Kidney Friendly Pasta Sauce | Cauliflower Alfredo

This creamy, rich, Kidney Friendly Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Sauce is as healthy as it is delicious.

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Kidney friendly low protein cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce

Don’t get me wrong. The store-bought Alfredo sauce has an amazing taste with all of the cream, butter, and cheese. The problem is that it is not so beneficial for our hearts and kidneys.

Why is this a kidney friendly recipe

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), then this cauliflower Alfredo pasta sauce is a great alternative to a store-bought sauce. Each serving of this recipe contains only 4 grams of protein, all of which comes from plant-based sources and is easy on your kidneys.

The potassium content of this sauce is moderately low. Each serving of this recipe has 277 mg of potassium, which is only 6% of the daily value.

If you have advanced stage of CKD, you might be on a phosphorus-restricted diet. This recipe is great if you are looking to reduce your intake of dietary phosphorus. Each serving of this recipe has 41 mg of phosphorus, which is low. Since all the phosphorus in this recipe comes from plant-based sources, only about 10–30% of this phosphorus is absorbed in your body.

Using ingredients that are lower in sodium is a great way to manage your kidney disease and high blood pressure. This recipe uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, which is naturally lower in sodium. Additionally, it also uses low-sodium vegetable broth to keep the sodium content of this recipe low.

Each serving of this recipe has 183 mg of sodium, which is moderately low. If you want to reduce the sodium content of this recipe further, don’t add salt.

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Kidney friendly cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce – great for chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Why is this a heart healthy recipe

Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of heart diseases. Atherosclerosis occurs when fats, cholesterol, and other substances deposit on the artery walls and form plaques. Plaques are generally responsible for the narrowing of arteries, which makes it more difficult for blood to flow through the body. Sometimes these plaques can break away from the arterial wall and form blood clots. These blood clots become potentially dangerous if they become stuck in the heart, which can lead to a heart attack.

Eating a diet that is low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol and high in fruits and vegetables is a definite way to take care of your heart and reduce the chances of developing heart diseases such as stroke and heart attack.

This is a heart-healthy recipe. It has low total fat, low saturated fat, low sodium, and no cholesterol. Each serving of this recipe has 4 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 183 mg of sodium.

Why is this a diabetes friendly recipe

This recipe receives a perfect score for diabetes friendliness. This recipe is low in calories, low in carbohydrates, and high in fiber. Each serving of this recipe has 78 calories, 8 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of fiber. You can be assured that you will not get a sugar high after eating this recipe.

This Alfredo sauce brings all the goodness of the store-bought sauce without the sodium, preservatives, or fats. The star of this sauce is the cauliflower, which is cooked with some onions and garlic. Add some vegetable broth to this mixture and blend it to a creamy smoothness with a blender or food processor.

Add some nutritional yeast to this sauce to give it an umami, cheesy flavor. With a dash of coconut aminos, this sauce is ready to be served!

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Kidney friendly cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce – great for diabetes and heart health

Ingredients in this recipe

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Kidney friendly low protein cauliflower alfredo pasta – ingredients

Cauliflower: Cauliflower is such a great addition to a diet that is suitable for kidney disease, diabetes, and heart health. It is low in potassium, calories, and carbohydrates. It is high in fiber and phytonutrients. Additionally, it is high in antioxidants, especially glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, that help fight cancer. Choline, a nutrient found in cauliflower, helps to repair and maintain DNA in the body.

Coconut aminos: Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce because they have 70% less sodium and the same umami flavor.

Nutritional yeast: Also known as “nooch”, nutritional yeast is such a great source of plant-based protein. Even though it is plant-based, nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids. Additionally, it contains numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Olive oil: I have used olive oil, but feel free to substitute it with any other oil too if you don’t have any around.

Garlic: I love garlic and add them to anything that I possibly can. They are a great way to add buttery flavor to this recipe and a powerhouse of antioxidants, which keep chronic diseases at bay.

Vegetable broth: Choose a low sodium vegetable broth and make sure that it does not have added preservatives that start with ‘PHOS’.

Onion: Peel the onion and chop it finely. I have used white onion here, but a red one is fine too.

Lemon juice: Provides a bit of tanginess to this recipe.

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Kidney friendly cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce – ingredients health benefits

How to make this recipe

This is a superbly easy recipe to make. Here are the steps to making this recipe:

  • Heat a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil to the pot. Once the oil is hot enough, add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Add vegetable broth and cauliflower to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid and steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes or until it is tender.
  • Carefully pour the cauliflower and broth mixture to (preferably) a high-speed blender. You can use any blender you want, but a high-speed blender will make the sauce smoother and creamier. Blend on high speed till the sauce has consistent smoothness.
  • Add nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, lemon juice, and salt to the blender and blend again. Taste the sauce and add more nutritional yeast or lemon juice if needed.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta or roasted vegetables.
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Kidney friendly low protein cauliflower alfredo pasta

How to store this recipe

Store this recipe in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can freeze this recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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Kidney Friendly Pasta Sauce | Cauliflower Alfredo

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
This kidney friendly cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce is low in protein, phosphorus, salt, and saturated fat. It is made from cauliflower, onion, low sodium vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, coconut aminos, and olive oil.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coconut aminos

Instructions
 

  • Heat a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil to the pot. Once the oil is hot enough, add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Add vegetable broth and cauliflower to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid and steam cauliflower for about 5 minutes or until it is tender.
  • Carefully pour the cauliflower and broth mixture in a blender. Blend on high speed untill the sauce is smooth.
  • Add nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, lemon juice, and salt to the blender and blend again. Taste the sauce and add more nutritional yeast or lemon juice if needed. Blend again.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta or roasted vegetables.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 183mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 3gPhosphorus: 41mg
Keyword Kidney Friendly, Low phosphorus, Low protein
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What sauces are kidney friendly?

A kidney-friendly sauce is low in sodium, typically less than 140 mg of sodium per serving. It does not have added phosphorus or potassium. Check out the ingredient lists for added potassium and phosphorus. If the ingredients listed have the word ‘PHOS,’ it means that the sauce has added phosphorus, and you should avoid sauces with phosphorus additives.

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Archana Singh, PhD

One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Frankly I wasn’t expecting much. I love garlic and it was simple so I gave it a try. Turned out to be really really good. Thanks for the recipe. Keep them coming. 🙂

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