Spaghetti Sauce with Cauliflower
There's no meat in this hearty tomato-based pasta sauce--but there is a lot of flavorful browned cauliflower, sweet onion, and garlic.
Multigrain spaghetti, broccoli florets, and red bell pepper are served in a creamy veggie-cheese sauce for this easy, nutritious weeknight meal.
Cauliflower florets are simmered in a cheesy tomato sauce, then are finished under the broiler with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese for a fresh and easy side dish.
I only used one can of crushed and one small can of tomato sauce.....no water. It was great and my kids ate every bit and asked for more. (I have a picky eater who would not have tried it knowing the cauliflower was an ingredient) We definitely will try this again!!
I was looking for a recipe to make use of a head of cauliflower and found this. Incredibly simple and healthy. A great lighter sauce perfect for vegetarians. Per other peoples reviews I added more seasonings (dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and some locatelli cheese as I normally do to my meat sauce). I also used one can whole tomatos and two cans tomato sauce as I just like the viscosity of my sauces better this way, but I feel the only flaw of the sause is its overwhelming tomato taste, id maybe only use one can of paste next time. Finally I added sliced mushrooms, as I'm a mushroom nut. Highly recommend this dish.
As mentioned in other reviews, the sauce tasted too acidic and didn't have enough texture. I ended up adding sugar and salt which seemed to help. I also cooked up a bunch of veggies to add to the pasta as I found the sauce didn't have enough cauliflower.
Given the submitter's claims, I was expecting the cauliflower to add more interest and texture to this sauce than it actually did. Can you tell there is no ground beef? Absolutely! (but that's not much of a surprise). It IS a great idea as a budget stretcher and a very good way to get more veggies in. It was very bland but that is easily remedied and the texture of the sauce could easily be improved as well by using less crushed tomatoes and more diced tomatoes with tomato paste. I would make this recipe again with tweaks.
I used this recipe as a base though only half of it. I used a California veggie mix, 1 large can of diced tomatoes and the remnants of a jar of basil pesto. I added meatballs to this and served over spaghetti. It's very runny so I mixed in 1/2 cup at least of Parm to help thicken and season, in addition to a couple of spices. Would be better to thicken with tomato paste, but I didn't have any. We liked it.
This was very difficult to rate. For creativity, definitely 5 stars. We all liked it and it is healthy too. But I don't think you can confuse it with a meat sauce. One reviewer suggested adding tomato paste and more seasoning. I would agree with that. Only giving 3 stars but maybe it should be 3.5 or 3.75. I would make it again.
The simplicity of this spaghetti sauce emphasizes the flavor of fresh tomatoes, which are simmered for 1 hour in this easy weeknight recipe.