Alfredo sauce is a classic Italian pasta sauce, full of cheesy rich flavors. Our vegan Alfredo recipe is cashew-based, 100% vegan, and extremely delicious. Not only is our recipe dairy free, it’s also a lot healthier than traditional Alfredo sauce.
With all that cream and cheese, 1 cup of traditional Alfredo sauce has around 24 grams of fat and only 4 grams of protein. Our recipe on the other hand has only 15 grams of fat and over double the protein with around 11 grams per cup.
Making it Cheesy
Cheese is a huge part of what makes Alfredo taste the way it does. We found we were really missing that same cheesy flavor in our vegan Alfredo until we added some nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast helps mimic the flavor of the parmesan cheese and further adds a nutty and salty flavor profile to your sauce.
Start with one tablespoon and keep adding more in a tablespoon at a time until you get your desired flavor (we use 2 tablespoons in this recipe).
Keep reading to find out just how easy it is to make this delicious dairy free Alfredo sauce:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup diced onion
3/4 cup water
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Don’t forget to make sure cashews have been soaked overnight and drained!
- Combine all ingredients together in a high speed blender and mix until well combined.
It’s that easy!
More Vegan Sauce
If you love vegan sauces, you need to check out Simon’s Secret Sauce! It’s a delicious lemony/tangy sauce that is perfect for anyone, and any meal. Try all three delicious flavors: original, truffle, and spicy!