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Fettuccine Alfredo with Cauliflower and Peas

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Anson Smart


  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds cauliflower, cored and broken into florets, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), divided
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3/4 pounds fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


  1. In a medium pot, bring milk and broth to a rapid simmer. Add cauliflower and cook, covered, until just tender, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer 3 cups cauliflower to a bowl. Cook remaining cauliflower (4 cups), covered, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes longer. Transfer soft cauliflower to a blender with 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and 1 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth; pulse in heavy cream.

  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain and return pasta to pot. Stir in butter, cauliflower puree and florets, and peas. Add pasta water if necessary to create a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Season with salt and pepper and serve with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

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  • MS11872265
    2 FEB, 2014
    I made this for dinner tonight. It was very quick and easy. I did add a clove of garlic to the blended sauce, but did everything else exactly as directed. Thanks Sara this is a keeper. Oh one last thing I boiled the fettuccine for 11 minutes, but I think 13-15 minutes would have been better. The pasta was just not done enough at 11 minutes.
  • bubbyburp
    30 JAN, 2014
    I made this tonight exactly as listed and it was delicious. I wouldn't change a thing. A great substitute for high calorie Alfredo sauce.