Cauliflower Tagliatelle Alfredo {Stinky but Delicious}

I can’t stand cauliflower. What’s wrong with me? It’s not the texture, not so different from my beloved broccoli, nor the taste which is pretty neutral. It’s the smell. I can’t handle it. Shame on me, I’m just genetically predisposed to dislike the smell of one of the healthiest vegetable.

I know quite a few people with Cilantro aversion and at least one person who can’t stand cucumber. None of these foods – when cooked – smells as bad as cauliflower, though. Every time I cook this type of cabbage it feels like making a stinky sulfur bomb in the kitchen! The “cauliflower gene” is definitely faulty in me.

What can I cook with the vegetable I dislike the most? A cauliflower Alfredo Tagliatelle. This first course is pretty easy to make, quick (have you read my recipe?) and healthy: cauliflower is even recommended in herbal medicine to fight weakness and flu.

Unfortunately making Cauliflower Alfredo Tagliatelle still involves a cooking procedure that releases in the air as much as smell as any other other recipe in which cauliflower is boiled. I couldn’t avoid it, but opening the windows and spending some time on the balcony while cooking it, helped a lot. It was worth the effort.

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Cauliflower tagliatelle


  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  1. Start by cutting cauliflower into florets. Boil the florets with milk, add salt and pepper and more milk if needed. Cook for about 15 minute or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  2. Blend all, pour the olive oil while blending. Transfer to a stir fry pan and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook tagliatelle in it for a few minutes. Drain and transfer to the pan containing the cauliflower sauce. Sprinkle with some Parmesan.

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  • Reply Milana May 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I actually love cauliflower and sometimes I just boil it and add a bit of salt and olive oil and eat it, but yes it’s a stinky vegetable! 😉 I have to try this recipe!

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

    For me, cabbage and daikon stinks the most when cooked! But they’re so tasty and healthy, I’m willing to sit through the stinkyness. 😀

    I love the simplicity of this dish and it’s healthy too –that gets my vote! Looks absolutely delicious Daniela. Great post!

  • Reply Rosa May 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    A scrumptious dish and great idea! This sauce must taste really good. I love that addition of parmesan cheese.



  • Reply Kiran @ June 4, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I’m sure cauliflower isn’t as stinky as parmesan cheese is 😉

  • Reply Lori January 19, 2014 at 12:29 am

    This sounds delicious, I’ll have to try it. Do you drain off the milk before blending in the 1/2 cup yogurt?

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