I wanted a vegetable cream sauce that was just a little bit different from my usual Alfredo Sauce to use over Pasta for our "Meatless Mondays" dinner, and this soup (which, admittedly, I totally changed) served as a GREAT base for that purpose (hence, the 5 stars). My "tweaks" included using 3/4 stick of Butter (as opposed to just 3 T.) and 2 pre-cooked (and fully mashed) YukonGold Potatoes instead of flour to make my roux. Then I used 5 Vegetable Bouillon cubes (plus 5 cups of water) instead of chicken broth plus the recommended 1 cup of Half-and-Half (I actually used 1/2 cup of Heavy/Whipping Cream plus 1/2 cup Homogenized Milk) to make the base sauce. I used 1/2 pkg. frozen chopped Spinach, 1/2 pkg. frozen Cauliflower, and 1/2 cup of shredded Carrots as my vegetables. Although I actually altered this recipe irrevocably, I am reviewing it here because I genuinely liked the idea of using Scallions instead of yellow onions and the addition of just the right amount of sugar. I would never have thought to use either of these ingredients instead of my own "old stand-bys", but these 2 adjustments made a BIG difference in the end product. I added the Basil, Parsley, Salt, and Pepper as directed, but I also sprinkled some Paprika over our Pasta just before serving; as always, I made a grated Parmesan/Rommano cheese mix available at the dinner table. I made 2 different shapes of Pasta -- Fusilli for the Adults and Bowties for the Grandchildren -- and EVERYBODY simply gobbled it up!
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I wanted a vegetable cream sauce that was just a little bit different from my usual Alfredo...