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


  • 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.
  • Blend all, pour the olive oil while blending. Transfer to a stir fry pan and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • 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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  1. This sounds delicious, I’ll have to try it. Do you drain off the milk before blending in the 1/2 cup yogurt?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!