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Satisfy your comfort-food cravings with this easy vegan alfredo pasta dish. The creamy sauce features a base of blended celeriac, a relative of celery that is cultivated for the bulbous section of its root. You can often find it at grocery stores under the name celery root. Adding fresh broccoli florets to the pasta water during the last few minutes of cooking lends extra color, texture, and sweetness to this tasty dish. We used penne pasta here, but you can pair the sauce with whole-grain fettuccine, linguine, spirals, or whatever hits the spot. 

Celeriac Penne Vegan Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 head celeriac, peeled and roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or cashews
  • ½ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 lb. whole grain pasta
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets (3 cups)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To make sauce, place celeriac pieces in a steamer basket in a large saucepan. Add water to saucepan to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, 10 minutes or until soft.
  2. While celeriac steams, cook onion over medium-high heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic in last minute or so of cooking.
  3. In a blender, combine celeriac, the onion and garlic, the pine nuts, plant milk, 2 tablespoons of the nutritional yeast, and the salt. Blend until smooth. Add water as needed to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.
  4. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Add broccoli in the last 4 to 5 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse. Return pasta and broccoli to pot.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta and broccoli; stir to combine. Serve hot, sprinkled with additional nutritional yeast and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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Veronica1 month ago
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This pasta is so delicious!! My picky eater teen daughter loved it! She loves soups with celery on it so she really enjoyed the flavor of this pasta. It was a very yummy comfort food. I will definitely make it again!!!

Christina P2 months ago
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You need to be a fan of celeriac, otherwise it may be overwhelming. My husband wasn’t crazy about it, but I enjoyed it and I want to try it again but next time perhaps add some tomato sauce or pesto to try and win my husband’s taste buds 😉

Coleen2 months ago
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This was excellent! Served it with a spinach salad and we loved it. Definitely going into rotation at our house!

Valerie2 months ago
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Made this last night. It’s very good, but the celery root is a bit overwhelming. Next time I make it, I’ll add some sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper, capers, and maybe even some summer squash to add a bit more flavor. Overall, a very nice meal.

Liz Bruflat3 months ago
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I have a allergy to nuts. What could I substitute?

Joanne Cerda2 months ago
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Try using a White Bean Pesto (I like Plant Base Jane.com). You can add plant based milk to make it creamy if you like also sun dried tomatoes etc.
We use this Pesto for veggie (roasted or fresh) sandwiches or wraps (easy protein), and on French baguettes or crackers.

craig5 months ago
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Tried it and loved it!! Now, it is in my rotation and make it once every week or two. I like it so much better in place of any vegan mac and cheese recipe I have tried. I slip in some mushrooms and asparagus, too. Even my non-vegan friends like it. Def, a keeper!!!

Magdi5 months ago
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Yummy!!! Nagyon finom ez a szósz!!! Gyorsan elkészíthető és gyorsan megehető. 🙂 Most brokkolival készítettem, de el tudom képzelni zöldborsóval vagy spárgával is. Egyszerű paradicsomsalátával ettük. Köszönet érte!

Christina6 months ago
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Would it taste the same without the nutritional yeast, is there a substitute?

Leslie Williams5 months ago
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Hi Christina! You can omit the nutritional yeast and the result would be very similar and just as delicious. There is not a good substitute for nutritional yeast, so omitting it is the best option. I hope this helps!

Cindi M.6 months ago
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I really like this garlicky cheesy dish with a hint of sweetness (maybe that’s just me?) pasta dish. Easy and filling. Plus, there’s broccoli! The leftovers reheat well too.

Dominique6 months ago
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Yummy dinner recipe that stores great for meal prep option! My daughter also loves this dish.

Merry6 months ago
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I’m always on the look out for a new pasta recipe and this one didn’t disappoint. Love that it’s kid-friendly.

Javier S.6 months ago
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Really solid pasta dish.

ian h.6 months ago
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Celeriac is a definite unsung hero. I love the unique flavor it brings to this dish!

Courtney6 months ago
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Broccoli and creamy/cheesy pasta is one of my favorite combos. This recipe is a good intro to celery root.

Andi6 months ago
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This recipe is spot on!

Jennifer6 months ago
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Great for a Saturday night.

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Leslie Williams is the content manager for Forks Meal Planner. After years of experimentation, she healed her chronic digestive and respiratory disease by adopting a plant-based diet. Prior to joining the team at Forks, she was a recipe developer and content producer, photographer, and overall vegetable enthusiast. She lives in Los Angeles with her three-legged dog, Clark, and loves to surprise friends with quality fruit and healthy, flavorful food.

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