Rating: 4.06 stars
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

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!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cauliflower, water, Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to taste. Bring water to a boil, cover, and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.

  • Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until cheese has melted and mixture is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat, sprinkle with salt to taste, and mix in basil; set aside.

  • Add cream to cauliflower mixture and puree in the pot with a stick blender until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese until melted; season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  • Mix in lemon juice with spaghetti and stir in Alfredo sauce to coat pasta. Serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and the seasoned bread crumb mixture.

Chef's Note:

You can use any fresh herb in place of basil, such as thyme, parsley, or oregano.

Nutrition Facts

660 calories; protein 23.6g; carbohydrates 91.4g; fat 23.1g; cholesterol 35mg; sodium 413.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (25)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2012
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. Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2012
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. Read More
(3)
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
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. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
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!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
Loved- makes much more than 4 servings- I added Chicken and Brocoli Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2012
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. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2013
The best thing about this dish is the bread crumb topping. I didn't have very much to put on the pasta because I munched on it while I was cooking! So please make that towards the end. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2016
This was delicious! Alfredo definitely one of my weaknesses. I was skeptical, but thought this was totally worth a shot; and I am sooooo glad I tried it. Definitely going into my favorites!!!! Read More
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