Have I told you how much I love pasta?
The answer is a lot. Mmmm. Creamy, delicious things are my favorite. I’ve been searching and playing with a basic creamy base that would satisfy both my healthy tendencies & my vegan boyfriend.
The answer is cauliflower! This vegetable is so wonderful that both vegans & carnivores are embracing it to make creamy goodness.
Some vegans advocate for cashews as a creamy base, but I don’t particularly love the expensive price or texture (perhaps because I’m just using a regular old food processor and not an amazingly efficient Vitamix). Other recipes use tofu, which I’ve had some success with. But the food that wins for both simplicity and healthiness is, in my opinion, cauliflower!
You can use blended up cauliflower for anything, from this alfredo sauce to a healthier mac & cheese to a thick creamy soup (stay tuned for a good soup recipe this coming week). Trust me, even if you don’t love cauliflower, you will love using it in this way!
If you want to add more or less butter or salt, feel free to play with the measurements. The less, the healthier of course. But, you’re already making an incredibly healthy dish so feel free to liven it up a little. =)
Cauliflower alfredo sauce (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
2 cups frozen, thawed cauliflower OR 1 medium head of cauliflower
3 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter of choice
1 cup milk of choice
2 tsp Italian seasoning
Optional: 2 cups ish of cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, veggie versions)
- Cook garlic in a tiny bit of olive oil for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Steam cauliflower for 10-15 minutes (click here for four easy ways to steam vegetables).
- Add cooked cauliflower, garlic, salt, and butter to food processor. Blend thoroughly. Add milk slowly, blending as you go until you reach the desired consistency. Add more or less milk as needed.
- Pour over cooked pasta, preferably with some delicious sauteed veggies added in. If cheese was added to the sauce, heat until cheese has melted, stirring as you go.
- Taste, and add more butter or salt as desired.