Once you try this creamy vegan Alfredo sauce, you will never want to go back to the old version! It’s highly nutritious, scrumptious and ready in under 30 minutes!
Do you struggle to stop eating dairy? I can relate. Before becoming vegan, I wouldn’t have imagined that a vegan Alfredo sauce could be satisfying. *But please keep on reading because I swear that this one is per-fect :)*
Alfredo sauce is actually one of the very first vegan recipes I tried about 5 years ago and… it was an utter disaster. Oopsie! I didn’t have much cooking experience and it took me about 1 hour to make, for a veeeery disappointing result.
I have to say that it was my first time cooking with nutritional yeast and that I really didn’t like the taste at the point. But in its defense, the quality and taste vary greatly from one brand to another and I think that I simply didn’t like that particular one. So I proceeded to wait a few years before trying it again and now I laugh about it because it couldn’t be easier, seriously!
For today’s recipe, we simply boil cauliflower -1/3 of a head or 275g but we can easily play with the quantities- with a small onion and two garlic cloves and, once tender, we process them in a good blender together with half a cup of soaked cashew nuts and a few seasonings. *Non-sponsored ad in the form of affiliate link; I will earn a small commission with each purchase, which helps me keep the blog alive and thriving :)
We could replace the cashews (or even the cauliflower) with white beans or silken tofu, for an interesting result that will however not be as satisfying in my opinion. Once again, I’m here to inspire you, not to limit you :)
To boost the nutritional profile of my pasta dish even more, I replaced 1/3 of my whole-wheat spaghetti with zoodles, which are very easy to make with a spiralizer. We’ve taken the habit of always adding a generous portion of zoodles to our spaghetti, 2 or 3 minutes before they’re done cooking in water, to make our dish a bit lighter and to maximize our vegetable intake!
With a nice salad as a starter, our portion was perfectly satisfying and sustained us all evening. But if like me you have a sweet tooth, subscribe to my newsletter to receive my panna cotta recipe, which is topped with a nice blueberry jam, directly in your inbox!
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And finally, the icing on the cake, don’t forget to top your pasta with lots of homemade nut parmesan! I always have a big jar on hand and I would lie if I said that I don’t sometimes eat it by the spoon >.<
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Oil-Free Vegan Alfredo Sauce
- 1/3 cauliflower head cut in florets
- 1 small onion quartered
- 2 garlic cloves crushed with the side of the knife
- 3/4 to 1 cup cooking water
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts soaked at least 2 hours*
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place the cauliflower, onion and garlic (smashed but not chopped) in a small pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook until the cauliflower is tender.
- Transfer the veggies in the blender together with the drained cashews, the seasonings and 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Process until nice and smooth.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings and liquids if necessary. Serve on warm pasta and top with nut parmesan.
- You can either cook your pasta -in separate pot- at the same time as the veggies or use the leftover cooking water (+ extra as needed) to cook them while you process the sauce. Add your zoodles to the pot 2-3 min. before the spaghetti is done.
- Yields around 4 portions. You can keep leftover sauce in the fridge. It goes great on pizza!
- If you don’t have time to soak the cashews, cover them with boiling water and let sit for 10-20 min.
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