Pasta in Cauliflower Cream Sauce


This was my daughter's New year resolution: eating healthy! After a few days she just comes to me and says that she wants to eat pasta but a healthy one?  Now what's healthy in pasta I wondered.  Anyway since she wanted I, made this recipe and served her without any cheese. She looked at it and said Maa you forgot to grate cheese, I smiled,  took the bowl from her, grated  cheese and gave her. Healthy New year resolutions are made to be broken isn't it!!!

This is a creative way to use cauliflower and give proteins, 
fiber and other nutrients to your kids without them noticing it.   Try this and your kids or even adults will happily relish this and give thumps up for the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 Medium size Cauliflower - cut into florets
1 Onion - chopped finely
4 cloves garlic - minced
1.1/2 Cups Vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Cup Elbow Pasta
1 Teaspoon Mixed herbs
Cheese to grate over top
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
For the topping
1 cup Fresh Bread crumbs
1/2 Cup Cheese  grated ( I used Gouda)

Method:
Place the cauliflower in a steamer and cook until tender.

While that's cooking, heat butter in a frying pan, add the onion and sauté till soft.  Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes till it emits an aroma. Set aside to cool.

Once cauliflower is done, drain the water and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Place the following in your blender, cauliflower, onion/garlic mixture, salt and pepper and enough broth to make a smooth sauce. Add a little at a time and then blend.


Cook the pasta. Time it so that everything is done at the same time, at this stage I am multitasking.



Heat the frying pan you used for the onions, add the butter and pasta, toss it for a few minutes, add mixed herbs salt and pepper to taste and stir fry for 2  minutes.  Take off flame and keep aside.


In another pan heat the olive oil, add the bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon of mixed herbs and stir fry till well coated, take of flame and add the cheese and give it a quick stir.  Keep aside the topping is ready.

Now to put it all together, pasta and add the sauce to the it and stir to combine. 



To serve, plate the pasta in a dish.


Top with the seasoned cheese bread crumbs.


Then grate cheese over the top and serve.My daughter enjoyed this for lunch. After she finished her lunch, casually asked her how was it, replied yummy. Revealed that this sauce was made with cauliflower, no flour and milk is added. She was suprised, said that this was yummy, next time prepare the sauce for the pasta from cauliflower only Maa.


This is my entry for the BM #50, theme Pasta with different sauces.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#50.

Labels: Pasta, Cauliflower, Blogging Marathon.
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

10 comments:

  1. At least the kid made a resolution to eat healthy. :)
    That's a great way to incorporate veggies and the pasta sounds delicious.

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  2. Pasta with cauliflower cream sauce, am just drooling here..my kind of dish.

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  3. Very interesting and innovative.

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  4. Good to est healthy and I like this combo of pasta and cauliflower.

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  5. Very Innovative... Cauliflower sauce...

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  6. Wow, really innovative sauce. someitmes i get bored of making the same red and white sauces for pasta - will try this for sure next time!

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  7. That's very innovative usage of cauliflower...bookmarked!

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  8. That is very innovative. Good way to sneak in veggies !

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  9. The sauce sounds innovative and nice to see the kid wanting to eat healthy

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  10. That is a delicious bowl of pasta.

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