Meal, 2016-02-29

It doesn’t have to be cheesy to be creamy

Let’s face it, we are all suckers for cheese. White sauces are tasty but I often don’t feel great after eating them … They are heavy, full of flower and dairy. I wanted to find an alternative, so I had a look at the vegan cuisine. This recipe isn’t vegan but you can easily make it vegan by replacing the milk (try cashew milk!) and Parm with an alternative, such as nutritional yeast. You can also omit the cheese altogether.

Cauliflower is a great winter vegetable. It has a soft texture when boiled and it works splendidly in mash or stew. Using cauliflower as a base for this pasta sauce gives it a fluffy and creamy texture. I added a spoon of Parmesan, but this is completely optional. Make sure to season it very well through, otherwise it might taste bland. This sauce can be prepared with more vegetables if you want to add some greens. I also use this sauce in a lasagne, which does dry out the sauce a little, but it’s still yummy.

Jelena has been testing the Kitchenaid Artisan Magnetic Blender for her cocktails, but now it’s time for a sauce test. With its powerful 2.0 peak horsepower motor, the Magnetic Drive Blender effortlessly blends the toughest ingredients – ice, nuts, whole fruits and vegetables – into a very fine consistency.

How do you make it?

1. Wash the cauliflower and cut off the flowerets.

2. Boil the cauliflower in vegetable stock until tender enough to stick a fork in it with no resistance. Don’t discard the stock!

3. Slice the onion in rings. Peel and slice the garlic cloves.

4. Glaze the onion and garlic in some olive oil or butter in a pan.

5. Add one cup of vegetable stock to the blender along with the boiled cauliflower. You can use the broth you used to boil it in. This stock is also perfect to keep as a base for a soup, so keep the rest for another use.

6. Add the milk and cheese, don’t forget to season generously. Cauliflower has a very neutral taste so it does need some salt & pepper. I like to add nutmeg too to give it some punch. You could also add some oregano or other spices, depending on what you serve it with.

7. Turn on the Kitchenaid Magnetic Blender by turning the wheel to the soup setting. Press Start and wait until the texture is smooth and creamy. Don’t blend too long either. It shouldn’t be too runny.

7.  Serve with some pasta or use in an oven dish. Make sure to drain your pasta well before serving, you don’t want your creamy sauce to become runny. Last time I prepared some grilled broccoli to go with the pasta.