After I made a healthier version of classic alfredo sauce 2 months ago, I had dreams at night (or you can call them nightmares) of how I was making different variations of that recipe, torturing myself with endless combinations of ingredients I could combine with that amazing cauliflower-based alfredo sauce. And, what do you think, did I come up with a super original recipe after all those sleepless nights? Not at all. I came up with something pretty basic but yet so delicious in its simplicity that I definitely call it another win in a “healthy food department”!
Because shrimp and sauteed mushrooms usually go so well with the original alfredo sauce, I just combined all these wonderful ingredients together in one healthy dish: shrimp, mushrooms, sweet peas, pasta – all coated in a creamy cauliflower sauce! Yum! Definitely worth trying!
This shrimp fettuccine alfredo is rich only in flavor, but not at all in calories! In fact, a whole pan of this sauce uses only 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, everything else being replaced by very finely mashed cauliflower, mixed with sauteed shallots and garlic for more flavor and fragrance.
Loaded with mushroom flavor, this dish will leave you fully satisfied, yet you will not feel like you just ate a heavy meal loaded with heavy cream or cheese.
Please enjoy this healthier version of alfredo sauce, made even better by adding shrimp, sauteed mushrooms, and sweet peas!
Healthy fettuccine alfredo with cauliflower sauce, shrimp, mushrooms, and sweet peas
Total time: 1 hour
- 1 big cauliflower floret
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 shallots, minced, or 2 tablespoons of minced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup (up to 1/2 cup) heavy cream
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano) or more
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups fresh shelled peas (or use frozen)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 pound dried fettuccine pasta
- fresh parsley, for garnish, optional
Ingredients for shrimp:
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 22 (count) peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder