"Cheesy" Cauliflower Pasta

Vegan
Kid Friendly
Vegetarian

Title: “Cheesy” Cauliflower Noodles
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes 
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 people 

I always love finding new ways to prepare my cauliflower! This time I used some leftover coconut milk and steamed the cauliflower, and bam…my new favorite dinner! It came together in 20 minutes and was delicious and nutritious. I look forward to having left over’s tomorrow and frying it in the pan to get crispy noodles. Enjoy!

Ingredients

For Steaming:
4 heaping cups cauliflower florets (1 large cauliflower)
2 large carrot, peeled and diced
 
For Sauce:
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp turmeric
1/2  tsp curry, optional
2-3 large garlic cloves, minced
2-3 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

1/2 cup coconut milk or water
2-4 tbsp cream cheese (optional but great!)
1/2 cup cashews (optional)
1 lemon, juice
1/2 tsp pepper
2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste [divided]

For Pasta:
1 box gluten free, chickpea or spelt noodles  (penne or spiral)

Chives, for serving
Nutritional yeast, for serving

 

Instructions

Steaming:

  1. Wash, Peel & Dice cauliflower and carrot. 

  2. Use a steamer or double boiler and cook vegetables in there for about 10-15 minutes until super soft. 

For Sauce:

  1.  Begin with slicing the onion and adding to pot with coconut oil

  2. Let cook for 3-4 minutes

  3. Add turmeric, curry, salt and let cook for 8 more minutes. Add garlic

  4. In a high speed blender, add the cooked cauliflower/carrot, coconut milk, cashews if using, salt and pepper

  5. Blend until a super smooth sauce forms.

  6. Add the blended veggies to the caramelized onions / spices. Mix it all together. Drizzle lemon. 
  7. If using, add cream cheese until it melts. 
  8. If the sauce is a bit thick, add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water from pasta noodles.
  9. Taste it. Add more lemon or salt or cream cheese to perfect taste.

Cooking Pasta:

  1. Meanwhile, Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your pasta and cook for about 8 minutes. Rinse pasta when done.

  2. Save about 1/2 cup of the water for the sauce!

To Serve:

  1. Add pasta into the same pot as the sauce. Mix it all together to ensure perfect”cheesy” consistency. 

  2. Put in a bowl top with chives and nutritional yeast (if desired) and serve immediately.

Saving Money:

Do your best to purchase items on sale. Cauliflower will stay good for up to 2 weeks in fridge if covered and if possible, in the vegetable box that’s in your fridge. 

Quick Tips & Tools:

Tool:
Big pot, steamer, spatula and a high speed blender or vitamix

Tips: 

To make this dish gluten-free:
use gluten-free pasta.
Serve along side a salad for a whole meal (and you will ensure leftovers)

For Extra Cheesy taste:
If keto, use herb and garlic (or plain) cream cheese instead or alng with cashews. Add about 3-4 tbsp to the sauce in the blender.

Use nutritional yeast instead of cream cheese if vegan. Also add nutritional yeast on top before serving for added fiber and Vit B 12.
 

Saving Time:

This is already a super fast meal. Your noodles cook while your cauliflower cooks. You also have little to no effort for the sauce. Its truly a fantastic and fast, nutritious and delicious meal.