"This cauliflower spaghetti Alfredo is a great 'bridge' recipe, helping us transition from rich, decadent offerings to much leaner fare. I also love the dusting of crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs that top this delicious pasta. This tastes and feels very rich, but is actually quite light. Enjoy!" — Chef John
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garlic, lightly crushed
cauliflower, cored and separated into florets
dried Italian herb seasoning
crushed red pepper flakes
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) package
fine dried bread crumbs
grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
chopped fresh basil
heavy whipping cream
grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnishing
freshly ground black pepper to taste
I made this per the recipe, and it was delicious!It was SO easy to make too! I put it in a casserole dish and baked it a little. I waited for my kids and husband tell me how good it was before I told them the secret ingredient! I made it as a side dish to grilled chicken marinated in Italian dressing.
Chef John said that this was a bridge recipe for those who want to eat healthier, and that I agree with. I believe it's the cauliflower taste, which persists in the sauce no matter how you try to modify it.
I made mine according to instructions. I will try John's favorite ww pasta recommendation to see if this improves on the taste next time. Also, I should've cooked my pasta under al dente. I didn't time the cooking of my pasta and completion of my sauce well, and so I had to reheat the pasta in the saucepan in order for it to absorb the lemon and meld with the flavors of the sauce and cheese...by the time I was done, my pasta was a bit overdone. I added some roasted veggies and sauteed sausage to fill out the dish more.
I honestly would rather have the full fat version and portion control, seeing how this recipe does not quite hit the spot for me. I still really enjoy watching Chef John's videos.
Wow this is a first. I am the first to review. Well, this was way better than expected. It is a very light, creamy, and smooth alfredo-like sauce. I great alternative to the fat laden original alfredo sauce. I followed the sauce instructions to the tee except I used half & half instead of cream b/c that was all I had on hand. Though I expect that it would have been creamier if I had used heavy cream instead of half & half. Still it was very good. I skipped the bread crumb topping and served with cheese tortellini. Yummy!!
I followed the sauce recipe except that I substituted light cream cheese for the heavy cream. I pureed in food processor until silky smooth. Instead of serving over spaghetti, I served over lobster ravioli (from Costco) and then topped with the crumb topping. Delicious!
Who would have thought? I wasn't sure if I could pass this off on my family since they are alfredo lovers....it was one of thier favorite dishes on the website so far! I didn't have the type of blender described so i blended small batches in my regular blender and returned it to the heat-a bit more time consuming but well worth it! Another great recipe Chef John--keep up the good work!
Loved- makes much more than 4 servings- I added Chicken and Brocoli
I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! It has all the flavors of an Alfredo sauce without the heaviness. The only thing I changed was to take out some of the cooking water to make the sauce a little thicker. Definitely a repeat!
This meal was absolutely amazing! There was no lack of flavor and the cauliflower was completely disguised, yet made the sauce (velvety!). I took out some of the liquid and put it aside so the sauce wouldn't be too thin. I used regular half and half an only 1/4 of a cup. I added garlic salt instead of regular salt to the sauce. No need for olive oil in browning the crumbs and cheese; save the fat and calories! The lemon juice was the perfect touch with the noodles. I had no idea! ! I put the noodles on a serving platter, ladled on the sauce, topped it all with the crumbs, layered baked, skinless-bonelesss chicken slices across the top and a little Italian seasoning for flavor and garnish (fresh is preferred). This dish was an ultimate winner for us and our neighbors. I've already called my mom and told her to get to making this recipe. It is beyond delicious and deserves HIGH praise!! Way to go!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Lighter Spaghetti Alfredo with Cauliflower
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 208
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