As someone who is lactose intolerant and loves Italian cream-based sauces, I have searched high and low for a decent, easy to make recipe for vegan/non-dairy alfredo sauce. I have experimented with as many of the ones I could find on the internet and have finally come close. I have used this on pasta tossed with sauteed veggies, and as a white sauce (bechamel sauce) in lasagna. It doesn't reheat well in the microwave, but will re-heat on the stove on low for 5 minutes. There are many variations out there but I am pretty happy with this one. You can add spices to change the flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
1 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak cashews in 1 1/2 cups water until softened in a bowl, at least 20 minutes.

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  • Drain water; add almond milk. Blend mixture in an electric blender or food processor until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add water until sauce is slightly thinner than you want it for the final product, as it thickens when heated. Add garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; blend until smooth.

  • Pour mixture into a saucepan. Heat on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through and desired thickness is achieved, about 5 minutes. You can add additional water or almond milk if sauce becomes too thick.

Cook's Notes:

You can use soy milk instead of almond milk, or a combination of both. Or, if you don't have milk, I've done this with just water. The sauce is a bit thinner and less creamy (the cashews don't seem to blend as well in just water), but the taste is very similar.

I have soaked the cashews from 20 minutes to 12 hours. It allows them to blend a bit smoother.

Using a blender is easier to pour from than a food processor.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 10.2g 21% DV; carbohydrates 20.9g 7% DV; fat 22.3g 34% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1127.2mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2019
My first time soaking cashews and using nutritional yeast. I followed the recipe exactly, but I did soak my cashews longer than written, about 35 minutes. I was shocked at the rich flavors and since my son is lactose intolerant and this is vegan it was perfect. He informed me it was 5 stars and I agree! Served over pasta. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/31/2020
I woke up in an alternate universe. I was excited to try cashew cream for the first time and I love alfredo sauce. In my rural area cashews are horrifyingly expensive so this was a splurge purchase. What a waste of expensive ingredients. I just don't like it and wouldn't waste my money again. I prefer the cauliflower based alfredo sauce. Even the strange cannellini bean alfredo sauce is better than this stuff. Not every recipe can be adapted for vegans. Alfredo sauce is one of them. Yuck. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2019
My first time soaking cashews and using nutritional yeast. I followed the recipe exactly, but I did soak my cashews longer than written, about 35 minutes. I was shocked at the rich flavors and since my son is lactose intolerant and this is vegan it was perfect. He informed me it was 5 stars and I agree! Served over pasta. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/30/2020
I woke up in an alternate universe. I was excited to try cashew cream for the first time and I love alfredo sauce. In my rural area cashews are horrifyingly expensive so this was a splurge purchase. What a waste of expensive ingredients. I just don't like it and wouldn't waste my money again. I prefer the cauliflower based alfredo sauce. Even the strange cannellini bean alfredo sauce is better than this stuff. Not every recipe can be adapted for vegans. Alfredo sauce is one of them. Yuck. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2020
I make this vegan Alfredo sauce once a week since I discovered it. We usually make it with kale gnocchi and some roasted veggies. It is so flavorful and has a great, creamy consistency! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2020
I've tried so many vegan Alfredo sauce recipes and this one is the closet to the real thing! I specifically made an account so I could let the internet know that this is some rich and decadent goodness. Even my non-vegan boyfriend loves it. I can't wait to make it again with some bread sticks for dipping. 5/5 bomb dot com. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2020
This is so tasty. I had it for dinner three nights in a row and looked forward to it each time! I added some frozen peas. Also, stored the sauce in the canister of my high-speed blender, and each time I warmed it up, added a couple of tablespoons of hot water and then blended it on high until warm. Perfect consistency. I heated up my pasta and peas in the microwave and poured on my piping hot sauce. Worked great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2020
Made it twice and both times really enjoyed it. Think next time, will throw in some broccoli crowns and make the pasta a rotini or shell. Delicious. Read More
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