Cauliflower Alfredo pasta

Try this Alfredo that’s just as delicious as the real deal, even without the butter, cream, and cheese.

Cauliflower Alfredo pasta

This creamy vegan Alfredo sauce is surprisingly easy to make and tastes incredibly rich and flavorful, just like the classic version. Plus, it's free from butter, cream, and cheese, making it a healthy and delicious option for everyone.

This recipe is a family favorite, and it's so simple to prepare that it's perfect for busy weeknight meals. Here's a tip: Make a double batch and freeze the sauce in portions for easy lunches or dinners. Just boil pasta, add some kale (or your favorite veggie!), and heat up the sauce for a quick and satisfying meal.

For picky eaters, chopping the kale very finely helps it blend in with the sauce. You can also use different whole-grain or bean-based pastas to keep things interesting. To add an extra cheesy touch, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top, or use nutritional yeast powder to keep the recipe entirely plant-based.

Servings: 8


  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 to 5 cups cauliflower (1 small head)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 16 ounces whole-wheat or bean-based pasta (fettuccine, fusilli, or your favorite kind)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. Boil a large pot of water.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add cauliflower and cashews to boiling water. Cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower and cashews to a blender. Leave the water in the pot.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until pasta is al dente. Add kale last 1 minute of pasta cooking. Drain pasta and kale and return to pot.
  5. Add lemon juice, miso, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and 1 cup of water to blender and process until smooth.
  6. Add sauce to pasta and stir until well coated. Top with breadcrumb mixture. Enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Total fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 380 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 54 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Total sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 13 g