This vegan protein rich chipotle Alfredo spaghetti recipe is a wonderfully spicy update to everyone's favorite noodle topper - perfect over pasta or spaghetti squash.
recipe originally published November 7, 2015
Vegan Chipotle Alfredo
Who doesn't love flavorful comfort food?
Perhaps with a little kick of spicy heat?
With this recipe, the spicy is up to you - totally easy to adjust the chipotle to your liking. Same with the noodles, really. I love Love LOVE pasta like anybody, you all know that.
I also love spaghetti squash, as a sort of noodle replacement while fully acknowledging that it really is not a noodle replacement at all. I get it. Anyway - if you can't do the alterna-noodle thing, this really does make a great Protein Rich Chipotle Alfredo Spaghetti as well.
With actual spaghetti noodles.
Those of you who DO like spaghetti squash, you can follow this recipe as is!
If you like your spaghetti squash long and noodle-y, the best way to prep a spaghetti squash is to cut them into discs before roasting. The spaghetti strands are longer this way, rather than cutting the squash in half lengthwise - you slice all the noodles in half that way.
Want more cauliflower? See this entire cauliflower recipe collection for more menu ideas!
The last couple spaghetti squash we have enjoyed have been so rich and buttery, all on their own. Then we topped them with this sauce? Oh my... serious comfort food.
Protein packed comfort food, at that!
I used my standard Garlic Bechamel Sauce as inspiration, then veered wildly away in a different direction to amp up the protein. Look at that pour photo - the result is a silky smooth, rich and creamy sauce with a spicy side.
I had some on my avocado toast one morning.
serious protein packed spicy comfort food!
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Protein Rich Chipotle Alfredo Spaghetti
Protein Rich Chipotle Alfredo Spaghetti - a wonderfully spicy update to everyone's favorite noodle topper - perfect over pasta or spaghetti squash!
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- ½ head cauliflower, diced small
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
- 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened cashew milk
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1-2 tablespoons* adobo sauce from canned chipotle (check the label for gluten!)
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Carefully cut spaghetti squash widthwise into 1 inch rounds, removing seeds. Place in single layer on baking sheet, bake at 375 °F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, flip each squash round over, return to oven and continue baking another 25 minutes.
- While squash is roasting, prepare the Alfredo sauce. In large saucepan, sauté onion in a bit of water for a few minutes. Add cauliflower and garlic, continue to sauté until softened, about ten minutes. Once onions are translucent and soft, add beans. Continue to cook over medium low heat. Add nutritional yeast, cashew milk, and vegetable broth, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer another 10 minutes.
- Remove Alfredo ingredients from heat, allow to cool slightly. Carefully transfer to blender, blend at highest speed until completely smooth. Return to saucepan over low heat.
- Stir in lemon juice, adobe from chipotle, salt and pepper. Continue to simmer over low heat for several minutes. Remove from heat and set aside - sauce will thicken as it cools.
- Remove spaghetti squash from oven, set aside a few minutes to cool before removing squash “noodles” from outer skin with a fork.
- To serve: plate spaghetti squash as you would pasta noodles, spoon / pour Chipotle Alfredo Sauce over top of squash. Garnish with fresh parsley, nutritional yeast.
- *adjust chipotle flavor for your heat preference - a little goes a long way
sauce inspired by Cashew Bechamel Sauce
dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan
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Serving Size:1 ¼ cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 13gSugar: 9gProtein: 15g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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Ellen Lederman says
This was delicious! So creamy. Added a bit more chipotles and some green peas for extra color and nutrition. Thanks!
Kristina Sloggett says
oh awesome, Ellen! so happy you enjoyed! (yes - color needed, I added asparagus the last time I made this!)