Hi, hello, hey. So as my first blog post, I thought I would share with you my most recent favourite plant-based recipe. The simple, Pasta Alfredo. The sauce is basically a veganized traditional Italian sauce and replaces the butter and cream with none other than….the cauliflower. Yep, that’s right. Admittedly, I was sceptical at first as to how a CAULIFLOWER could even be comparable to the rich, creamy consistency that the traditional Alfredo sauce brings about with the use of creams, butter and cheeses, but I’m telling you, this one is now a staple recipe in my kitchen and I am delighted that I have been able to recreate a basic white sauce that is low cost but big on nutrition and big on flavours.
Personally, I think there is only 4 essential ingredients to this entire dish but there are always optional add-ins depending on what’s in your fridge and what’s in budget. I am sticking with the essential 4 to show you how low cost this meal can be but I will put a list of optional add-in’s I’ve tried.
Essential ingredients include: 1 cauliflower head, pasta (500g-1kg depending on how saucy you like it), garlic (5 cloves or 1tbsp powder), 1tsp salt.
Now, add-ins include black pepper, basil, chili flakes, nutmeg, plant-based milk, veggies- broccoli works the best imho but spinach, kale, spring green cabbage are other options I’ve tried. I like my food to look pretty on the plate so I find that a green veg is better as it breaks up the beige looking pasta and sauce combo. Whatever you do, I wouldn’t opt for even more cauliflower florets in there…you can have too much of a good thing after all.
Next up is the method which I’ll keep concise for ease of reading…
- Boil cauliflower in salted water until tender
- Add cauliflower to blender and add 1/2 cup water* to blender
- Fry off minced garlic cloves or throw in 1tbsp garlic powder to the blender or use a mixture of both
- Add 1tsp salt to blender** and blender mixture until smooth
- Boil pasta until al dente***
- Add sauce to cooked pasta****
- Bon Appetit!
*This is where you can substitute the water for 1/2 cup plant based milk for extra creaminess and nutritional value
**You can add any optional herbs and spices at this point if you want to
***You can add any additional cooked veggies here
****Optional to top with freshly chopped basil
And there you have it, our humble Pasta Alfredo. This recipe cost me 66p to cook and there are between 2-4 servings depending on whether you are serving this alongside anything else.
I’ve shared the link to the original recipe below and I sincerely hope you enjoy this meal if you decide to try it. I’d love to hear any improvements you have or extra add-ins you tried.
Love always, The Humble Avocado x x x
Tried this last night and was indeed super simple yet super good too!
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I sure will try this recipe.