I love pasta! Who doesn’t, right? Red sauce is fairly easy to replicate as a vegan dish. It’s easy because it’s made of mostly vegetables. Simply omit the meat in meat sauce and you have a vegan red sauce (at least, usually). Alfredo can be a bit more tricky. It’s creamy and thick and has loads of cheese and dairy in it. But it doesn’t have to! This recipe is the perfect example of how eating plant-based can be easy, oil and gluten free and still just as delicious as a traditional alfredo. The main ingredient is cauliflower, and I never would have guessed that blending up this sometimes misunderstood vegetable would be so tasty!
This recipe is incredibly easy. It takes a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes or less to make depending on how you time it out. I used gluten free fettucine, but of course you can use whatever pasta you like. Pair this pasta dish with your favorite veggies – we did broccoli – and enjoy a creamy bowl filled with pasta entirely guilt free. I think next time I’ll throw in some Beyond Meat “chicken” strips, YUM!! Let’s show you the recipe…
Easy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo
12 oz. gluten free fettucine, cooked and drained
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (size for this isn’t super important, since you’ll be blending it up later on, just make sure the sizes will fit in your blender)
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or dairy-free alternative of your choice)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large pot with water and cauliflower, cover and place over high heat until it comes to a boil.
- Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat to low or medium-low and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is softened. (You can use this time to cook your pasta if you like, or do like I did and wait for the cauliflower to be finished so you can use the same pot.)
- Drain cooked cauliflower and then place into your blender along with all other ingredients (except pasta) and mix on high until smooth.
- Taste mixture to see if you need more seasonings and for salt and pepper.
- At this point, you can add directly to your cooked pasta, or you can put your sauce back on the stove to stay warm.
- Once you’re ready to serve, mix the sauce and pasta well. Top with pepper and fresh herbs of your choice. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli.