole wheat spirals for the fiber and an extra helping of sharp, aged Parmesan.
To make a vegan Cauliflower Alfredo
This sauce recipe also works well as a vegan pasta sauce with just a couple of modifications. Simply replace the butter and cheese with vegan versions of butter and Parmesan. The result is as satisfying as the original.
Tips for the best Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
There are a lot of Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce recipes out there. What sets this sauce apart is the smoked salt. Don’t skimp and use table salt. For the full depth of flavor, you want that smokey note. Also, this recipe works well as a vegan dish if you use vegan butter and skip the cheese or substitute with vegan cheese, as I mentioned above.
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Traditional Alfredo Sauce gets a makeover with this easy cauliflower dish. You can serve the sauce with pasta or just make it on its own to use however you like serving a white sauce.
- 12-16 oz fresh broccoli rabe
- pinch salt
- 1 cooked whole wheat fusilli you can also use brown rice or quinoa pasta
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter* for a vegan version, I use vegan butter or avocado oil
- 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 6 cup vegetable stock
- 1 head cauliflower cut into florets, approx 5 cups
- 1/2 cup rice or hemp milk
- approx 1 tsp smoked salt you can sub table salt but the smokey flavor gives the dish added dimension
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese* or use shredded vegan cheese
- To blanch the broccoli, submerge in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, depending on thickness. Drain and rinse under cold water to help stop cooking.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and set aside.
- In a small saute pan, melt the butter over low heat.
- Add the garlic and saute, on low, for 3 minutes, or until it is soft and fragrant but not browned.
- Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a large stock pot.
- Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 8 minutes or until fork tender.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a blender using a slotted spoon. Add 1 cup of the cooking broth plus the sauteed garlic, milk and salt.
- Puree until smooth, seasoning with additional salt to taste. Add a splash more milk if it is too thick.
- In a large saute pan over low heat, toss sauce with the pasta and broccoli rabe before serving. Sprinkle with the cheese before serving.
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