Gluten Free Daikon Carbonara with Chorizo

A spin on the classic spaghetti carbonara – a gluten free daikon carbonara with chorizo in a cauliflower based cream sauce.

Carbonara is inherently evil – spaghetti coated in a heavy cream sauce with ham, yikes!  It’s about time for a spin on the classic.  How about a gluten free daikon carbonara with chorizo in a cauliflower based cream sauce?  Your wish is my command.U-Boat Replica

Daikon Carbonara with Chorizo


  • 1 7" Daikon
  • 2 Chorizo Sausage links, casing removed and pan grilled
  • For the Cauliflower Cream Sauce:
  • 1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4-6 cups low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • extra virgin olive oil


    Cauliflower Cream Sauce:
  1. In a skillet over low heat, drizzle the olive oil and sauté the garlic without burning it. Once aromatic (2-3 minutes), remove from heat and set aside. Cook for several minutes or until the garlic is soft and fragrant but not browned (browned or burnt garlic will taste bitter). Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and cook, covered until the cauliflower is fork tender (10-12 minutes). Ladle out half of the liquid and set aside. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper to the florets in the pot and puree the contents with an immersion blender.
  3. Add more broth as necessary to your desired thickness.
  4. Carbonara with Chorizo:
  5. Combine the grilled chorizo with the daikon pasta (recipe for daikon pasta here) in the skillet and toss.
  6. Combine with the cauliflower cream sauce, garnish with an optional poached egg and serve hot.

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Trauma Emergency Department Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is an athlete ambassador with GoMacro, Arcteryx Denver, and CAMP USA. She is a seasoned presenter and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

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