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Quick Easy Cauliflower Alfredo with Pickled Lentils and Black Bean Fettuccine
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

A comforting, rich and creamy WFPB Alfredo sauce that's packed full of veggies and flavor.

Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Michael Monson
For the Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo:
  • 8 ounces raw or frozen cauliflower
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) water
  • 2 teaspoons “No Chicken” flavored Better Than Bouillon or vegan bouillon of choice (enough to make 2 cups of broth)
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) raw sunflower seeds or raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch red pepper flake
For serving:
  • 8 ounces black bean fettuccine or bean-based pasta of choice
  • ½ cup pickled black lentils (recipe below)
  • 8 ounces broccoli or sprouting broccoli
To cook the Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo (Instant Pot directions):
  1. Add all of the Easy Cauliflower Alfredo Ingredients to your Instant Pot. Secure the lid, and make sure that the release valve is set to pressurize. Set the cook time for 4 minutes. When the time is up, carefully quick-release the pressure. Proceed to blending directions.
To cook the Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo (stovetop directions):
  1. To a medium-sized saucepan, add the Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo ingredients. Bring the water or a broth to a simmer. Turn the stove to low, cover the pot with a lid, and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes. Check the cauliflower for doneness, and continue to cook until it is starting to fall apart. Proceed to blending directions.

Blending the Easy Cauliflower Alfredo:
  1. CAUTION! Carefully add the contents of the Instant Pot to a high-speed blender. (Note: If you are using a Bullet-style blender, it’s best to wait until the mixture is cooled down before blending.) Make sure that the top of your blender can vent excess steam, and use a towel to cover up the hole so that the HOT mixture doesn’t splash you. Start the blender on low, and gradually increase the speed until it is on high. Blend for 1 minute until the sauce is rich and creamy. If it feels more like baby food than Alfredo sauce, keep blending. Taste for seasoning.
To serve:
  1. Prepare 8 ounces of dry pasta according to package directions.
  2. Preheat the oven or air-fryer to 400 degrees F. Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, and slightly browned.
  3. Toss cooked pasta and a few tablespoons of pickled lentils with the Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo sauce. Top each serving with a bit more pickled lentils, and serve with charred broccoli on the side.