Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

A great sauce for any type of pasta.

A great sauce for any type of pasta.

A great all-year recipe. Cauliflower adds a nice umph to this recipe that makes it hard not to finish at one sitting. It’s really tasty. Enjoy!


small splash olive oil or water
1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped (about 1/2 heaping cup)
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cauliflower head, roughly chopped or broken into florets (about 3 cups)
1 cup water or vegetable broth (I use water and 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1/4-1/2 pound fettuccine
pinch nutmeg (about 1/8 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons flax oil or extra virgin olive oil, optional
vegetables, to serve, steamed or roasted (I like broccoli, asparagus, and peas)


In a saucepan on medium low heat, stir the onion and garlic with splash oil or water. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add in the cauliflower and stir for about 2 minutes.

Pour the broth or water in, and cover it up. Cook pasta according to package directions. Bring cauliflower mixture to a boil and simmer lightly for a few minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Take off the heat and blend with a hand blender, food processor or blender until creamy. Stir in nutmeg, cayenne (if using), and the nutritional yeast.

Taste to see if you need salt, and add as necessary. I like to add pepper once the food is on my plate. You may chose to blend it in with the sauce. Just before serving, slowly blend in the flax or olive oil until emulsified. Pour over cooked pasta and top with veggies.


Categories: Pasta & Pizza, Recipes, Sides & Salads

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4 replies

  1. Great recipe! Would it work the same with roasted cauliflower do you think?

  2. Reblogged this on hopefullvegan and commented:
    Making this tomorrow night. So pumped it doesn’t have tofu in the recipe! I also have all of the ingredients 😀 YAY

  3. ooooh this looks sooo YUMMY! Cant wait to try it! (also a fan of the san-tofu version 🙂 ) Defs excited to rock this Alfredo with the garlic & parsley pasta curls I found the other day =D
    Just a quick Question though….how much sauce would you say this makes? How many people would it serve?

  4. Earlier I found a really nice sounding recipe for Bowtie Pasta with a lovely Tomato-Alfredo Sauce just like Mom used to make. I plan to use this recipe to replace the traditional Alfredo part of the other recipe. I was really happy to find this because most non-dairy recipes have nuts in them and my son is allergic. Thank you very much for sharing this.

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