Fettuccine Alfredo with Cauliflower and Peas

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup fat-free milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 ½ pounds cauliflower, cored and broken into florets, divided

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce), divided

  • Coarse salt and pepper

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

  • ¾ 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.

    Anson Smart
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