So I’ve learned that if you stop whisking when you put it in the pan, and just let it sit, mine started to get gooey globs in it. pasta (GF or regular – I like Trader Joe’s GF fusilli), Soak cashews in very hot water for 20 minutes. For more Italian-inspired dishes, check out our Simple Chickpea Bolognese, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, Easy Vegan Pizza, Spicy Red Lentil Pasta, and Vegan Pesto Parmesan Breadsticks! It may thicken as you reheat it on the stovetop, so just thin with more almond milk or water. Tried a few Alfredo recipes since going vegan and this one is by far the best. Very easy to make and a satisfying sauce. I substituted cornstarch for arrowroot. My daughter has fairly recently diagnosed food allergies, and this was a lifesaver. Recipe updated 10/18/17 to include more almond milk for thinner texture, and noting arrowroot as optional. Add miso paste and rosemary to the pan. I didn’t soak cashews and used just a little tomato sauce mixed in instead of roasted tomatoes. Which one would work best? I make this regularly and love it. This recipe is easily doubled if you need more or want extra for another use on another day. To blender, also add arrowroot starch (for thickening), nutritional yeast, garlic, sea salt, vegan … I’m struggling to find it in a store near me. BTW, your photos are beautiful. Add more sauce as needed. I think a touch of nutritional yeast is a great idea. Best results are with cartoned coconut milk (Trader Joe’s coconut beverage, no sugar added), worst results with unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the vanilla gives it a very odd, unpleasant flavor). I’m not sure if this is the same issue. I just find it gives that gooey texture cheese does. Add your roasted garlic cashew cream sauce directly into the pot that you cooked your pasta in. Thank you! Of course, you can’t talk about a healthy pasta sauce without showing it over zoodles; and though tasty with the zucchini, we preferred our Alfredo over the pasta. Hi – I made this recipe this evening, but since it’s November I made a few adjustments to turn it into a fall dish. Easy to prepare and tastes good. A good alfredo is so satisfying, it’s one of my favorite sauces ever. Thanks for sharing. Hi Bethany! xo. We haven’t tried that, but it might work! Better than a lot of dairy sauces I’ve had in the past. Might try again without. Hi Marti, that typically means the blender is not powerful enough and/or it needs additional liquid. I also added quite a bit of fresh ground pepper. 2 cloves garlic, more if desired. Follow by one cup of water. Nothing too mind blowing about this recipe, but the one thing to take away from it — if you haven’t made a cashew sauce before — is that boiling the cashews before blending really helps make a creamier sauce, especially if you just have a basic blender. Tag @theglowingfridge on Instagram and hashtag it … That’s just a good starting point. I didn’t have/feel like making any vegan parm so I made do with what I had and it still turned out great. Planning on making it again for Easter brunch, but I was wondering if I can make the sauce the night before. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Robbie! I followed the recipe to the T. This sauce is great as a base for any pasta or vegetable dish. We use this one. 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). Thanks so much for sharing! My mom loved the vegan Parmesan and was surprised it was in fact vegan. Just more nutritional yeast? Thanks for sharing! Hello, I’m SO sorry! I’m also wondering about the strong yeast smell. Hi Shay! Thanks so much! 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. This is what the sauce looks like without soaking. Plus this recipe is healthier too! You never disappoint me though! 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! Transfer to a rimmed skillet and cook over medium-low to medium heat for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Didn’t make the faux cheese, just added the Nut Yeast. I made this recipe twice already and it’s delicious! Cashew cream is one of my absolute favorite flavors. I left out the aroot starch and the parmesan and it’s still amazing. Thank you for sharing. I also added sautéed mushrooms and asses nutritional yeast and my favourite store bought cashew parmesan to the sauce. And thanks so much for the lovely review, Mina. My husband loved it too. I dropped the arrow root powder, sub’d in 1 tsp flour. Yum. Well liked by non-GF and non-lactose intolerant family members. Will definitely make again! Minimalist baker is a genius! It came out super creamy and thick and was delicious! You made alfredo sauce more creamy. Start out by adding JUST 1/2 cup more of the remaining broth and add the remaining ingredients (salt, pepper, cashews, starting with JUST 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, nutritional yeast … I love a good creamy sauce for my pasta and love that this is made from cashews! I served it over air-fried cauliflower gnocchi & edamame. Hello, tried this for the first time and love it! Second, I added a 1/2 tsp of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice to the cream mixture in the blender. Many Thanks Dana, you’re my Nr 1 Vegan inspiration ? Not sure if it’s from the arrow root or the cashews. I made this and it was delicious. I added a bit of extra salt because I love it. A blend of coconut milk and cashew cream make this the creamiest dairy free Alfredo sauce recipe you’ll find. Ingredients. Here's the basic sauce that started it all: cashew cream! Did I misread the instructions, it’s only 1/2 cup milk? Keywords: vegan alfredo, vegan cashew alfredo, cauliflower alfredo, Creamy, Cashew, Cauliflower, Alfredo, Vegan, Gluten Free, cream sauce, sauce, dairy free, pasta, green peas, Did you make this recipe? I also added some wild mushrooms, which really worked. if possible. Then it’s ready to serve! Cheers, friends! Made with a little bit of lemon juice and garlic cloves, I think these two ingredients create the perfect brightness needed an the full flavor wanted. Ingredients. This was so easy and delicious! Store in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop, adding more dairy-free milk or water as needed to thin. Thanks as always for beautiful food! I added a lot more non dairy milk (maybe double or triple the amount) and it still was very thick. Just add all ingredients at one time and put on the soup preset. We use Tinkyada brown rice pasta and it truly is divine. i made this today and it turned out very gluey – even with adding more almond milk…. With my work schedule and a 3 yr old I never really had time to make anything for dinner. It means a lot. even my non vegan friends loved it ! Combine the cashews, pasta water, garlic, fresh lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt in a high-speed blender. I am a gastric bypass patient but I’m also in household of 11 and our food budget can be tricky. Leftovers keep for several days in the refrigerator and make an excellent vegetable dip option, too. Love it! Thanks! The cashew cream! This vegan Alfredo is absolutely delicious and very similar to the Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese sauce, but a bit more Alfredo-like in taste. Could you sub soaked almonds for cashews? This Creamy Dairy Free Cashew Alfredo Sauce is a beneficial fat, and very versatile and freezes well. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? Love your work. shoot! If you love cheesy and creamy tasting Alfredo sauce but are looking for a version that’s lighter in calories, or if you need or want to eat vegan or dairy-free- I have your perfect recipe right here. They don’t get as creamy and smooth for me. Would you be able to make several batches of this and freeze it? Made this tonight for dinner and it turned out better than I could have expected! Would it be possible to make this with purchased, pre-made cashew milk, instead of the almond milk + cashews? 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 I cooked lenguini pasta and added the sauce with morningstar chicken strips for a full vegan chick’un Alfredo! Hi! 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. Sometimes I feel like arrowroot can be a little tricky. 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. Some unique options to think about- fresh herbs of your choice or a little pesto, Sriracha for a totally different sauce with kick, or if dairy-free is not a concern, add in some shredded Parmesan. I have tossed all the others as this is my Go To for Pizza, Pasta and anything else it will work with! Great recipe Dana :), I have tried multiple cheesy Alfredo recipes and this is the best! I would love any suggestions on what to make for my super picky/fussy 3 year old!!! Yummy. Sorry to hear it was too much garlic for you! I used fusilli which I thought ‘gripped’ the sauce really well. I made this tonight and it was soooo quick and easy! Simply delicious! Can I use vegan mozzarella if I don’t have Parmesan? Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe! Hi, I found your site through Samantha Ravandahl on YouTube, I’ve been wanting to make this for so long but I have a question, could you use carton of cashew milk / cream ? I omitted the Vegan parm and used 1tbsp of tapioca starch and just 1 cup of almond milk. I made it with unsweetened almond milk but the sauce turned out too sweet for my liking :( Added some apple cider vinegar to balance the sweetness but that drowned the cheesy taste from the nutritional yeast. I am wondering, just in an effort to cut the fat content. Yes, a high speed blender is essential for a creamy texture. 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). Sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil. This vegan alfredo sauce is a cashew-based, dairy-free alfredo sauce with a deliciously savory, cheesy-like flavor. I ended up adding a drizzle of olive oil at the end because I felt like I overcooked it a little right at the end. I used cornstarch because I did not have arrowroot & used unsweetened oat milk. 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!!! Very easy to do. Really yummy base recipe. Not sure that I would have needed to heat it in the sautee pan as that really thickened it more than I needed and it can be warmed a little in the vitamix. Thanks for another great recipe. Is there any possible way to substitute another nut for cashews? Alfredo sauce for pasta is CLASSIC! I added about a 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves to the blender which gave the sauce a lovely mild pesto flavour and then I simmered a splash of white wine in the pan before adding the sauce. Thanks so much for the lovely review. It could even be enjoyed layered in lasagna! Will make again soon. I mixed it with a jar of store bought arribiatta sauce after thickening the mixture on the stove top. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Maybe there’s hope you’re not allergic to nutritional yeast?! It’s what I have on hand, and am hoping it will work. You can also, Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella, Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons, Creamy Vegan White Pasta with Summer Vegetables. Perhaps you could research if there are dairy-free cheese on the market that don’t include this ingredient but still add a “cheesy” flavor. Blend until it’s completely smooth and place to the side. It added a nice touch. Store any leftover or reserved sauce in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. What’s the best way to reheat it if frozen? So I turned the temperature down and added a little almond milk at a time to thin it out a bit. I LOVED THIS!! I just made this sauce, my Parmesan choice is Uprise foods Nooch It! Thanks so much for this – it was my first attempt at alfredo since going vegan 2 years ago and I LOVED IT! Love it and thank you!!! So delicious! HI Dana Have you used full fat canned coconut milk instead of almond milk? This is a great dairy-free alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce. Both my husband and I, we’re not happy with the sauce. I found out the hard way that I am allergic to yeast in general but super allergic to nutritional yeast. I use it almost everywhere that calls for cream. What can I say, I’m Italian and I love pasta!! 3. We haven’t tried using brown rice flour in place of arrowroot, but if you experiment with it, report back! So sorry about the coconut yogurt. ☺ Thank you for the suggestion, however, I cannot have chili. The main taste was cashew and that’s a little too sweet for traditional “alfredo”. I hate to say it but we dumped it. Place 1/2 teaspoon of garlic into a medium-sized skillet and let it roast for a few minutes over medium-low heat. I look forward to your reply? Decision made, recipe made shortly thereafter. Cashew Alfredo Sauce {Dairy Free + Paleo + Whole30 Compliant} Ingredients. https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fettuccine-with-cashew-cream Blended together all ingredients except the nutritional yeast. Thank you! Xo, Made this for dinner tonight! xo. This was outstanding!! Hi Diana, Thank you for all your wonderful recipes that inspire me each and every time I browse through your website ❤ Glad to say this was not the case! 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! 1 ½ cups water. Thanks so much! I added Parmesan and used dried thyme since we didn’t have fresh. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Heather! Do you have an idea why? Three words: A-ma-zing! It turned out really flavorful and paired well with my dish. Toss using two forks or tongs until the sauce is distributed over the pasta or vegetables. and like it would take foooorever. Try this with Smoked Mushrooms for extra WOW factor! Thanks. Hi Bri! Thank you! I added pepper for spice and it was delicious! The base of this alfredo is quick-soaked cashews in very hot water so they soften quickly. What a nicel alternative to a tomato sauce. Add soaked cashew, dairy-free milk, garlic, nutritional … I made this tonight! Aside from that, my only issue was that it was very, very thick. That is why you need to make this cauliflower cashew alfredo recipe! Hope that helps! If making just the alfredo sauce, place the cashews, water, salt, nutritional yeast and garlic in a high-speed blender and blend until silky smooth, 1-2 minutes, while heating. Then let cool to the touch. I bought cashews just for this recipe – it does NOT need garlic in it. Soooooo I would proooooobably eat the whole recipe. Hi Sonali, thanks for sharing! Just a quick question, couldn’t find arrowroot starch, but I have potato starch. Absolutely delicious! I spiralized 4 zucchinis and a box of Jovial pasta and had a good amount of sauce covering them. Nice!! It’s basically non-dairy sour cream, mayo, heavy cream, and yogurt all in one! It’s so similar in flavor to traditional Alfredo sauce, you might not even be able … Cook pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. If you have nutritional yeast on hand, then you know that adds a nice cheesy flavor to anything so add at least a teaspoon of that to the sauce, adding more to taste. This was a keeper! I’m throwing out all our other vegan Alfredo recipes. Loved this recipe. But if you give it a try let me know! Add it to spiralized vegetable noodles, potatoes and many other dishes. I find I don’t need to use as many cashews and add more cashew milk. Lastly, I stirred in some cooked spinach and mushrooms at the end. We prefer the garlic, but feel free to omit if sensitive to garlic. I’d say next time plan to add more almond milk to share. Yummy! I didn’t really measure out the almond milk, just went by eye as I cooked and it was the perfect consistentency! It is 1/2 cup, but I’ve added a note in the instructions that I add more as needed to blend / thicken. Thank you. Try using Oat milk. this recipe looks easy and I will love it . We paired it with baked asparagus, perfect for Valentine’s Day and our VERY picky eater son loved it too! I used it to top a red lentil pasta and added Trader Joe’s roasted tomatoes. The pasta lover in me loves the sound of this recipe. This is seriously too good. I love this recipe! I just recently tried my first cashew based sauce and I totally loved it. Hope that helps. You can use it as an alfredo or you can thin it out and use it for a cream-based soup such as Chicken Korma or Creamy Broccoli or Cauliflower soup. Just made this tonight and I loved it! I can’t find that in any stores near me! Arrowroot powder adds thickness and helps the sauce get a bit “stringy” like real cheese! Both so easy and quick. Will make again! Next, place the cashew sauce directly over the garlic. This recipe calls for WAY too much for me though and I have a lot of leftover- how is best to keep it and how long can it keep for? Very tasty. I’d guess that cornstarch will help with thickening, but not really with the stringy texture of the cheese. This pasta outshines every non-vegan pasta I’ve ever had. Pasta is a staple in my home and I love this healthier version of alfredo sauce. xo. I did not use the cornstarch or any thickener and it came out creamy and perfectly coated my linguini. Absolutely delicious! First, I used spiralized butternut squash that I found at Whole Foods and a half cup of peas. My first Attempt at vegan “cheese” sauce And I absolutely loved it! We do love it at my house. Yum. You can even add a little black pepper for some more kick! 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. What do you think? No one is willing to eat it. This recipe is bangin!! It’s: CreamyCheesyRichVersatileFast & Easy& Incredibly 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. Could it be frozen? Somehow I forgot to put the cashews in the blender and reduced the sauce without them. Not only are they easy, but they are delicious! Thanks for sharing! This was amazing! I am definitely putting this on my to-do list! In a large bowl, combine most of the sauce with approximately 16 oz. Still worked divinely. We think freezing the sauce would work- though we haven’t tried it! Vegan Sour Cream… Consider this the only vegan alfredo sauce you need. That sauce sounds amazing. My husband likes it thinner as well. Homemade sauces are so much better than any store bought stuff. I have a great high powered blender and very hungry kids so I took the easy way and it was still divine! This would make the perfect sauce for zucchini noodle pasta or your favorite pasta (I prefer gluten-free fusilli!). I was out of arrowroot powder so I subbed in the same amount of corn starch and it turned out great! Made mine with the carrot spirals from Trader Joe’s instead of actual pasta! Also, I don’t have access to a vegan Parmesan, what do I use instead?? Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce with Kale and Pasta, Instant Pot Easy Chicken Wings {BBQ or Buffalo Style}. Thanks for this Amazing recipe Dana. Thanks for sharing! This was a great recipe! Sorry no sharing this one! Along with the cashews, lemon juice and garlic I mentioned, I added some dried thyme, salt and of course, water. We generally eat pasta with tomato sauce … so alfredo is a treat. Thanks! OMG yum! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. That being … Absolutely wonderful, I left out the arrowroot and added a teaspoon of smoked paprika…. overpowering. Hi Gabrielle! Everything my lactose intolerant, cheese loving self needed during quarantine. Make cashew cream in a blender with cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and spices. And you’re sure it’s not from the dairy-free milk? Hi ladies! I’m such a huge fan of the Vegan Alfredo on the website I make it ALL THE TIME! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Then it’s a matter of flavor: nutritional yeast for cheesiness, garlic for kick and depth of flavor, salt for saltiness, and a bit of almond milk for texture. It turned out a bit sweet – is that normal? I do not have a blender that would process it but a milk-allergic child who so misses pasta and alfredo especially. If you do cook them, how???? I have made it a handful of times and it never disappoints!

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