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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli, Capers, and Lemon

Fettucine Alfredo with Broccoli and Capers

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, the day when everyone in America suddenly wants to be just like me – or at least, they want to be Irish!

True, Americans have some very odd ideas about what being Irish means. The celebration basically comes down to wearing green, pinching people who don’t wear green, drinking beer, demanding kisses, and eating either Irish stew and colcannon or – anything green.

So … Coming up this week are a few green recipes for you!

Let’s start with fettuccine alfredo with broccoli. I’ve always thought of this as an amusing little dish. Fettuccine Alfredo is basically butter, noodles, eggs, butter, cream, butter, cheese, and butter – and oh, a little salt and pepper and nutmeg. (Of course, I’m sure its original incarnation in Italy was considerably lighter than the American version – we do take things to unrecognizable extremes here.) At some point someone looked at this dish and said, “Faith and Begorrah! It’s just fat, calories, and cholesterol – a heart attack in a bowl!” The simple solution, of course, was to add something green – a few sprigs of broccoli. Magically, the dish was then healthy!

This vegan version really is healthy. Still lots of carb-y pasta and a creamy-dreamy sauce, but much, much lower in fat, calories – AND cholesterol-free! (As well as cruelty-free.) Plus, it’s fast and easy. What more could someone ask for in a comfort food?

Ingredients for Fettucine Alfredo with Broccoli and Capers:

1 Large Crown Broccoli

8 Oz. (Half Package) Fettuccine

1 pkg Silken Tofu

1/8 Cup Olive Oil

1/8 Cup White Wine (Optional)

1/4 Cup Favorite Cooking “Milk”

1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast

3 Cloves Garlic, roughly chopped

1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Juice of 1 Small Lemon or 1/2 Large Lemon

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

2 Tablespoons Capers

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Salt, to taste

Directions for Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Capers:

Put a large saucepan of water on to boil for the pasta.

Chop the broccoli into small, bite-sized florets. Rinse well under several changes of running water.

At about this time, your pasta water come to a boil. Boil the fettuccine according to package directions. Steam the broccoli in another pot, about 7 minutes or until bright green and still firm. Do not overcook, as it will cook more in the sauce.

Steamed Broccoli

While broccoli and pasta are cooking, make the sauce. You can use a blender or a food processor, whatever you have on hand – I used my mini food processor. Add the tofu, olive oil, white wine (if using), “milk”, nutritional yeast, garlic, onion powder, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.

Alfredo Sauce in Food Processor

When broccoli is done, remove broccoli and steamer insert from pot. Add sauce, capers, and a generous grind of black pepper. Add the broccoli. Gently heat until the sauce is just lightly bubbling. Taste the sauce with a piece of broccoli – do you need to add more lemon? Salt? (The capers lend some saltiness, but with broccoli I usually have to add a little salt anyway.) More black pepper?

Broccoli in Pasta Sauce

Drain pasta when done. Add to the sauce once the sauce is warm and bubbly and stir gently.

Broccoli Fettucine In Pot

Dish into pasta bowls and enjoy – guilt free!

Fettucine Alfredo with Broccoli and Capers 2

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6 Responses »

  1. As usual, this dish seems to be a wonderful concoction of food and it is very attractive. I like your giving instructions as to how not to over cook broccoli. Great!

  2. We decided to make this for our Easter Dinner, it was absolutely divine! This is my new favorite recipe! Thank you for posting!

  3. All your recipes are amazing, I’m drooling and ‘liking’ everything! Sorry for the spam lol 🙂

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