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Friday, December 3, 2010

Italian: Pasta w/ faux Alfredo Sauce

I am not a vegan although I do try to keep my consumption of dairy to a minimum. My sister, who is a vegan, recently raved about a vegan alfredo pasta sauce she had that was made with cauliflower. I googled "cauliflower pasta sauce" and found a simple recipe that I had to try.

Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Josh Lerner at

1 head cauliflower, broken into large pieces
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1-2 cups vegetable stock
1-2 T. ghee or butter or vegan margarine
1-2 T. olive oil

freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/4 c. chopped parsley

1/4 c. breadcrumbs

Steam the cauliflower pieces for 10 minutes, or until soft.

Heat the oil and ghee in a frying pan and saute the onion for 2 min.

Add the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Add the salt and pepper, stir, and saute for another minute.

Remove from the heat.

Blend the cauliflower, onion and garlic mixture, and 1 cup vegetable stock in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Add more vegetable stock and continue blending until the sauce is the desired consistency.

Serve over Italian pasta - highly textured pasta with lots of nooks and crannies works best, to catch the sauce. Top with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley.


I, of course, added sauteed veggies (spinach, crimini mushrooms, & red bell pepper) to this dish as well. It was super delish!!

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