Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta is such a creamy and cheesy weeknight dinner! It’s absolutely decadent, made with a cashew cream sauce, and the sauce is made easily in your blender!

vegan garlic Alfredo pasta on plate being twirled by a gold fork

Where do I start? You’re going to absolutely love and want to devour this Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta. I’m talking cheesy, creamy, absolutely indulgent in taste kind of pasta dinner. The kind of dinner that totally hits the spot, and makes you want to curl up on a Friday night. Without the heavy feeling, of course. All my pasta cravings are hereby conquered.

First things first – I haven’t been a big pasta fanatic. LET me be clear. When a pasta dish is done well – I am all for that. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan though, you know that lots of pasta dishes just are not done correctly. Kind of a leftover, oh yeah whoops, kind of scenario, and it can drive you to never want to have pasta again.

Alfredo sauce being poured on to a pot of pasta to make vegan garlic Alfredo pasta

WHAT a terrible nightmarish scenario. Fortunately, after making this Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta, I now know I have the best pasta dish sitting and waiting at home on me! You’re going to want to grab some cashews right now so that you can make this for dinner, friends.

Let’s talk key ingredients. That roasted garlic is a must. I mean, it deepens the flavour of the entire sauce, and really brings it to another level. You’re going to have to wait for your cashews to soak anyway, so you might as well make it. I guarantee it’ll change all of your dishes.

Speaking of which, cashews. OMG. Adding soaked cashews to this sauce makes it so creamy and gives it that traditional white colour. No, the sauce won’t taste like cashews, thanks to the addition of another ingredient: lemon or lime juice. This acid helps to neutralise the cashew flavour so all you taste is the cheesiness.

pasta spoon scooping vegan garlic Alfredo pasta out of a pot

The nutritional yeast and the vegan parmesan cheese! I speak all about nutritional yeast here, and I made a vegan parmesan cheese for you here. You can also buy your vegan parm though, so it’s totally up to you. That extra bit of tanginess really ups the sauce, and you can add eons of it on top too. The nutritional yeast in the Alfredo sauce gives it that cheesy flavour, that will have you taste testing the heck out of this sauce.

Almond milk and pasta water! Don’t use regular water! Pasta water already has some saltiness, some starch, and is a perfectly seasoned form of water in this sauce. The almond milk of course adds more creaminess.

vegan garlic Alfredo pasta in a plate with chopped parsley on on top

Basically what I’m saying is, friends, every ingredient is key here. Including the cooked down onions (adding a nice flavour + umami). What you get is a beautiful vegan Alfredo sauce recipe made in your blender that you can pour back on your pasta and then dig in. The kind of sauce you’ll probably want to put on anything, but will definitely slather all over your pasta.

That’s it! Your pasta dreams have come true! Dive in friends, and enjoy!

This Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta is such a creamy and cheesy weeknight dinner! It's absolutely decadent, made with a cashew cream sauce, and the sauce is made easily in your blender! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

 

vegan garlic Alfredo pasta on plate being twirled by a gold fork

Vegan Garlic Alfredo Pasta

by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients

Pasta

  • 12 ounces any pasta I used fettuccine
  • chopped parsley for garnish

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight, or in hot water for one hour
  • 1/4 cup pasta water
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic*
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese + extra for topping
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
Instructions

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in a well salted pot of water. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water.
  • While the pasta is boiling/you're waiting for the water to boil, in a pan over medium high heat, heat the vegan butter or olive oil. Add the onion, stir and let cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the onions from the pan and add it to a blender. Add the rinsed off soaked cashews (without the water), the pasta water, the almond milk, the roasted garlic, the nutritional yeast, the sea salt the vegan parmesan cheese and the lime juice. Blend it all together until completely creamy. If you have a high powered blender this will happen quickly, about 1 minute, if not, just keep blending until completely smooth and creamy. Taste and add more salt or vegan parmesan cheese if necessary.
  • When the pasta is finished boiling, drain and pour back into the pan you had used earlier or even into a Tupperware container if you want. Pour the Alfredo sauce over and stir to combine completely.
  • When serving, top with parsley to garnish and more vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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NOTES
*YES roasted garlic takes about 40 minutes, but you’ll need to wait for your cashews to soak for an hour at least anyway! Cut a bit of the tops off of a whole head of garlic, put it in foil, drizzle olive oil on it, wrap the foil around it and cook it at 450 degrees F for 45 minutes in your oven until the cloves are soft and velvety! Allow it to cool, then push the cloves out.
 
You can reheat this! Just reheat it in a stove top over medium high heat with a bit more almond milk to thin it out again until hot.
Prep time doesn’t include soaking the cashews overnight.
by Jessica

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40 comments

  1. Erica says:

    I’m allergic to cashews, what would you suggest?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Erica,

      Maybe macadamia nuts? It might not be as smooth but they are pretty close in texture!

      • kelly says:

        hi jessica! I’m making a vegetable lasagna for a bunch of midwest carnivores for xmas dinner, and am going to use this recipe cuz I’m trying to keep them healthy. hahaha. i have some vanilla almond milk in the fridge…..do you think it would change the taste that significantly, or do you think it might pair well and bring out the sweetness of the roasted garlic due to almond milk being slightly heady tasting all around anyways?

      • Laura says:

        Skinless sunflower seeds

  2. Michele says:

    Hi, thank you for this recipe, I’m excited to try it. Do you think it would freeze well?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Michelle! We’re so glad that you want to try it. I’m sorry but creamy pastas don’t tend to freeze well.

      • Michele Bonk says:

        Thank you for your prompt response! I meant just the sauce…I make a white bean lasagna and it usually freezes really well with dairy Alfredo sauce but I don’t want to use dairy anymore.

        • Michele says:

          Just wanted you to know I made this and used it in a lasagna.I froze the extra sauce and it thawed beautifully in both the lasagna and the sauce alone. So, make extra and freeze it, it’s AMAZING!!!

        • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

          Thank you so much Michele! We love your feedback! Thanks so much for your kind words!

  3. Trena Stoute says:

    Great recipe, been meaning to try a cashew alternative for this sauce but was hesitant that it would have a strong nutty flavor but this was creamy and great cheese flavor, like another writer above I added some extra salt and pepper (personal preference). Made your vegan parmesan as well, also super impressed. Will definitely make both again.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Trena,

      I’m so happy to hear that, and so happy you enjoyed the vegan parm also! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Alissa says:

    This was wonderful! So creamy and flavorful. I tried one other recipe in the past with cauliflower and didn’t really care for it. This sauce was exactly what I hoped for. I added a ton of black pepper, which gave it a cacio e pape feel. I served it over Banza chickpea shells with Beyond Meat sausage and broccoli all mixed together. People ask if I feel deprived eating veggie/vegan and it’s sauces like this that make it easy to say no! Thank you.

  5. chloe says:

    should i use pre squeezed lime juice from a bottle, or should i buy a fresh lime and squeeze it myself?

  6. Clare says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is everything it promises and more! The onion and roasted garlic give the sauce depth of flavor and the nutritional yeast and vegan Parmesan make this sauce absolutely decadent. My only variation was to use oat milk in place of almond milk and it worked perfectly. This sauce will keep in the fridge for several days and actually tastes better when the flavors are left to meld a bit.

    I will NEVER go back to dairy-based Alfredo. This is my new “go-to” recipe for a velvety, cheesy, satisfying sauce!

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Clare! that substitution does sound yummy! We’re so happy you enjoyed! Thanks for taking the time to share! ?

  7. Madison says:

    would it be ok if I used cashews that weren’t raw and didn’t soak them? I’m not close to a store that sells raw cashews, they’re always roasted.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Madison,

      I haven’t tried roasted cashews, so I can’t guarantee, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! As long as they aren’t salted! I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  8. Maria says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is divine!!! The sauce is so cheezy it’s hard to believe there’s no cheese in it. I added a bit of full-fat coconut milk for extra creaminess, and stirred in some sauteed mushrooms at the very end. My husband loved it so much he went back for thirds. Thanks for this delicious recipe! I’d give it 6 stars if i could. 😉

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow thank you so much Maria! We’re so happy that you and your husband enjoyed it! We hope you have a great day!

  9. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Hi, this sauce is amazing. Thank you for the recipe. Even my pickiest eater loved it. Husband included and they don’t like to try new things. Didn’t tell them what they were eating. I have some extra sauce. How long can i keep it in the fridge. X

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Natalie thank u so much for your kind review! The sauce will keep in the fridge comfortably for 5- 7 days. I really hope this helps!

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