Vegan Test Kitchen: “Kate Middleton’s Pasta Alfredo” from Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen

If you don’t know this yet, I love pasta.  Large pasta, tiny pasta, squiggly pasta and lasagna noodles.  My life would be a sad, terrible place without slurpy spaghetti and shells drowning in creamy sauce.  Pasta is for me what cheese is to most people.  I say things about pasta like, “I could never give it up” and “I would die without it!”  I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, so I was excited when I came across Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen.  Kate Middleton’s Pasta Alfredo immediately caught my eye.  I’m ever so glad it did.
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
The magical ingredient in the cream sauce is CAULIFLOWER.  I know, how crazy is that?!  I’ve heard of level 5 vegans making cream sauce from cauliflower before, but I never imagined it would be so simple.  All it takes is a little roasting and the cauliflower turns mellow and sweet.  The secret to roasting without oil is simple – parchment paper.  If you use foil, you have to apply cooking spray so that the veggies don’t stick.  Parchment paper eliminates the need for cooking spray, as well as any oil drizzle over the vegetables.
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
The recipe calls for brown rice pasta shells, but I couldn’t find any at my local grocery store.  What I got instead were these fun little pastas that look like thumbprints.  Their texture was just perfect!  Normally I use whole wheat noodles, but these looked so unique I couldn’t pass them up!
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
If you don’t have Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen, you can find the recipe for Kate Middleton’s Pasta Alfredo HERE.  I made a few modifications to the original recipe, which I’ve listed below:
-I used cashew milk instead of almond milk.  I find it has a more neutral taste and is my go-to milk for almost everything now.
-I added half a bag of frozen peas (steamed gently for a few minutes) and a few giant handfuls of spinach.  I can’t eat pasta without VEGGIES!
-I added a bit more salt and pepper than the recipe called for.  And a few small shakes of smoked paprika.  The sauce was a bit plain for my taste, like it was missing that extra “something” to make it sparkle.  Nothing a few dashes of extra seasoning can’t fix!
-The recipe calls for 12 ounces of cauliflower.  I tried to pick a smallish head, since I don’t have a scale.  It also calls for “one onion,” but doesn’t say what size.  I used two small yellow onions and the sauce came out just fine.
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
I would definitely make this recipe again.  The cream sauce is excellent with pasta, and the addition of peas and spinach made it a complete meal.  Another Vegan Test Kitchen success!
Kate Middleton's Pasta Alfredo
Vegan Test Kitchen is a way to share my collection of vegan cookbooks with you, my wonderful readers!  This way, you can “try before you buy” on many recipes from the best vegan chefs out there.  

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