Cauliflower is the hero vegans deserve – rice, steaks, sauces – it does it all! A truly versatile ingredient, it easily takes on the flavour of marinades and sauces, and adds a certain 'bite' to dishes when cooked correctly.
Creamy Alfredo With Roasted Sprouts [Vegan]
- 1 large cauliflower – trimmed into florets (keep the core and leaves for roasting – they're delicious)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1.2 cups Brussels sprouts – halved
- 3 cloves garlic
- 4 cups tagliatelle
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 400°F and put a pan of water on to boil.
- Add the cauliflower, reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes until it starts to soften.
- While the cauliflower is cooking, toss the sprouts in a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them face-down on a roasting tray along with the garlic cloves and cook for 10 minutes. You could roast the cauliflower leaves and core at the same time!
- Once the cauliflower is cooked, drain it but reserve the water it was cooked in – this will be used to water down the sauce, and cook the pasta in – to save water and washing up!
- Set aside a cup (or so) of the cauliflower cooking water just in case you need it for the sauce, then bring the rest back up to a boil and cook the tagliatelle – follow the instructions on the packet for how long to cook it for. It's usually around 10 minutes.
- Put the cauliflower, Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, milk and a good helping of salt and black pepper in a blender.
- Peel the roasted garlic and chuck it in the blender too, then blend everything until smooth – if it's looking a bit thick, add some of the water that the cauliflower was cooked in a little bit at a time. The sauce should be pretty thick so that it clings to the pasta, but still be somewhat runny.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it back to the empty pan.
- Add the sprouts, then pour the sauce over and give everything a good stir so that everything is coated in the sauce.
- That's it – get stuck in to your vegan Alfredo and let us know what you think!