Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine

Pasta with spinach, asparagus, cauliflower sauce in bowl on blue towel

Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine is bright and creamy and perfect for Spring.  With Spinach blended into the sauce and bites of Asparagus, you get the creaminess and the texture all in one fabulous dish.  Cauliflower Cream Sauce is truly a chameleon. It can take on any flavor that you add to it.  With the green veggies, this Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine recipe takes a comforting cream sauce to the next level.  Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian.

Cauliflower is so Versatile!

Another great way to use Cauliflower is to make Cauliflower Rice or Cauliflower Steaks!  If you haven’t tried these little wonders, you really should.  Cauliflower is a chameleon and can REALLY taste like rice!

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Easy Prep!

The recipe begins with about 3 cups of cauliflower florets, which are steamed in a large pot with some water.

You then puree the cauliflower in a blender with some water and Vegetable Base. I love to use Better Than Bouillon; Vegetable Base (8 oz).  It has a rich, deep flavor, keeps so well in the refrigerator.  It’s so versatile, I can add it to a variety of soups, sauces, and marinades.

Then you saute garlic and spinach.  Here, I have recently been introduced to Dorot Gardens Frozen Garlic Cubes. I LOVE these!  I prefer to use fresh garlic whenever possible.  But let’s face it, there are times (perhaps often🙄) when we are just so busy that we forget to buy fresh garlic.  Dorot Gardens gives you frozen pre-portioned garlic cubes that you keep in the freezer.  I tried it in this recipe and I’m telling you, it tasted just like fresh garlic that I had just minced.

Once the spinach is wilted, add it with the garlic to the cauliflower cream and pulse the blender to incorporate it into the sauce.  Pulse so that it blends, but not completely purees.  You still want to see the spinach bits and pieces.

For the ‘Fettuccini’ in this recipe, I LOVE to use Wide Rice Noodles, such as Taste Of Thai Noodle Rice gluten free Extra wide, 16 oz.

After making the noodles and straining them, as well as roasting the asparagus, add the noodles back to the pot.   Pour over the Green Cauliflower Cream Sauce.

Last mix in the asparagus, saving some to put on top once plated.

I hope you try this wonderful Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine!!

Italian Turkey Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles

This Italian Turkey Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles recipe is a healthier version of the flavors we love.  Homemade Italian Sausage with ground white meat turkey and a dairy-free cream sauce made from cauliflower. Then a burst of fresh flavor from cherry tomatoes.  Gluten-Free Rice noodles are fine like angel air and really soak up all of the creamy deliciousness in every bite.  This a guilt-free, creamy, decadent, delicious pasta dish.  Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Cream Sauce

  • 3 cups Cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth

Italian Sausage

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey, lean breast, free range, raised without antibiotics
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 4 Tbls Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other

  • 8-10 oz Cherry Tomatoes
  • 8 oz Vermicelli, Rice Noodles

Instructions

Prep Ahead to make your Kit:

  1. Place the cauliflower florets in a medium sauce pot and fill with water to about 1/3 as high as the florets.  Cover and turn the stove to medium heat.  Water should come up to a boil and cook with cover on for 8-10 minutes.  Turn off heat and let sit for another few minutes.

  2. Test the florets with a fork to make sure they are fall-apart tender.  Then strain out the water and transfer to a blender.  Add 1 cup chicken broth and blend until smooth.  Add salt & pepper to taste.  Note: leave the center of the lip off and cover with a towel to let steam escape and avoid a cauli-explosion.  Pour into a storage container.

  3. Chop 4 Tbls Parsley.  Place 1 tbls in a small baggie for garnish.  The remaining 3 tbls will go into the turkey sausage. 
  4. Mince 2 cloves garlic.  Add the Ground Turkey to a large mixing bowl.  To the turkey, add the minced garlic, 3 Tbls of the chopped parsley (save 1 tbls for garnish), 1 tsp of fennel seed, 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp fresh ground pepper.  Mix to combine.  Place in a gallon bag for storing in the fridge.

  5. Make the Rice Noodles in a very large pot for lots of room, as rice noodles are starchy and can stick together if the pot is too small.  When you add the noodles to the boiling water, stir frequently until they start to soften to ensure the noodles do not stick.  Strain the noodles and rinse really good to wash away excess starch.  Store in a large baggie.

Cook:

  1. Rinse the cherry tomatoes and cut each in half.  Set aside until later.

  2. To a preheated pan, add 1 tbls extra virgin olive oil.  Add the Italian Sausage Turkey mixture.  Break apart the meat and let it sear.  

  3. Continue to break it up into bite-size pieces and let it brown on all sides, about 8 minutes total cooking time.

  4. Pour the cauliflower cream sauce over the cooked turkey sausage in the pan and stir to combine heat up the sauce again.  Add the halved cherry tomatoes and stir to combine and heat.  Note, the tomatoes will only lightly cook which keeps the bright, fresh, bursting flavor in this dish!

  5. Place the cooked noodles back in a strainer and rinse with warm water. Once the noodles have regained life and are pliable, add them to the sauce in the skillet. Stir to combine.

  6. Plate the pasta, sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley.  Enjoy!!

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