Fettuccini Alfredo ala cukes and cauli

I’m in a whole new world! A world full of¬†cooked foods that is… and it’s Amazing! ūüôā After a few weeks of just raw fruits and veggies, you have no idea how delicious cooked food can be! I love everything about it, including this dish, which is also amazing! This Fettuccini Alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe will definitely be in the regular rotation. It’s a much healthier twist on a traditional pasta recipe. Instead of glutinous pasta noodles, I use easy to digest and nutritious cucumber noodles. Instead of a caloric, rue-based sauce, I used bone broth and cauliflower.

A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

Who would have thought that cucumbers and cauliflower could end up tasting like the traditional butter-laden, gluten-full Fettuccine Alfredo? But it works! And I’m stoked. The cauliflower adds a creamy texture and the broth adds a very savory flavor. The¬†cucumber noodles also hold the sauce surprisingly well.¬†This is a great grain-free, dairy-free replacement to a classic dish.

Spiralized Cucumber Noodles: A healthy twist on a favorite: "Fettucini alfredo" ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

I used homemade¬†chicken broth for this “Fettuccini Alfredo” ala cukes and cauli recipe. It is pretty easy and quick to make: just throw any leftover herbs, veggies and chicken into the pot and boil for about 40-45 minutes while the magic happens. You can use this homemade vegetable broth recipe and add one chicken neck and back or add 2 chicken drumsticks. For this dish to have the full butter-mimicking effect it does, you need to make sure and add some salt to the broth.

 

A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner  A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

Well, we for one, are hooked. The recipe is already Paleo friendly. If you have vegetarians or vegans in the house, this can be made vegan pretty easily by substituting oyster mushrooms for shrimp and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

A healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinnerA healthy twist on a favorite: Fettucini alfredo ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner

–Fettuccini Alfredo ala cukes and cauli Recipe —

Ingredients:

  • cucumbers, 2
  • cauliflower, 1/2 head
  • broth, 2 cups (vegetable or chicken – I used chicken)
  • shallot, 1 clove
  • shrimp, 1 lb (or oyster mushrooms¬†to make vegan)
  • parsley, 1 handful plus extra to garnish
  • garlic, 1 clove
  • olive oil, 2 tbsp
  • salt and pepper

Tools:

  • spiralizer

Directions:

  • spiralize the cucumbers to create cucumber noodles. Set aside
  • steam 1/2 head cauliflower for 15 minutes, until tender
  • finely dice parsley and garlic. Add to uncooked shrimp and toss to coat evenly. set aside
  • slice and saute the shallot in olive oil until the shallot are tender and the edges slightly browned.
  • cut the cauliflower into manageable chunks for your food processor. blend cauliflower until smooth. ¬†Add salt and pepper and sauteed shallots. Add broth 1/2 cup at a time until smooth.
  • place skillet on medium-high heat. add oil once warm. once oil is hot (water will sizzle) add shrimp (or mushrooms) and saute until light pink and slightly reduced in size, about 10-15 minutes.¬†¬†remove and set aside
  • add cucumber noodles to skillet on medium heat for 2 minutes or just until warmed
  • mix cauliflower sauce and noodles together in bowl to evenly coat. plate¬†“alfredo” coated noodles evenly on two plates. top with sauteed shrimp and garnish with fresh ground pepper and parsley.

 

 

A healthy twist on a favorite: "Fettucini alfredo" ala cukes and cauli recipe uses nourishing bone broth & veggies for gluten free, dairy free pasta dinner