It was just as good as it was the first night. I bought cashews just for this recipe – it does NOT need garlic in it. You can keep it simple or get kind of crazy, depending on what you want to do with the sauce. We were surprised too! They don’t get as creamy and smooth for me. You never disappoint me though! Nice and thick so it clings well to your pasta. I could’ve probably done five zucchinis but I like my pasta sauce-y! I ended up needing to add quite a bit more almond milk than suggested to get the desired consistency. Simply delicious! What is the purpose of nutritional yeast in your recipes and can I use a substitute? Can be made in under 30 minutes! Place half a cup of cashews into a blender. First, I used spiralized butternut squash that I found at Whole Foods and a half cup of peas. Non-vegan here. Minimalist baker is a genius! of your favorite cooked noodles, or 3-4 medium zucchini, spiralized into "zoodles". Vegan Cashew Cream Alfredo Sauce This vegan cashew cream is the perfect creamy Alfredo sauce & can top whole grain pasta, bean pasta, or zucchini noodles for a fast & healthy whole food plant based meal. Thanks so much! I mixed it with a jar of store bought arribiatta sauce after thickening the mixture on the stove top. Could it be frozen? Not only are they easy, but they are delicious! We haven’t tried using brown rice flour in place of arrowroot, but if you experiment with it, report back! Vegan Sour Cream… Along with the cashews, lemon juice and garlic I mentioned, I added some dried thyme, salt and of course, water. . Thanks so much! This looks amazing! I used fusilli which I thought ‘gripped’ the sauce really well. 2 cups raw cashews 1.5-2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 head of garlic (8-10 cloves) 1/4 cup chopped onions 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon ghee 1 teaspoon sea salt Not sure if it’s from the arrow root or the cashews. Add more dairy-free milk as needed to thin (I typically add up to 1/2 – 1 cup (120-240ml) more // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). 3/4 cup water. It was a little thick so I added more almond milk. It is to die for! Sorry no sharing this one! I just made this and threw a few handfuls of basil from my garden into the blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Try using Oat milk. Cashews are definitely a favorite in our house so this is perfect for us. Hope that helps! This Alfredo will cling perfectly to vegetables or pasta. If you want your sauce a little thinner, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time. I had everyone at work wanting to eat my left overs! A blend of coconut milk and cashew cream make this the creamiest dairy free Alfredo sauce recipe you’ll find. Can I use a dairy milk, skim specifically? Cheers, friends! Store leftovers in the fridge, and it will keep for a couple of days. Is there a sub for nutritional yeast? Thanks so much for the lovely review! I added a bit of extra salt because I love it. I am wondering about nutrational yeast which you make use of in a few recipes (like this one). This was so easy and delicious! I used the max garlic and nutritional yeast, and 2tbs of vegan park. and like it would take foooorever. This mix made the perfect thick rosé sauce. But if you give it a try let me know! Will make again. I thought it tasted a lot better than classic Alfredo sauce, which is okay for the first few bites but then starts to taste too stodgy and heavy. 10/10 will absolutely be making this again!! You made alfredo sauce more creamy. Next time I’ll add some of the pasta water to it to thin it out. I did use more almond milk to thin – both in the food processor and on the stove. The sauce was sooo creamy. It’s plenty thick without it. I made this amount last night and it kept expanding (thickening) and I have more than I can imagine eating in a week. Instructions. This is so yummy! I skipped the arrowroot powder (the cashew sauce thickened up as I heated it with the pasta, so I didn’t bother with it) and vegan parm (couldn’t find any at the store). If the Vitamix wasn’t so noisy, I’d make this every day. We think freezing the sauce would work- though we haven’t tried it! Top with Slow Roasted Tomatoes for even more flavor! If you can’t find it, you can leave it out! I always know I can count on healthy recipes from you all! If you want your sauce silky-smooth then by all means soak the nuts for a bit and you will achieve that ultra-smooth texture. And for more flavor, I generally add salt, nutritional yeast, and red pepper flake and/or garlic :D. Yummy! I had made zoodles to start and I don’t think I’ve mastered cooking them. This recipe looks very good, I’ve been looking for a vegan alfredo sauce recipe and can’t wait to try this one! Blend until it’s completely smooth and place to the side. I will make it again but will leave out the arrowroot starch. I substituted cornstarch for arrowroot. BUT I softened them in my pressure cooker with some water for a couple minutes instead of the standard soaking method, and it worked like a charm! Very yummy and quick! It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Lastly, I stirred in some cooked spinach and mushrooms at the end. I have made this in the past, and it was amazing. I persist with different brands but so far have ongoing fails. So I had tried the Mac and cheese recipe which was delish! It also makes an excellent vegetable dip. If you really want to pump up this dish, add some GREEN POWER! Could I use brown rice flour instead of arrowroot? The combination of nuts and sauce together is a perfect flavoring for this pasta, Thanks Claudia, this sauce even surprised my mom who’s an Alfredo “expert”. My husband likes it thinner as well. With one serving of pasta topped with this sauce, you’ll score loads of protein, healthy fats, and you’ll feel full and satisfied for HOURS. This cashew version I haven’t tried yet but I’m saving this to try with my pasta dinner this week. It’s a pretty shade of green and tastes so good! 1 ½ cups water. Add more sauce as needed. I am going to freeze some of it and will let you know how it turns out. Add it to spiralized vegetable noodles, potatoes and many other dishes. I added shallots and mushrooms sauteed in garlic! Thanks for stopping by! I am definitely putting this on my to-do list! I find I use more milk-about 3 cups and then I adjust seasonings. Thanks so much for sharing! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Robbie! Miso paste adds a nice tangy-ness and it is used in other vegan cheese sauce recipes. After having this with spaghetti my hubby said that it was awesome. Hope that helps! It added a nice touch. This was a great recipe! Tastes better than regular Alfredo to me! Up to 3-4 days in advance. Hi Bethany! Should I use less Nutritional yeast? I have not been able to find arrowroot, but have tapioca readily available. Will definitely make again! I have made it a handful of times and it never disappoints! Does it hold up in the refrigerator/freezer if you make it in advance? Aw, thanks so much for the lovely review, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Everything I’ve tried by you is delicious!! This was outstanding!! It was excellent and very filling :-) i have also roasted the garlic and three shallots before adding them to the blender and it was delicious.. together with bean noodles the sauce makes a perfect combo, love this. This will soften them, making the cashews easier to cream into a smooth sauce. This pasta outshines every non-vegan pasta I’ve ever had. The only change I would make next time is less garlic, i went with 3 cloves and it was a bit intense. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Sara! Made this for dinner and it was a huge hit!!! Drain and rinse thoroughly. Next time I’ll use extra of the starchy cooking water. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Danielle! Remove the onions from the pan and add it to a blender. I’ve had success with all of your recipes with the exception of the coconut yoghurt. Yum. So sorry about the coconut yogurt. Also, I don’t have access to a vegan Parmesan, what do I use instead?? Then let cool to the touch. Instead of using butter and cream like traditional alfredo sauces do, this dairy free alfredo sauce calls for cauliflower and cashews that have been soaked and blended. This was a keeper! Cashew Alfredo Sauce {Dairy Free + Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} Ingredients. Let us know how it goes! Just add all ingredients at one time and put on the soup preset. I hope you all enjoy this aflredo sauce! Delicious – I made it without arrowroot and worked great. The consistency is lovely and the aftertaste of cheese is nice, but I would recommend omitting the garlic completely. I highly recommend making a batch a ravioli and keeping them on hand in the freezer with a quick alfredo sauce to really make the dish sing! I just finished making this – oh my heavens. Hubby loves cashews, I bet he’d like this sauce. To blender, also add arrowroot starch (for thickening), nutritional yeast, garlic, sea salt, vegan parmesan cheese, and lesser amount of  unsweetened dairy-free milk (1 cup (240 ml) as original recipe is written). So filling and so easy! A few notes on this recipe: So here it is. Both my husband and I, we’re not happy with the sauce. I had to add a little almond milk to loosen it up. As you can see it’s not PERFECTLY smooth in my photo but this just gives the Alfredo a nice texture reminiscent of sauce with Parmesan grated into it. Make cashew cream in a blender with cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and spices. They just didn’t keep the flavor of the sauce well and the zoodles watered it down even after I drained water out of the pan, so I made some gf pasta and mixed the rest of the zoodles in with it and that was ?? What’s the best way to reheat it if frozen? Thanks so much for the lovely review! Hi Darlene, we think coconut milk might give it too much of a coconut flavor, but if you give it a try, let us know how it goes! Thank you! You can also subscribe without commenting. HI Dana Thanks so much for sharing! Looking forward to trying it exactly as written next time, and really thankful for the post! Thank uou so much ! In lieu of the heavy cream, butter, and cheese found in traditional Alfredo sauce, this vegan version gets its creaminess from blended cashews. AWESOME. It's smooth, rich and tastes like the real thing, but its dairy-free! BTW, have you ever been to the Plum in Seattle? Very tasty. Check out this tutorial! I used pre-minced garlic, macadamia milk, heavy on the nutritional yeast and served over edame/mung bean pasta w/peas mixed into the sauce. This is incredible. I hope you know I’m making your website famous cause I can’t get enough of your wisdom. Also you could try tapioca or corn starch instead! Is there an alternative that can be used for nutritional yeast? This recipe is easily doubled if you need more or want extra for another use on another day. I cannot wait to try! I do not have celiac, I just try and avoid gluten for health / gut purposes. Hi.. for the 1 1/4 cups raw cashews (soaked), do you mean One AND 1/4 or ONLY 1/4 cup? Good idea to thin it a little next time for the rest of the family. I used the leftover sauce to make a spinach lasagna the next night and it was the creamiest lasagna everrrr! This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Blend until smooth. Hi! Thanks for another great recipe. This healthy option was a pleasant surprise for us the first time I made it. It’s believed that the dish was created in Rome, Italy by Alfredo di Lelio for his pregnant wife. You can also, Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella, Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons, Creamy Vegan White Pasta with Summer Vegetables. Hi Jen! Thanks! I subbed cornstarch because I had it on hand and also used roasted cashews because raw were too expensive. There’s no way you’d guess there’s no cheese, milk or heavy cream in this. We do love it at my house. Place 1/2 teaspoon of garlic into a medium-sized skillet and let it roast for a few minutes over medium-low heat. It turned out reeeaaaallllllyyyyy good! I use it almost everywhere that calls for cream. if possible. This is my first effort at a ‘cheesy’ cashew sauce. This will be my go to Alfredo sauce for sure. Threw in a few almonds and used 2 cups of water instead of almond milk. It means a lot. I’m also allergic to yeast. Soooo good! You will not be subscribed to our newsletter list. I make this regularly and love it. Do I really need nutritional yeast? Also mine was grainy so you need to pulse thoroughly. I was feeling lazy and used canned coconut milk instead of homemade almond. :). The consistency was great too. I am not vegan, but I love the nutty-ness of cashew sauces! Add the rinsed off soaked cashews (without the water), the pasta water, the almond milk, the roasted garlic, the nutritional yeast, … Yum- that sounds amazing! Totally going to make again just adjust the temp and length soaking the cashews. It made for a quick and delicious meal last night!! Will make again! I didn’t really measure out the almond milk, just went by eye as I cooked and it was the perfect consistentency! 2 cloves garlic, more if desired. And you’re sure it’s not from the dairy-free milk? This recipe is definately a keeper. It was a hit! I made it to substitute a cream sauce in my Creamy Lentils with Mushroom and Kale dish that I made by Sexie Veggie. You could make our vegan parmesan recipe! Add miso paste and rosemary to the pan. :) I skipped the arrowroot, added some black pepper, and used your recipe for vegan parmesan cheese, and served topped with fresh basil with GF Barilla spaghetti for her, and zucchini/squash spiralized pasta for me, it was delicious both ways, but especially luscious with the veggies!! I am impressed by the rapidity of you creating and writing new recipes! Thanks for the yummy sauce! Creamy, saucy cashew alfredo in 30 minutes! I just made this sauce, my Parmesan choice is Uprise foods Nooch It! How are you supposed to prepare zucchini noodles? This is now my go-to sauce. If so whats your recommended storage timeline? Had to soak the cashews longer because I don’t have a super awesome blender, but this was a great. Follow this recipe on how to make zucchini noodles! OMG this recipe is so delicious! I hate to say it but we dumped it. I’d love to hear some other creative ways you come up with for serving creamy cashew Alfredo sauce. Cashew grated cheeze , I used large flake nutritional yeast, soaked my cashews for 30 minutes, then blended everything together… it was the most amazing taste my tastebuds have tasted in a long time!!! Aw, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, Halley! Second, I added a 1/2 tsp of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice to the cream mixture in the blender. 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic. We haven’t tried that, but it might work! This was a sucsess! I think a touch of nutritional yeast is a great idea. Finally, I sprinkled roasted and unsalted shelled pumpkin seeds on top prior to serving. I rinsed all the salt off and then soaked them for most of the day until I was ready to make the sauce and the flavor remained neutral with a touch of toastiness. It is definitely too long since I have used cashews, I totally forgot how much I love them. We served with zoodles a little lightly steamed broccoli and roasted tomatoes. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Hmm I think you may have success with the nutribullet if you don’t have a highspeed blender! I added some sautéed broccoli, spinach, and frozen peas into the pot and heated it all together for about 5 extra minutes. I added pepper for spice and it was delicious! Served with tri color fusilli from Trader Joe’s and a plant based Italian “sausage.”, We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Rachel! I have tried 5 different recipes from your site, and I must say they are incredible! SO good. This was so good! So delicious, I’m glad I did . I love all that you put out here, thank you! This looks delish!! Hello, tried this for the first time and love it! If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment and/or rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Made it exactly as directed and it is absolutely delicious. I already know it is going to be a hit! This cashew alfredo sauce is honestly a huge power move if you pair it with one of these healthier pasta options. It was creamy and so good! This looks dreamy! What if I where to use cornstarch instead of arrow root would it still come out the same? That being … Sautéed some mushrooms up and served on top ! Absolutely delicious!! I expected it to be not so great because when I used to make “real” alfredo it was labor intense and used a ton of ingredients. Xo, Made this for dinner tonight! Made this last night and my husband and I truly couldn’t believe how good it was! Alfredo sauce for pasta is CLASSIC! Maybe it’s just what’s available or not in Australia. We generally eat pasta with tomato sauce … so alfredo is a treat. I made this tonight and it was fantastic! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Ummmmm this is incredible! I found this recipe makes A LOT of sauce, so next time I will prop cut it in half, or save the other half for another dinner later in the week. Such a great healthier alternative. Cashew Alfredo Sauce Tips Sauteing the onions and garlic brings out their natural sweetness and when combined with the lemon juice gives the sauce an almost cheese-y flavor, so … They got very soft and blended up nice and smooth, and it took much less time, too. It’s what I have on hand, and am hoping it will work. By the way, you can also pump up or change the flavor with some groovy add-ins, but let’s start with basic sauce for a minute. I also used corn starch instead of arrowroot, but it worked out just fine. I wouldn't bother if you don't have some on hand. It’s super helpful for us and other readers. ¼ cup water, or as needed. It became a popular dish and somewhere along the way, cream was added. Thanks Hi Shay! Next time I’ll do a little more garlic and some crushed red pepper for heat. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Charlotte! Thanks for sharing! Hello! Delish and easy! I love this recipe! Thank you so much for continuously knocking it out of the park with your recipes! I did substitute corn starch for the arrowroot starch, and it was perfect. This is just perfect for a simple, quick and easy alfredo sauce! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! It is hard to find here. Followed instructions here to heat it up and added some extra veggie broth for the desired consistency. Cashews are one of the “secrets” to great vegan cooking. Not being a cook by any means…how long will the sauce keep in the fridge after cooking? I made this tonight and used tapioca flour in place of arrowroot and it came out great! Place cashews in a bowl. I served to my best friend and husband who loved it, both couldn’t believe it was (nearly vegan) and had no cream or butter. I love a good creamy sauce for my pasta and love that this is made from cashews! Just a quick question, couldn’t find arrowroot starch, but I have potato starch. I used it to top a red lentil pasta and added Trader Joe’s roasted tomatoes. This is exactly the reason when I search for a vegan version of a food – if your site is in the results – boom. Didn’t use any arrowroot. Date night Vegan Alfredo for two, tossed in a delicious cashew (or hemp) cream, with sauteed mushrooms, Meyer lemon zest and a secret ingredient that gives this extra complexity, flavor and depth. The perfect plant-based sauce for all your pasta night needs. I loved this and my non-vegan friends enjoyed it as well. Based on some other comments I added a 4th garlic clove, a little onion powder, and the juice of approx 1 lemon. There doesn’t have to be any sacrifice in eating plant-based. Thanks. Is there any possible way to substitute another nut for cashews? This looks delicious! I am a gastric bypass patient but I’m also in household of 11 and our food budget can be tricky. I look forward to your reply? Used half spinach fettuccine and half zucchini noodles. very good! Really, you could serve it to guests with no explanation and they will love it. I’m pretty sure nutritional yeast and brewers yeast are not in any way related…I can’t advise for sure but I read that somewhere. Aw, thanks so much, Shelby! I’m definitely going to make this one of my mid-week go-to recipes. This vegan alfredo sauce is a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor. Thanks so much for the lovely review. In a large bowl, combine most of the sauce with approximately 16 oz. Yum! Whoop! Arrowroot powder adds thickness and helps the sauce get a bit “stringy” like real cheese! Thank you. Next, place the cashew sauce directly over the garlic. Would you be able to make several batches of this and freeze it? 1 … I added onion powder, broth, and lemon juice (acidity helps brighten and enhance flavors), and it was much more like alfredo. :). I’m not vegan, but I even think it tastes better than original sauce! You could maybe try adding lemon to cut the sweetness or try buying a different brand? Cashews are naturally slightly sweet, so when making a savory sauce out of them it is important to use un-sweetened milk and season it up with a bunch of savory spices. This is seriously too good. I mix this zoodles or Trader Joe’s lentil pasta, or pour on top of sweet potatoes, basically anything that would taste great with creamy cheeziness. Taste and add more salt, thyme, or garlic as desired. I love pasta and I usually adore the original Alfredo sauce but this cashew version does sound so good. I’ve got to make this soon. This recipe is spectacular and so very easy! Thank you for sharing. I Also added black pepper. Xo, Very tasty and an easy bit satisfying week night meal. overpowering. Ingredients. Glad to say this was not the case! I am going to use this Alfredo sauce in my creamed leeks recipe that I make every year but needed it to be vegan for my Friendsgiving this weekend. I also added portobello mushrooms, zucchini and vegan chikken. So glad to hear it, Redd! Used Soy Milk instead of Almond Milk, because it is thicker and tasty.

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