Cauliflower Alfredo

4.93 from 96 votes

Cauliflower Alfredo sauce is a creamy vegan, gluten-free, nut-free homemade Alfredo sauce with less fat & less calories as compared with the original recipe

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If you’re searching for a vegan replacement creamy Alfredo sauce, you will love this Cauliflower Alfredo sauce! It comes in at just 70 calories a serving and 5 grams of fat. What you serve it with, on the other hand is all up to you! 😉

Final cauliflower alfredo tossed with fettuccine in a large pan

What is cauliflower Alfredo?

Here’s the gist of the recipe, instead of butter, cream and flour, we’re basically blending cauliflower in a blender to make a creamy puree that truly resembles Alfredo sauce! You’ll still use some of the good stuff in there like garlic, olive oil and even some non-dairy milk if you’d like. But the result is a naturally gluten-free and vegan Alfredo sauce that you can use in a wide variety of dishes!

Health benefits of cauliflower

By now, you know that cauliflower is truly one magic vegetable than can be substituted in so many creative ways to reduce carbs, whether it’s Cauliflower Rice, Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes or even Cauliflower Mac and Cheese!

It’s a great swap if you’re looking for more fibrous foods with low calories. In fact, it only has 25 calories per cup, but 3 grams of fiber and with all kinds of nutrients and vitamins! Add to that the fact that cauliflower is like 90% water, and you can see why it can actually help with weight loss.

How to make cauliflower Alfredo sauce

To start, steam about 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets. You can use fresh or frozen. You want to cook it until the cauliflower is very tender, at least 8-10 minutes. But don’t worry about over-cooking it, because that will just make for a smoother sauce. Set the cauliflower in a blender and pour 1 cup of the cooking water into the blender too.

Next you’ll lightly sauté minced garlic and add that to the blender. Finally, you can add some dairy-free milk, some olive oil or just more liquid to get the cauliflower Alfredo to your desired consistency.

Collage of the top view of the Brandless blender with the ingredients to make the alfredo sauce

The key to the creamy velvety sauce is having a strong and efficient blender that does all the work. It should take 30-60 seconds to get a smooth and creamy sauce. Be patient though if your blender needs more time. Make sure there are no chunks of cauliflower left over and that the sauce is homogenous.

And what you’ll get is a naturally gluten-free, paleo-friendly vegan Alfredo sauce. Now, I love mixing mine with fettuccine to make a healthy fettuccine Alfredo. Straight from the blender to a big pan of pasta – family style!

Collage of two images showing the pasta alone and then the sauce getting poured on top

But you can use the sauce in many other ways that don’t involve pasta at all! It’s rich, creamy, garlicky and really is a great stand-in for the original Alfredo sauce!

Collage of two images of the pan with the sauce on top and then sauce getting mixed

Tips for making Cauliflower Alfredo

  • Use frozen cauliflower if you prefer. This recipe works just the same with frozen cauliflower as it does with fresh cauliflower. And that even cuts the prep time.
  • Don’t over-cook the garlic. You want to cook the garlic on medium heat only for a couple minutes until it softens and becomes fragrant. It can become lightly brown in color, but don’t let the color deepen too much since burnt garlic will lend a bitter taste to the cauliflower Alfredo.
  • Replace the non-dairy milk with vegetable broth, olive oil or even more cooking water. The 5-6 cups of cauliflower florets will need about 1 and half cups of liquid. Feel free to add more based on your preference.
  • Add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. Just place it in the blender with the other ingredients and it will give it a cheesy flavor while still keeping the recipe vegan. You can also use any normal cheese you’d like. I recommend about ¼ cup.
Fettuccine alfredo with Brandless blender in background

Frequently asked questions

How long can you store the cauliflower Alfredo sauce?

If there are any leftover cauliflower sauce, make sure to allow it cool completely, then store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze cauliflower Alfredo?

Yes, you can freeze the cauliflower Alfredo as long as you don’t use any dairy in it. The dairy may separate when frozen with the sauce, which will make it unappealing.

Two bowls of fettuccine alfredo and forks

This vegan Alfredo sauce is a low-fat, low-calorie replacement for traditional homemade Alfredo sauce. Since it’s naturally gluten-free, diary-free and nut-free, it’s a great swap for many different dietary restrictions. Use it with pasta, chicken, vegetables or even pizza to add a rich creamy sauce without all the fat and calories!

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Cauliflower Alfredo

Cauliflower Alfredo sauce is a creamy vegan, gluten-free, nut-free homemade Alfredo sauce with less fat & less calories as compared with the original recipe
4.9 from 96 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Entree
Calories 360
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 18 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup plant-based milk or vegetable broth
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper or black pepper
  • 1 pound fettuccine or other pasta of choice

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of boiling water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 8-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Reserve 1 cup of the boiling water.
  • Heat the olive oil a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the minced garlic until soft and fragrant, but not browned, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked cauliflower to a blender. Add the sautéed garlic, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk, salt and pepper. Cover the vent in your blender lid with a thin kitchen towel to allow venting and puree until the sauce is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. If the sauce starts to look dry, add a few drops of water, milk, or olive oil.
  • Serve with cooked fettuccine

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 4-5 days in the fridge. 
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • To make it gluten-free, you can use any gluten-free pasta of your choice.
  • To make the sauce more creamy, you can use more milk and olive oil instead of the cauliflower cooking water.
  • Feel free to substitute the fresh garlic for garlic powder, although I definitely prefer the slightly sautéed garlic in here.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate for the sauce and 1 pound of fettuccine. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 456mg, Potassium: 446mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 47IU, Vitamin C: 41mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 2mg

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Final cauliflower alfredo tossed with fettuccine in a large pan

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  1. I love the idea about this recipe but it seriously lacks flavor I put in so much garlic and still it tasted so bland. I’ll continue to try to refine and make it taste better. It was just so incredibly bland and I even doubled the amount of garlic that I put in and even roasted it to bring out more taste.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that’s how it turned out! I recommend replacing some of the non-dairy milk with vegetable broth and adding nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, so it’s not too bland.

  2. This recipe was delicious. I added a few more spices to fit my liking, but this is a great base recipe for alfredo sauce. I would recommend 10 out 10!

  3. So simple, yet decadent. Not sure why I haven’t tried this before! A total do-over and thumbs up. This recipe can be tweaked many ways as well. Add some lemon juice, scallops, prawns and wow!

  4. Soo delicious! My dad is a cauliflower hater (sad) and I made this for him and he couldn’t even tell! In the sauce I added some nutritional yeast for an extra “cheese” flavor too, and it was awesome! Thank you Yumna for all of your wonderful recipients ☺️

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