Best Alfredo Sauce Dairy-Free Recipe (100% Vegan)

Best Alfredo Sauce Dairy-Free Recipe (100% Vegan)

Best homemade alfredo sauce, dairy-free & gluten-free! Learn how to make a simple white vegan sauce for pasta, a quick and easy whole foods recipe.

Moreover, it’s naturally creamy without heavy cream or flour. You need no cream cheese, no tofu, no butter to make the best vegan pasta sauce that’s ready in 20 minutes! Clean, rich, and silky, it’s a wonderful alternative to traditional alfredo sauce.

Creamy vegan white sauce for pasta in a bowl.

Bonus?

It’s secretly healthy and full of plant-based ingredients. You can serve it with any kind of pasta, dip roasted broccoli and baked potatoes in it, or use it as a topping for crispy potato latkes or zucchini fritters.

Perfect as a wholesome weeknight-friendly meal or a hearty lunch idea for the whole family.

I’m sure this indulging dairy-free alfredo sauce will please vegans and non-vegans alike!

Simple Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce

Simple homemade alfredo sauce made from vegan-friendly plant-based ingredients

Hey friends, today’s menu features the ultimate comfort food – cashew alfredo pasta sauce. You’re going to love this quick DIY sauce mixed in your fave pasta dish. It’s light, super flavorful, and incredibly nourishing.

This easy-to-prepare sauce is made with fragrantly sautéed onion and garlic blended together with soft cashews (soaked in water beforehand), nutritional yeast (for that unique cheesy-like umami flavor), lemon juice (to brighten everything up), salt, and pepper.

It has a gorgeously smooth texture, savory, cheesy-like taste, and is so satisfying. Did I mention that it’s packed with heart-healthy fats, lots of fiber, and plant protein? Amazingly good for you, and your tummy, too!

You need to add this dairy-free alfredo sauce to your clean eating list asap.

Now, let’s make it together!

Ingredients for Alfredo Garlic Sauce

Wholesome ingredients for preparing white vegan sauce for pasta with cashews, onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and spices.

You’ll need a few pantry staples to make this filling homemade pasta sauce. Here they’re:

  • Raw cashews
  • Onion (yellow is best for this recipe)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Olive oil (extra virgin)
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Water

As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to make vegan alfredo sauce from scratch?

  1. Sauté onion and garlic

    First, soak the cashews for 5-10 minutes in hot, boiling water (alternatively, soak them in cold water for 2 hours or overnight).
    While the cashews are soaking, finely chop onion and garlic. Add olive oil into a small frying pan and heat it over medium heat. Sautée onion for 3 minutes, then add garlic and sautée for additional 5 minutes or until they are tender and fragrant.
    In the meantime, cook your favorite pasta according to package instructions. I used 450 gr (15 oz) of pasta.

  2. Blend

    Next, drain soaked cashews. Rinse them with cold water and drain them again. After that, add sautéed onion and garlic, drained cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and water to a high-powered blender. You can use the starchy pasta water to achieve creamier results. But it’ll be perfectly fine with fresh tap water, too, if you are not planning to use it for pasta.
    Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the salt as per your taste. Also, you can add more water and blend again if you prefer your sauce thinner. Or add more seasonings if you like (I often add dried dill :)) to make it even more delish.

  3. Serve and enjoy

    Finally, serve with warm vegan pasta, fresh or roasted veggies, pizza, or salad, and enjoy. Store any leftovers in the fridge, covered in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days, or freeze in a freezer-friendly container or silicone cube tray for up to 2 months.

Creamy dairy-free alfredo sauce mixed in vegan pasta in a bowl for dinner or lunch.
Can you freeze vegan alfredo sauce?

Sure, you can freeze your homemade alfredo sauce in a freezer-friendly container or silicone cube tray (for easier use) for up to 2 months.

Is alfredo sauce lactose-free?

Absolutely! Our dairy-free version of alfredo sauce is completely lactose-free. Although classic alfredo sauce calls for tons of dairy and unhealthy fats, ours is made without milk products and is surprisingly healthy. It’s perfectly safe to be eaten by people with lactose or gluten intolerances. The sauce is gluten-free on its own, just make sure you serve gluten-free pasta with it.

Is vegan alfredo better than traditional?

Yes, plant-based alfredo is a much better choice than traditional. Traditional sauce is high in saturated fats, sodium, and calories. At the same time, lactose can upset your digestion and cause diarrhea. That’s why you will love this nondairy alfredo sauce. It’s made with whole foods that are easy to digest and good for your body. An entirely guilt-free and weight-loss-friendly sauce. Win-win!

Why This Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce is the Best?

Creamy vegan alfredo sauce made with cashews and simple ingredients for pasta.
  • No animal ingredients
  • No dairy
  • Egg-free
  • No tofu or soy
  • No heavy cream
  • Crowd pleasing
  • Versatile
  • Ready in no time
  • Perfect for busy days
  • So appetizing!

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Best creamy alfredo sauce dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free for pasta.

Best Alfredo Sauce Dairy-Free Recipe (100% Vegan)

Marinela
Best homemade alfredo sauce, dairy-free & gluten-free! Learn how to make a simple white vegan sauce for pasta, a quick and easy whole foods recipe.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine dairy-free, Gluten-free, Italian-inspired, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 (1/2 cup each serving)
Calories 266 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Frying pan
  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cashews raw, unsalted, soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes or 2-3 hours in cold water
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced (1 small onion)
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped (about 1 full tablespoon)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin, for sautéing onions and garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup water if cooking pasta, use starchy pasta water for creamier results

Instructions
 

  • First, soak the cashews for 5-10 minutes in hot, boiling water (alternatively, soak them in cold water for 2 hours or overnight). While the cashews are soaking, finely chop onion and garlic. Add olive oil into a small frying pan and heat it over medium heat. Sautée onion for 3 minutes, then add garlic and sautée for additional 5 minutes or until they are tender and fragrant. In the meantime, cook your favorite pasta according to package instructions. I used 450 gr (15 oz) of pasta.
    Finely chopped onions and garlic sautéing in a fraying pan for making homemade creamy alfredo sauce (dairy-free).
  • Next, drain soaked cashews. Rinse them with cold water and drain them again. After that, add sautéed onion and garlic, drained cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and water to a high-powered blender. You can use the starchy pasta water to achieve creamier results. But it'll be perfectly fine with fresh tap water, too, if you are not planning to use it for pasta. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the salt as per your taste. Also, you can add more water and blend again if you prefer your sauce thinner. Or add more seasonings if you like (I often add dried dill :)) to make it even more delish.
    Cashews, nutritional yeast, onion, garlic, lemon juice, water, and seasonings in a blender jar for preparing creamy white vegan sauce for pasta.
  • Finally, serve with warm vegan pasta, fresh or roasted veggies, pizza, or salad, and enjoy. Store any leftovers in the fridge, covered in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days, or freeze in a freezer-friendly container or silicone cube tray for up to 2 months.
    Creamy vegan alfredo sauce made with cashews and simple ingredients for pasta.

Notes

  • This recipe yields approximately 2 cups of sauce.
  • For the finest creamy texture use a high-powered blender. If using a regular blender, soak the cashews longer as described above.
  • Note that some cashews tend to have a sweeter taste, if yours are like that, taste and add more salt to balance out the sweetness.
  • Add a tablespoon of water at a time if you like your sauce to have a thinner texture.
  • You can add more seasonings if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 880mgPotassium: 330mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 3mg
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