A healthier and lighter alfredo option


Cauliflower Alfredo Base

  • 1 small head of cauliflower cut into chunks
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 diced medium-sized shallot
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Cauliflower Alfredo Cheese

  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese thinly grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese


  • 1 dozen medium shrimp (approximately 2 cups)

Finishing Touches

  • 1 handful of fresh chopped basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 box of pasta of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cauliflower Alfredo with Shrimp and Basil


  • Take your box of pasta and cook per the directions on the box. Set a timer to ensure the noodles don’t get overcooked; when done, drain and set aside.
  • Next, take your shrimp and place in a steamer basket and cook until they turn pink after a few minutes; turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Take all the ingredients for your cauliflower alfredo base and place into a medium-sized stock pot. Place the pot on the stove on medium heat and cover; allow the base mixture to become “fork tender.”
  • When “fork tender,” take the base, put it in a blender, and purée.
  • Return the puréed mixture back to the stock pot over low heat.
  • Add in the cheese and stir until melted.
  • When done, pour the alfredo mixture over the noodles and add in your shrimp.
  • Take your fresh basil and sprinkle it on top.
  • Add lemon zest and extra parmesan cheese to taste!

You can feel comfortable swapping out the shrimp for chicken or even extra vegetables without any additional modifications.

About the author

Amber Franklin

Born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, I’m a formally trained professional Chef, currently fully occupied as a mom to my two young children, balancing my love for food with the challenges of motherhood. My passion for cooking started with making traditional Mexican dishes aside my great-grandmother. While we did not share a common spoken language, we shared the love language of cooking. Trained in savory cooking techniques, I spent most of my professional career as a cake decorator and chocolatier. Currently, I continue my passion for cooking from my home into the world through social media.

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1 Comment

  • This looks delicious-love the idea of adding cauliflower to the sauce to make it healthier. On my menu for next week!

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