I will make it again but will leave out the arrowroot starch. Perfect base sauce recipe for pasta, dips, or cheesy sauce alternatives. Tastes better than regular Alfredo to me! Will make again soon. Yummy. Soooo good and so easy! It's healthier than heavy cream based sauce . Add in 3/4 cup water, garlic, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and blend on high until very smooth—about three minutes. My first time attempting anything nut based and I consider it a success! I added 1 clove because I usually at least half the amount of garlic these recipes ask for, and it was completely. I did substitute corn starch for the arrowroot starch, and it was perfect. 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. Tried a few Alfredo recipes since going vegan and this one is by far the best. Absolutely delicious!! overpowering. Thanks! I also subbed cornstarch for arrowroot because it’s what I had on hand. Arrowroot powder adds thickness and helps the sauce get a bit “stringy” like real cheese! This recipe is a GAME CHANGER. Nutritional yeast provides a nutty, cheese-like flavor and is therefore used to add some umami to vegan sauces, stews soups, dips, and cheeses. I was out of arrowroot powder so I subbed in the same amount of corn starch and it turned out great! I prefer it to almond and this recipe turned out great!! Wholefully is a registered trademark of Back to Her Roots, LLC With my work schedule and a 3 yr old I never really had time to make anything for dinner. This looks dreamy! I’m experiencing stomach issues and am not able to eat cashews. Nothing on the website is offered is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Aside from that, my only issue was that it was very, very thick. I had a similar question. You will be blown away by how much this dairy-free alfredo sauce tastes like the “real thing.” Slather it onto piping hot fettuccine and enjoy a nice dose of vegan comfort food! I have tried 5 different recipes from your site, and I must say they are incredible! But if you give it a try let me know! could you sub white beans for cashews? This was a sucsess! Thanks for sharing! I would leave the cornstarch out altogether. I made this tonight and it was soooo quick and easy! It felt like I was splurging but wasn’t. Very tasty. Whoop! I thinned it out twice while on the stove, but while it sat on the table during dinner it thickened into a paste! Would a food processor work if I don’t have a high speed blender? This pasta outshines every non-vegan pasta I’ve ever had. I used cornstarch because I did not have arrowroot & used unsweetened oat milk. Hi Alix! Was an absolute treat! Xo, Made this for dinner tonight! Why do you eat GF so often? It’s mainly just made of pumpkin (no potatoes) and non-dairy milk but the flavors of roasted garlic and nutritional yeast are still an important part of this dairy-free cheese sauce! It was just as good as it was the first night. Lovely – thanks! It was a little thick so I added more almond milk. This would make the perfect sauce for zucchini noodle pasta or your favorite pasta (I prefer gluten-free fusilli!). Takes 10 minutes in the Vitamix blender and no need to soak the cashews or transfer to the stove! digital book, I share with you everything you need to get started living the Wholefully life—clean eating, green beauty, natural home, self-care, mental health—we cover it all! That was until I HAD to go dairy free. even my non vegan friends loved it ! No doubt, cashews give this sauce … My expectations were for a rich cauliflower sauce that tasted good, but only slightly resembled alfredo sauce. I have a great high powered blender and very hungry kids so I took the easy way and it was still divine! This vegan cheese sauce is made with cashew and nutrition yeast. Measure out the water and add it in. This sauce is extremely flexible and highly customizable. Nice and creamy. Cooked the garlic in EVOO and added to the Vitamix. Thanks for sharing. This is exactly the reason when I search for a vegan version of a food – if your site is in the results – boom. Hope that helps! Really yummy base recipe. Thank you Dana! Could I use brown rice flour instead of arrowroot? If you are a clever vegan or just a general cashew sauce lover and you already do something amazing with cashew sauce that I have not thought … Will definitely make this again! Simple & healthy Ingredients. It will absolutely squash a craving for fettuccine alfredo in a heartbeat—and it might even be good enough to serve to your favorite cheese-lover without them knowing the difference. A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page. What type of nutritional yeast do you prefer or does it matter? This plant-based alfredo sauce is made with 10 simple and natural ingredients including cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and nutritional yeast. Let us know if you give it a try! Time to fill your blender. Soak the cashews in water the night before or in hot water 30 minutes prior to cooking (photo 1). Any idea how I can reduce the sweetness of the recipe? Vanessa. I also added some wild mushrooms, which really worked. I’m going to use the leftovers to make a bechamel butternut squash lasagna and if I have any additional left, thin it a bit more and add pumpkin puree and serve over pasta, garnished with sage. Vegan Alfredo sauce with cashew. I can’t find that in any stores near me! Blend until very smooth and creamy. Mine turned out a little thick, but I used soy milk, which definitely contributed. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You’ll see a lot of recipes out there calling for large amounts of nutritional yeast, but if you are new to it, start in small doses to make sure you enjoy the flavor before diving in full-bore. This recipe is bangin!! I omitted the Vegan parm and used 1tbsp of tapioca starch and just 1 cup of almond milk. Once the cashews have finished soaking you'll be ready to make the sauce: add drained cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, almond milk, jalapeno, turmeric, paprika, onion powder, dijon mustard, salt and black pepper to a high powered blender. It was quick and simple. Made with cashews, lemon, nutritional yeast, garlic, and fresh basil, you will love this divinely creamy pasta sauce that tastes just like summer. 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. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg if that’s a flavor you like in Alfredo sauce… It may thicken as you reheat it on the stovetop, so just thin with more almond milk or water. Not only are they easy, but they are delicious! I did use more almond milk to thin – both in the food processor and on the stove. It could even be enjoyed layered in lasagna! Ordering Arrowroot to try it with that, and subbed corn starch as suggested. We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Heather! I ended up needing to add quite a bit more almond milk than suggested to get the desired consistency. It came out super creamy and thick and was delicious! Yummy! As with others I subbed corn starch and added smoked paprika and vegan mozzarella as a topping. *Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast with a natural cheesy flavour. Slowly add more water, until you achieve the consistency of a creamy Alfredo. I added pepper for spice and it was delicious! The free Living Wholefully Starter Guide is packed full of tips, tricks, recipes, and a 14-day meal plan to get you started on the road to vibrant health. I’m definitely going to make this one of my mid-week go-to recipes. I would not skip it. The veg stock takes away from the creamy white color a bit, but provides a little extra flavor. I’m not going to lie to you, nothing is going to taste as rich and decadent as a sauce made with plenty of butter, cheese, and cream. Thanks so much for the lovely review! I like to meal prep and freeze sauces. Your 5 minutes is up. It is a Instant Pot friendly pasta recipe too. Aw, thanks so much for the lovely review, Stephanie! I didn’t have cashews on hand and almost fainted when I saw the price of raw cashews, but I have lots of raw sunflower seeds and used them instead. 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. I’ve kept the sauce simple and haven’t used any other ingredients other than nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and salt + pepper to season, but you could also add miso for extra umami flavour if you like. Next time I’ll use only 3 T of nutritional yeast instead of 4 T as a little “yeasty” tasting for me. Many Thanks Dana, you’re my Nr 1 Vegan inspiration ? Made this Alfredo this week! Savory – 1/2 tsp black pepper or chili (for spicy version). xo. Sounds amazing! Very easy to make and a satisfying sauce. So delicious! It’s ridiculously easy to make and people are always surprised to find out that it’s vegan. I used corn starch and it worked out fine! Yum. I don’t think you need to add arrowroot starch to the mix. This was a keeper! It’s believed that the dish was created in Rome, Italy by Alfredo di Lelio for his pregnant wife. WOW. 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). Delicious – I made it without arrowroot and worked great. Thanks for another wonderful vegan recipe! Much appreciated!! We’re so glad you both enjoyed it, Danielle. 10/10. Non-vegan here. If you’ve been looking for a creamy, vegan pasta sauce recipe, look no further. We prefer the garlic, but feel free to omit if sensitive to garlic. So similar to non vegan Alfredo! Other Creative Uses for Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. Sorry to hear it was too much garlic for you! And thanks so much for the lovely review, Mina. We skipped the garlic, used 1c oat milk because that’s what I had and then used the pasta water to thin once it was in the pan (probably used 1.5 c). I am going to freeze some of it and will let you know how it turns out. 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 lactose intolerant and crave Alfredo sauce occasionally and this was an amazing substitute. I hope you know I’m making your website famous cause I can’t get enough of your wisdom. Food is my love language, and my kitchen tips and nourishing recipes are my love letter to you! Looking forward to trying it exactly as written next time, and really thankful for the post! Thank you !!! Hmm, we’ve never had that experience! The sauce should thicken and bubble. Hmm I think you may have success with the nutribullet if you don’t have a highspeed blender! She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. It is definitely too long since I have used cashews, I totally forgot how much I love them. Remove the onions from the pan and add it to a blender. Thanks so much! Hi Gabrielle! Thanks for sharing our recipes, Marylynn! Boiled the cashews so I didn’t have to soak them overnight, never plan that far ahead. Very new to plant based eating, which can be overwhelming!! My husband loved this recipe too, and he is a meat and cheese lover. I’m struggling to find it in a store near me. My daughter has fairly recently diagnosed food allergies, and this was a lifesaver. Add the drained cashews into a high-powered blender along with garlic, lemon juice, onion, nutritional yeast and some herbs. More nutritional yeast will do, yes! I was wondering if another nut could be used in this recipe because I can’t eat cashews. Love it! Used half spinach fettuccine and half zucchini noodles. I just made this and threw a few handfuls of basil from my garden into the blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Apart from its ability to turn an otherwise bland sauce into a total cheese-fest, it is also a significant source of B Vitamins. I did end up using a little more salt and nutritional yeast, and also added peas. I could’ve probably done five zucchinis but I like my pasta sauce-y! She had to ask me several times during dinner if this was actually dairy free!! shoot! Copyright © 2010–2020 Back to Her Roots, LLC. I bought cashews just for this recipe – it does NOT need garlic in it. Blended together all ingredients except the nutritional yeast. Maybe what happens to me has happened to others, every time i make cashew alfredo it comes out sweet. The consistency is lovely and the aftertaste of cheese is nice, but I would recommend omitting the garlic completely. You never disappoint me though! 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. So thick and creamy. The vegan parmesan was also really good, we’ll be using it to top off a lot of other dishes and side salads! Thanks for sharing! This recipe looks delicious! You can find it in most health food shops or online and it's not expensive. NOTE: If you don’t have a strong blender, no worries! ☺ Thank you for the suggestion, however, I cannot have chili. I was feeling lazy and used canned coconut milk instead of homemade almond. I dropped the vegan parm, added 5 tbsp Nut yeast , added onion powder and black pepper, took one bite and thats when I exclaimed ^^^ Delish and easy! What if I where to use cornstarch instead of arrow root would it still come out the same? Made it exactly as directed and it is absolutely delicious. I did use some organic parmesan cheese that I had but not a lot and I substituted broth for the non dairy milk product. Is there an alternative that can be used for nutritional yeast? This mix made the perfect thick rosé sauce. I also added sautéed mushrooms and asses nutritional yeast and my favourite store bought cashew parmesan to the sauce. I made this recipe twice already and it’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Blend until a thick sauce comes together. I would say leave it out or sub cornstarch! It turned out a bit sweet – is that normal? It’s truly a guilt-free pleasure you and your family can indulge on. I didn’t soak cashews and used just a little tomato sauce mixed in instead of roasted tomatoes. Super quick method: Place cashews and three cups of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and continue boiling for 10 minutes. Thank you so much for your beautiful, wonderful, delicious recipes!!! How are you supposed to prepare zucchini noodles? Recipe updated 10/18/17 to include more almond milk for thinner texture, and noting arrowroot as optional. It was AWESOME! Thank you for all your recipes ? No worries! I belong to Vegan beginners 101 and everyday I share your web. They got very soft and blended up nice and smooth, and it took much less time, too. HOW DO YOU MAKE VEGAN ALFREDO SAUCE? Next time I’ll add some mushrooms, peas, and or asparagus. Second, I added a 1/2 tsp of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice to the cream mixture in the blender. Soak the cashews overnight. Thanks so much for sharing! Didn’t use any arrowroot. My expectations were for a rich cauliflower sauce that tasted good, but only slightly resembled alfredo sauce. If the Vitamix wasn’t so noisy, I’d make this every day. I usually double the recipe and it is just as wonderful the next day. Combine cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and garlic to create a rich alfredo sauce. I think the soy sauce/coconut aminos were just as important as the nutritional yeast. Check out this tutorial! I made this tonight and used tapioca flour in place of arrowroot and it came out great! It was creamy and so good! This was sooooo impressive. I am not vegan, but I love the nutty-ness of cashew sauces! I left out the aroot starch and the parmesan and it’s still amazing. While I dig nutritional yeast and use it in many of my recipes, I skipped it here. To blender, also add arrowroot starch (for thickening), nutritional yeast, garlic, sea salt, vegan … 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. I made this for dinner tonight, it’s delicious! THANKS SO MUCH!! It’s plenty thick without it. As an added bonus, this rich tasting sauce … It does seem the right brand of coconut milk is essential. And for more flavor, I generally add salt, nutritional yeast, and red pepper flake and/or garlic :D. Yummy! I’m not sure if this is the same issue. This was so delicious!! Let soak overnight (at least 6 hours). I made this tonight and it was fantastic! Does anybody know why? Could I use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder? I just find it gives that gooey texture cheese does. Left-over never goes to waste! Unlike many vegan Alfredo recipes I found online that call for oil, butter and nutritional yeast, I’m making a cashew Alfredo sauce with no oil, no butter, and no nutritional yeast. Thanks so much! Xo. The texture was a bit weird. Sometimes I feel like arrowroot can be a little tricky. The sauce should be the consistency of eggnog, buttermilk, or a thick heavy whipping cream. This recipe makes cooking with nutritional yeast so much fun. I am wondering about nutrational yeast which you make use of in a few recipes (like this one). This is now my go-to sauce. Thanks so much for the lovely review. Aw, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, Halley! 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