This 5-Minute Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce tastes just like the real thing! Blended with cashews, garlic, white wine, and vegetable bouillon, your guests will have a hard time believing this pasta sauce is vegan. Pour it over fettucini for the very best weeknight dinner!
Make the best vegan fettucini alfredo with this 5-Minute Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce recipe! So garlicky, creamy, and zesty, it’s sure to become a new weeknight go-to.
Trust me when I say that no one will believe this cashew alfredo sauce is vegan. The smooth cashew cream is irresistibly creamy and has a natural cheesy flavor. A little vegan cream cheese, white wine, garlic, and miso work together to give it a brilliant tang and savory flavors. It’s just as garlicky and delicious as my Creamy Garlic Sauce, but tastes just like a classic alfredo recipe.
Better yet, this easy alfredo sauce is also:
- Both kid and adult-friendly
- Naturally gluten free
- Delicious, rich, and creamy
- Made without any dairy, eggs, or coconut milk
- Ready to enjoy in just 5 minutes!
Regular alfredo sauce vs. vegan alfredo sauce
There’s no denying that regular, dairy-filled alfredo sauce is not a health food. It’s meant to be rich, savory, creamy, and heavy. Instead of being made with heavy cream, milk, butter, and cheese, vegan alfredo is made with much lighter ingredients and a handful of herbs and spices to replicate the same great flavors.
Vegan alfredo sauce ingredients
- Raw cashews - Look for raw, unsalted cashews so the flavor of the sauce is unaffected.
- Plant milk - Unsweetened oat, cashew, almond, or soy milk will work.
- Dry white wine - This will give the sauce a nice bright flavor. If you want to make this recipe without alcohol, swap the wine for lemon juice.
- Vegan cream cheese - For extra creaminess! Tofutti is a delicious brand of vegan cream cheese so is Violife and Daiya or you can try making your own at home.
- White miso - Make sure you pick up white miso and not red miso, as it will have a much stronger, deeper flavor (because it’s been fermented longer than the white).
- Garlic - This alfredo recipe is already garlicky, but you can always blend in an extra 2 or 3 garlic cloves to achieve your desired flavour.
- Herbs and spices - Like garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
How to make vegan alfredo sauce with cashews
You couldn’t ask for a more savory, garlicky, and creamy vegan pasta sauce. All it takes is 5 minutes and 2 steps:
- Soak the cashews: Add your cashews to a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak for a few minutes while you add the rest of the ingredients (except the basil) to a blender.
- Blend the sauce: Pour the soaked and drained cashews into the blender. Blend until smooth, then enjoy!
How to make vegan fettucini alfredo
The best way to use your cream sauce is on pasta! Vegan fettucini alfredo is perfect for kid friendly dinners or when you’re in the mood for comfort food. Here’s how it’s done:
- Cook the pasta: Cook your fettucini noodles (regular or gluten free) according to the package instructions. Drain and toss with a little olive oil and set aside.
- Simmer the alfredo sauce: Pour your prepared alfredo sauce and dried basil into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it up to a simmer to let it thicken slightly. When it’s ready, adjust the flavor with a teaspoon or two of white vinegar or lemon juice, and/or salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy: Add some fettucini noodles into individual bowls and pour the alfredo sauce over top. Add vegan parmesan cheese on top and serve!
Tips for success
- Simmering the sauce in a saucepan will help cook out the alcohol in the wine.
- Is the sauce too thick? Thin it out with a splash of dairy free milk or water until it’s to your liking.
- No nutritional yeast, no problem! This sauce is cheesy and creamy enough even without the nooch.
- For added nutrition, stir steamed broccoli, cauliflower, or peas into the fettucini alfredo.
Frequently asked questions
The cashews are necessary for the creamy, smooth texture but if you don’t have any, you can try using white beans or slivered almonds instead. If you have an aversion to nuts, replace the cashews with sunflower seeds. Have not tested these are just suggestions.
Pour the heated sauce over fettucini or any pasta noodle you love. Vegan fettucini alfredo is delicious next to garlic bread and Caesar salad!
The sauce on its own can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days
Yes! Keep the blended sauce in an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze.
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