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Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Love is in the air. Next week is Valentine’s day and I was inspired to create a romantic dish for the occasion. What better way to show your love than to make a wonderful creamy Fettucine Alfredo and to have it “heart healthy” at the same time.

There is nothing in this delicious rich pasta sauce that is even remotely bad for you. The secret loving ingredient is the faithful cauliflower. This vegetable is a wonderous creation. Low calorie, crunchy when raw, perfect for dipping, smooth and creamy when cooked and pureed. I used brown rice pasta but if you wanted to take it even one step further in the health department you could use thinly sliced or  spiralized zucchini or other hard vegetable.

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

When I was dreaming up this dish, I had visions of lots of tiny red hearts sprinkled over the top. I would “cut” the hearts out of red peppers, simple…….not really. As you can see in the pictures the final result has three hearts. While they do look very nice, it is not exactly what I had in mind. These were more difficult than I imagined. Wether you make one, three or more, the thought is still the same, and, as they say, “it’s the thought that counts'”

Enjoy,

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Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettuccine Alfredo Amore

Serves  6

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1/2 Tblspn olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced or grated
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tblspn lemon juice
  • 2 tspns onion powder
  • 1/4 tspn ground black pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • 8oz dry fettuccine of choice, I used brown rice fettuccine
  • red pepper for garnish
  • parsley for garnish

Separate cauliflower into florettes. Place in large saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat on high until water begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 – 10 minutes until tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly before processing further.

Heat olive oil in pan on low and saute garlic very gently for 5 mins. Do not let garlic brown.

Add cauliflower, garlic, half the almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, onion powder, pepper and salt to food processor ( you may have to do this in two batches). Pulse, scrapping down sides until everything is incorporated. Slowly add the remaining almond milk and blend on high until completely smooth and creamy, approx 3 – 5 mins. Set aside.

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fill large pot with cold water, place on stove and bring to a boil over high heat. When water is boiling add dry pasta and cook according to directions on the packet.

Once cooked, drain and rinse.

If making red hearts, cut small piece of red pepper that is fairly flat. Using a sharp pointed knife, cut out hearts,

Add Alfredo sauce to drained pasta and toss together. Place serving on plate and top with red pepper hearts and parsley.

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Fettucccine Alfredo Amore

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 220 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.0g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholestero l0mg 0%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 41.2g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6.1g 24%
Sugars 3.6g
Protein 8.9g
Vitamin A   14% Vitamin C 123%
Calcium 12% Iron 14%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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