I saw a post recently for cauliflower Alfredo sauce and I thought, hmmm, I’ve already had success with cauliflower pizza crust and cauliflower mash so why not, right? Do you ever think we are going to look back at our cauliflower and kale obsession and be like WHY? Ha. But, for now, I am going to take every chance I can get to sneak extra veggies into my meals. I took a couple different recipes and changed them up to be 21 Day Fix approved. After trying it over plain noodles, I thought it could use some texture and flavor so I came up with this broccoli and bacon penne loaded up with the cauliflower alfredo and it was AWESOME (leftovers were also terrific when reheated).
For the Alfredo Sauce:
8 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
5-6 cups cauliflower florets
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup vegetable broth
For the pasta:
8 oz whole grain or quinoa pasta
2 cups broccoli florets
8 slices nitrate free turkey bacon
For the Alfredo sauce:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 7-10 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Drain and set aside.
While the cauliflower is cooking, saute the garlic in the olive oil over low heat. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant, being careful not to overcook or brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
Transfer the cauliflower, and garlic/olive oil to a blender. Add the vegetable broth, milk, salt and pepper. Blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Add additional broth as needed to reach the desired consistency.
This makes roughly 5 cups of sauce. Extra sauce can be refrigerated or frozen.
For the pasta:
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and place in a large bowl. Cook the broccoli until fork tender, chop, and add to bowl. Cook the bacon according to package instructions, chop, and add to bowl. Add in desired amount of cauliflower Alfredo sauce and mix to combine until you reach the desired consistency. Serve immediately.
This would also be amazing with some parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!
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