If you're not using a high-protein pasta, you can double the protein per serving by adding 8 ounces cooked and sliced chicken breast. Double the sauce in Step 1 to keep the dish creamy.

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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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  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover and let cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor. Add cheese, water, and black pepper. Cover and pulse until smooth.

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  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli and bell pepper the last 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

  • Return pasta mixture to pot and stir in cauliflower sauce. Heat through, stirring in reserved cooking water (if needed) to reach desired consistency. Garnish with basil, zest (if using), lemon juice, and additional cheese.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute green beans (cut into 1-inch pieces) for the broccoli florets. Or mix and match!

If you're not using a high-protein pasta, you can double the protein per serving by adding 8 ounces cooked and sliced chicken breast. Double the sauce in Step 1 to keep the dish creamy.

Nutrition Facts

295 calories; 7.3 g total fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 314 mg sodium. 47.7 g carbohydrates; 14.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2017
This was very good, I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and regular pasta instead of multigrain. I just don't think vegetable broth has enough flavor and multigrain pasta just does not taste good. I did add salt to the cauliflower sauce. My husband is very picky and only likes high calorie foods.and he liked this. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/15/2018
I followed the recipe almost precisely. I was so excited to try it and have another meatless dish in my arsenal. Sadly, to me this tasted like watered-down Alfredo from a frozen tv dinner. Went straight in the garbage. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2017
This was very good, I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and regular pasta instead of multigrain. I just don't think vegetable broth has enough flavor and multigrain pasta just does not taste good. I did add salt to the cauliflower sauce. My husband is very picky and only likes high calorie foods.and he liked this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2017
This was very good, I used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth and regular pasta instead of multigrain. I just don't think vegetable broth has enough flavor and multigrain pasta just does not taste good. I did add salt to the cauliflower sauce. My husband is very picky and only likes high calorie foods.and he liked this. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2017
The sauce turned out silky smooth which was impressive but we found it a little bland, as in it needed salt, or something. Maybe more cheese? I panfried some mushrooms in butter and also cooked the peppers that way. The broccoli was boiled as the recipe suggested. I added some cooked chicken to the pot at the end along with the sauce and veggies and we topped it with more Parmesan. My teenage son did have a second helping, so maybe it was only me that found it bland. I would make this again but would play with the salt, pepper and cheese for more flavour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2018
I used Spaghetti Squash instead of pasta. Was an outstanding substitute. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2017
I thought it was real good, a little dry. I did add salt, pepper, italian seasoning and extra lemon juice. and a little shrimp on top. First time I tried a vegetarian dish like this. Will make again with just a little more seasoning and more vegatalbe stock. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/15/2018
I followed the recipe almost precisely. I was so excited to try it and have another meatless dish in my arsenal. Sadly, to me this tasted like watered-down Alfredo from a frozen tv dinner. Went straight in the garbage. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2017
This was bland. Needs salt, salt, salt. We sprinkled more cheese on top and salted like crazy and it was okay. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2018
made this recipe tonight. I am one to taste as I go so I originally found it a bit bland but after some salt and a bit of a mixed herb seasoning it tasted much better. We also used chicken broth instead of veg broth. We also added some shrimp for a heartier dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2020
We enjoyed the recipe. We followed suggestions and doubled the sauce. Used salt to bring out more of the flavors Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2020
Kids absolutely loved this I decided the second time around to fry up the peppers for a little extra flavor. Read More