Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce + VIDEO

Nothing is more comforting than a big bed of pasta blanketed in a creamy sauce. This vegan alfredo sauce recipe checks off all the boxes sans all the dairy and cheese. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to whip up, making it a perfect candidate for a weeknight meal.

close up of pasta with broccoli and vegan alfredo in pan

There are certain foods that I love making vegan versions of – and alfredo is one of those foods.

This is the recipe you can feed to your carnivore friends and play that “I-can’t-believe-this-is-vegan” game.

We all know that game.

Whether you are strictly vegan or just looking for a lightened up alfredo, this recipe is for you my friend.

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Ingredients for vegan alfredo sauce

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cashews
  • Plant-based milk
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pasta of choice

Note: This recipe calls for soaked cashews so there’s a little prep work to remember.

vegan alfredo sauce in blender

Quick cashew soaking method:

If you forget to soak the cashews OR you just realized you need this recipe in your life right now (which I don’t blame you), you can do the quick soaking cashew method…

  1. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a glass or mason jar. Add cashews and let sit uncovered for 15 minutes.

How to make the best vegan alfredo sauce

Follow these 2 easy steps for making a creamy, luxurious vegan alfredo sauce:

  1. First, cook the onions and garlic.
  2. Then add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Yup, it’s THAT easy.

pasta, vegan alfredo sauce, and broccoli in pan

How do you thicken vegan alfredo sauce?

This recipe with soaked cashews and dairy-free milk creates a wonderfully smooth cream sauce. However if after blending you want a thicker vegan alfredo sauce, try adding a bit more nutritional yeast and blend again for a moment. You also can toss in some shredded plant-based parmesan cheese to the blender for added thickness and richness. 

How to use homemade vegan alfredo sauce

Mix your sauce with warm pasta and steamed broccoli (highly recommended) for a delicious dinner. You can use gluten-free pasta if you like!

Alfredo sauce is also yummy served directly over your other cooked veggies or on rice. It’s so good I bet you’ll give it a try on nearly all of your most loved sides! Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to enjoy 🙂

Tip: You can find fancy pasta in the food section at Home Goods which is where I bought this fettuccine. It is wayyyy better than the typical grocery store kind and pretty comparable in price (winning!)

vegan fettuccine alfredo in pan with broccoli

Which plant-based milk is best for this recipe?

Some alfredo recipes call for coconut milk (for extra creaminess). I personally prefer unsweetened almond milk. You can taste the coconut milk in the alfredo sauce and I personally am not a fan. Almond milk is more neutral and lets the other flavors shine through.

tongs putting vegan fettuccine alfredo on plate

This alfredo sauce recipe is included in my Plug and Play Vegan Recipes ebook where you can learn to customize your own plant-based recipes!

vegan fettuccine alfredo on white plates with broccoli and parsley

Ways to customize this vegan alfredo sauce recipe

  • Use roasted garlic for a garlicky sauce.
  • Pair the sauce with pasta and sauteed mushrooms (yum!).
  • Top your pasta with vegan-friendly shredded or grated parmesan cheese.
  • Use a gluten-free pasta to make this comforting dish GF.
  • Add meatless chicken strips (like Gardein) to make a rendition of chicken alfredo.

How to store dairy-free alfredo sauce

Transfer cooled vegan alfredo to an airtight container before storing in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 4 days, and is easy to reheat in the microwave. Just stir between short bursts until slightly warm, and then add to hot pasta or veggies.

It is not recommended that you freeze alfredo sauce.

vegan alfredo sauce with pasta and broccoli. hand is twirling fork in pasta

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close up of pasta with broccoli and vegan alfredo in pan

Vegan Alfredo Sauce Recipe

So creamy without all the cheese and dairy! This recipe only requires 7 ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes. Combine with your favorite pasta like fettuccine and broccoli for an easy weeknight dinner.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegan
Keyword: dairy free alfredo sauce, vegan creamy pasta sauce, vegan italian recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Amanda

Ingredients

Serving Suggestions:

  • fettuccine pasta about 1/2 package uncooked
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli

Alfredo Sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked in water for at least 4 hours (see notes for quicker method)
  • 3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Tools:

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a pan on low- medium heat.
  • Sauté onions until translucent (about 10 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Add to high-speed blender along with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Cook pasta according to instructions. To steam the broccoli, I like to put a wire mesh strainer over the pot of pasta and add the broccoli. Steam until bright green.
  • Combine cooked pasta, broccoli, and sauce. Serve warm. Leftovers keep in the fridge for about 5 days.

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Notes

If you don’t have time to soak cashews, use the quick method:
  1. Boil a pot of water to a rolling boil.
  2. Pout water into glass or mason jar and add cashews.
  3. Let sit uncovered for 15 minutes.
Homemade dairy-free vegan alfredo sauce will keep well for up to 4 days stored in a sealed container in the fridge, and is easy to reheat in the microwave. Just stir between short bursts until slightly warm, and then add to hot pasta or veggies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving of sauce (1/4 recipe) does not include pasta or vegetables | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2.1g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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17 thoughts on “Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce + VIDEO”

  1. 5 stars
    My favorite type of pasta is the one that goes with creamy sauce because it is such a great combo! And the fact that your sauce is vegan makes it even better – I can use this recipe when my vegan friends stop by. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I love using nuts to thicken sauces, it is a technique used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking all of the time, but I have never thought of trying it with a pasta sauce, genius! This sounds delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea to cook for my vegan friend, always struggling to think of a vegan dish, she loves nuts and I am sure this will be an amazing dish and she will love it. Thanks so much for saving my evening 😉

  4. 5 stars
    I absolutely agree. Coconut milk is too flavorful to be good in Alfredo! I would use the almond milk too! This looks so creamy and delicious! I think I will try to trick my Alfredo loving husband with this dish! I’ll let you know how it goes.

  5. Can you use any other nuts in the recipe? One of my children is allergic to cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts. So trying to work around those but not sure peanuts would taste so great. Maybe sunflower or pumpkin?

  6. 5 stars
    Holy cow this was amazing! Even if I wasn’t avoiding dairy, I would prefer this to regular Alfredo. It was so easy to throw together ! Great recipe!!

  7. 5 stars
    Love this Alfredo Sauce! We’re not vegan, but my husband can’t eat flour, and we are both avoiding dairy. So this sauce works for both of us. One question I have–can this sauce be made ahead and frozen? I think I’d cook with it more often if I didn’t have to make it fresh each time.

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