This Creamy Cauliflower Pine Nut Sauce is perfect for pastas and pizza sauce! Super simple, quick and versatile. We were in the mood for pasta, but didn’t want another cashew based sauce. We wanted to be more creative than using nuts. Knowing we had a huge cauliflower head in the fridge we decided to experiment and make this amazing sauce!
How to Steam Cauliflower
This recipe calls for steamed cauliflower. If you have raw, uncooked cauliflower handy it’s best to cut the cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Be sure to remove the thickest parts of the stem.
Add the cauliflower to a large pot with about 2 tablespoons of water. After, set at medium heat and cover the pot with a lid. This will allow the water to turn to steam and cook the cauliflower. Be sure to mix the cauliflower once in a while, to prevent it from burning when the water gets low.
To tell when the cauliflower is ready, stick a fork through the cauliflower/ stem. If the fork passes through easily then the cauliflower is cooked. If not, feel free to add more water to the pot and steam longer.
Using Frozen Cauliflower
Most frozen cauliflower has already been steamed. Allow the cauliflower to thaw by placing it in a pot with light amounts of water, and allow the vegetable to defrost. Then it will be ready for use.
How to Toast Pine Nuts
Using only 7 ingredients (not including salt and pepper), this sauce can be whipped up in less than 20 minutes.
An important thing to note, pine nuts taste wayyyy better when toasted.
Pine nuts contain lots of oil and have a low smoking point. Meaning that it’s really easy to burn pine nuts. Which is unfortunate because they can be pretty expensive.
For this recipe we use a dry skillet and toast the nuts using a medium low heat. This should only take about 3 minutes.
It’s important to look for the golden brown color to know when they are done toasting.
The pine nuts can also be left raw if desired. This may have a slightly more bitter taste, but will provide more nutritious benefits.
This recipe can be nut free. Simply remove the pine nuts, and you’ve still got an amazing creamy, white sauce.
This sauce was made specifically with pasta in mind. If you get creative and use this sauce for something other than pasta, lettuce know!
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