Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce in a skillet.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy cauliflower sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and a touch of tomato paste.  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

It’s Spring…the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and my little meatballs are swimming!  Swimming in cream sauce, that is.  This Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce Recipe is easy, healthy(ish), and scrumptious.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy light pink sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of tomato paste.  Oh, and cream cheese because, well, it just tastes so darn good!

Dill gives this recipe a little somethin somethin.  It’s a fresh herby flavor somewhat similar to fennel, that brightens and lightens the meatballs and sauce so it’s perfect anytime of year.  While the Meatballs may be the Star of this dish, cauliflower is the Best Supporting Actor.  Not only to they give the creamy backdrop, they are so healthy for you!  Keep reading for more on this! 

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce in a skillet.  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy cauliflower sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and a touch of tomato paste.  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Cauliflower: A Kick-Ass Chameleon

If you follow my recipes, then you’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again…Cauliflower is one kick-ass veggie!  It’s not only versatile, it’s full of health benefits! While it’s low in calories and carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals. Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  It also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.

Cauliflower is also kick-ass because it can take on so many different roles in food, it’s sort of a chameleon!  It can be a steak, small meaty bites, a thick lush mash, or a smooth creamy sauce!

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

Ok, let’s get prepping!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEATBALLS IN CAULIFLOWER DILL CREAM SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

We begin and end this recipe with Cauliflower.  It will cook more evenly and quicker if it is in small pieces.  So, chop or food-process the raw cauliflower into small small pieces, then cook it with water in a large skillet.

FI use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  

Cauliflower Chopped and in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Cauliflower Chopped and cooked in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

To the blender, add the cooked cauliflower, garlic, chicken base, cream cheese, milk. Pulse and then blend until smooth. Last, add in the Dill and pulse just until incorporated.

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Next up…Meatballs!  Chop the dill and slice the scallion for the meatballs., then add to a large mixing bowl with the ground beef. Also add the Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper and mix all of the ingredients together.All Meatball ingredients in bowl for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinnerI like to use a tablespoon measuring spoon so that all meatballs are the same size.  You re looking for roughly 1″ diameter.  Place each meatball on a baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum and put meatballs in the fridge until ready to cook.

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COOK YOUR MEATBALLS IN CAULIFLOWER DILL SAUCE 

Preheat a large skillet on high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with a tbsp of olive oil and then add the meatballs. Cook until browned, a couple minutes on all sides.

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Add the cream sauce and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.

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Serve over rice or with a crusty bread. ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Meatballs in Cauliflower Cream Dill Sauce

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce are easy, healthy-ish, and delicious!  The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy light pink sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of tomato paste.  Oh, and cream cheese because, well, every sauce just tastes better with cream cheese!  #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, family dinner, healthy dinner, healthy recipes, Meatballs, spring recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 25 Meatballs

Ingredients

Cauliflower Dill Sauce

  • 2 cups Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Dill
  • 1 tsp Chicken Base
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Meatballs

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Dill
  • 1 Scallion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Chop or blend the raw cauliflower into small small pieces.  Place in a medium skillet with the water and cook on medium-high heat. stirring frequently until all of the water is absorbed and cooks off, about 5-7 minutes.

    Cauliflower Chopped and cooked in a large skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. The cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Rougn chop the garlic cloves or mince.  To the blender, add the cooked cauliflower, garlic, chicken base, cream cheese, milk.  Pulse and then blend until smooth.  Last, add in the Dill and pulse just until incorporated.

    Blended Cauliflower cream sauce in blender for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Chop the dill and slice the scallion for the meatballs.

  4. Make Meatballs by adding the ground beef to a large mixing bowl.  Then add the Parmesan, egg, salt, pepper, dill, and scallion to the beef.  Mix all of the ingredients into the beef.  

    All Meatball ingredients in bowl for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  5. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out the meat mixture and roll into balls.  Place each meatball on a baking sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum and put meatballs in the fridge until ready to cook.  

Cook

  1. Preheat a large skillet on high heat.  Coat the bottom of the pan with a tbsp of olive oil and then add the meatballs.  Cook until browned, a couple minutes on all sides.

    Flipping meatballs over in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  2. Add the cream sauce and stir to combine.  Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes.

    Cooked meatballs in skillet for Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner
  3. Serve just like this with a salad or over rice or with a crusty bread.  Enjoy!

    Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce on plate with fork and skillet in background. The Meatballs are in a creamy cauliflower sauce with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Recipe Notes

Makes 25 Small one-inch Meatballs

 

Italian Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles

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Italian sausage, cauliflower cream, and cherry tomato pasta on white plate on counter with wood spoon. Parsley and tomatoes on counter and bowl in background.

This Italian Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodle recipe has homemade garlic and herb filled turkey  sausage with bright and fresh cherry tomatoes in a rich and creamy non-dairy cauliflower cream sauce – YUM!  You could just eat it with a spoon…maybe right out of the pan…I’m just sayin’.  However, to make it more civilized, the recipe suggests to mix it with light and airy, thin rice noodles that soak up every last bit of the sauce for the perfect bite!

Italian Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles brings together two of my recent recipes into one new amazing creation!

  1. It includes homemade Turkey Italian Sausage that I first posted in my Chicago Style Pizza recipe. The turkey Italian sausage tastes amazing and very close the traditional pork sausage with garlic, fresh parsley, and fennel seed.
  2. It has cauliflower cream.  A couple weeks back I posted Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine, which was vegetarian, but meat lovers can enjoy this creamy dairy-free delight too!

And so, I bring you my latest recipe, Italian Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ITALIAN SAUSAGE & CAULI-CREAM NOODLES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming.  Here is my recommendation for making dinner easier: make your own kits!  On Sunday, prep all of the ingredients and components for 3 meals and store them in the fridge on meal-specific pans or bowls.  Then on the night you cook, everything is ready to go!  You will need 1 gallon bags and sandwich-size bags.

  • 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.

  • 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. Note: leave the center of the lip off and cover with a towel to let steam escape and avoid a cauli-explosion.  Pour the cauliflower cream into a storage container.

  • Chop 4 Tbls Parsley.  Place 1 tbls in a small baggie for garnish.  The remaining 3 tbls will go into the turkey sausage.
  • Make the turkey Italian Sausage.  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, 1 tsp of fennel seed, 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp fresh ground pepper.  Mix to combine.  Place the raw meat in a sealed bag.

  • Make the rice noodles and store in a gallon bag.
  • Place the raw turkey sausage, the cauliflower cream, cherry tomatoes, chopped parsley, and rice noodles on a sheet pan or large bowl in the fridge so everything is kept together for the cooking night.

LET’S COOK:

First, rinse the cherry tomatoes and cut each in half.  Set aside.

Cook the turkey in a large pan.  As the meat sears, break it up into bite-size pieces with a spatula or spoon.

Pour in the cauliflower cream sauce and stir to combine the flavors, scraping the bottom of the pan for all of the brown-goodness and mixing the sausage into the sauce.

Next add in the halved cherry tomatoes and stir gently to combine. You will only be slightly cooking the tomatoes as you want to retain that fresh burst of flavor in this dish.

Last, place the cooked noodles back in a strainer and rinse with warm water.  Rice noodles tend to stick together when chilled, so you want to loosen them before adding them to the sauce so that you don’t break them into pieces as you mix.  Once the noodles have regained life and are pliable, add them to the sauce in the skillet. Stir to combine.

Plate, garnish with parsley and enjoy!
😍Carrie

Italian Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles

This Italian Turkey Sausage Cauli-Cream Noodles recipe is a gluten-free & guilt-free, creamy, decadent, delicious pasta dish.  It has 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.  Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free.

Course Main Course
Keyword cauliflower, cauliflower cream, dinner, ground chicken, ground turkey, healthy dinner, healthy recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 565 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Cream Sauce

  • 3 cups Cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth

Italian Sausage

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey or Chicken 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 or Grape 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. Note: leave the center of the lip off and cover with a towel to let steam escape and avoid a cauli-explosion

  3. Add 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper and test to see if additional salt is needed. The chicken broth will add a salty flavor, so it may not be required.  Pour the cauliflower cream into a storage container or jar.

  4. Chop 4 Tbls Parsley. Place 1 tbls in a small baggie for garnish. The remaining 3 tbls will go into the turkey sausage.

  5. 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, 1 tsp of fennel seed, 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp fresh ground pepper. Mix to combine.  Store in a large (gallon) storage bag.

  6. 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.  Store in a large (gallon) storage bag.

  7. Place the raw turkey sausage, the cauliflower cream, cherry tomatoes, chopped parsley, and rice noodles on a sheet pan or large bowl in the fridge so everything is kept together for the cooking night.

Cook:

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. Place the cooked noodles back in a strainer and rinse with warm water. Rice noodles tend to stick together when chilled, so you want to loosen them before adding them to the sauce so that you don’t break them into pieces as you mix. Once the noodles have regained life and are pliable, add them to the sauce in the skillet. Stir to combine.

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

    Noodles with cauliflower cream sauce, sausage, and tomatoes on white plate on counter with tomatoes, parsley, and spoon on counter