Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli and 1 cup cauliflower during last 2 minutes of cooking; drain.
Place flour in a large saucepan. Gradually add stock, stirring constantly with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Add remaining 2 cups cauliflower and garlic. Bring to a boil; cook 15 minutes or until very tender. Place cauliflower mixture in a blender. Add milk, butter, pepper, juice, salt, and 1 ounce cheese. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters); process until smooth. Return cauliflower mixture to pan over low heat. Add pasta mixture and lemon rind; toss well to coat noodles. Sprinkle with remaining 1 ounce cheese. Serve immediately.
Maybe it is because I used my immersion blender instead of a blender but the sauce wasn't smooth. My teenager loved this but my husband was just so/so. I did double the garlic and used some half and half I had on hand mixed with some 1% milk. I think there are better light alfredo recipes out there, so I doubt I'd make this one again. Glad I tried it though.
There is too much pepper - needs to be reduced by half. Also, in cooking the cauliflower for 15 min at medium heat, the stock evaporates and the flour sticks to the pan. Need to double the stock and flour to keep a reasonable amount of liquid available. Otherwise, a decent recipe.
If you are craving creamy pasta, this is it!! The cauliflower makes the sauce nice and creamy without extra cheese or heavy cream. I definitely recommend saving 1/2-1 cup of the pasta water before draining to add to the sauce to thin if necessary. Also, if you don't like spice, cut the black pepper to 1/4-1/2 teaspoon, it really adds a kick! Added chicken sausage for a little more protein.
This is a really good little recipe! It's rich and creamy, but not too much so. With the cauliflower in the sauce, it doesn't feel so heavy. Also, who doesn't love some cheese sauce coated broccoli? I think my favorite part is the fact that it actually takes 30 minutes!
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