Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccine with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccini with Walnuts and Caramelized OnionsIt may not be very dietitian-like of me to say this but some days (okay, most days) I just want to stick my head in a big bowl of pasta. My husband, on the other hand, he’d be absolutely thrilled with a big bowl of salad any night of the week.

I should probably be ashamed to admit that my husband is the real salad lover in the family but, over the years, I’ve learned the way to get my husband on board with having pasta for dinner is by balancing those bowls-o-carby-goodness with veggie-heavy sauces, as well as protein and healthy fats like those found in walnuts.

Exhibit A: Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccine with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccini with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

If you’ve never had cauliflower cream sauce before, add it to your culinary bucket list. Lindsay from Pinch of Yum (one of my fave food blogs of all time) introduced me to it some time ago so thank you, Lindsay! For my take on her recipe, all you do is cook a head of cauliflower in a bit of broth, toss it into a food processor with a little sauteed garlic, stir in some milk (non-dairy for a vegan version) and BAM.

Now, drizzle this sauce over some piping hot fettuccini, caramelized onions, and a bunch of toasted walnuts and you got yourself one heck of a meal.

Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccini with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

Toasted walnuts add so much flavor, texture and nutritional goodness to this creamy pasta, you won’t even notice it’s meatless. Walnuts are one of only a handful of foods high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA for short), an important omega-3 fatty acid that research has linked with a decreased risk of heart disease. We know that ALA can be converted into heart-healthy EPA and DHA, the two essential fatty acids that occur naturally in fatty fish, but a rece
nt study
also suggests ALA may provide additional health benefits independent of those resulting from the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA. All the more reason to eat more walnuts!

In addition to providing essential omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are a convenient source of protein and fiber, both of which keep you feeling fuller, longer–a great reason to add them to foods like pasta and salads.

Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccini with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

The marriage of sweet, caramelized onions with creamy cauliflower sauce and meaty, toasted walnuts turns an average bowl of pasta into a deceivingly healthy and satisfying meatless main. This one is going to the top of my rotating list of favorites, for sure!

Creamy Cauliflower Fettuccini with Walnuts and Caramelized Onions

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