Vegan Alfredo Sauce is creamy, garlicky, and so easy to make from scratch with just a handful of pantry staples! It’s comfort food made 100% dairy-free, oil-free, and ready in minutes!
Why We Love This Recipe!
I have been making this vegan recipe for cashew Alfredo Sauce for the last 8 years, and it never disappoints. It’s rich, indulgent, and simply the best!
Healthy. Made with cashews instead of dairy, this creamy alfredo contains zero cholesterol but still contains plenty of protein and essential vitamins and minerals. See the nutrition card below!
Easy to customize. I love including ways for you to customize the umami flavor. I’ve tried all the recommended ingredients, and each is equally delicious. Keep reading!
Simple and quick. Seriously, this is such an easy peasy recipe! You can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.
Ingredients Needed For Cashew Alfredo Sauce
- Raw Cashews – blend into the best creamy alfredo! You’ll want to use raw, not toasted, cashews for the most neutral flavor. You can find raw cashews at most health-conscious grocery stores or online (affiliate link). I like to buy them in bulk to have handy when making vegan cheese-style recipes.
- Garlic – adds a nice dose of flavor. Feel free to add an extra clove or two.
- Onion + Garlic Powder – are both flavor boosters and added for good measure.
- Miso – adds umami flavor but can be substituted with nutritional yeast or dijon if you don’t have it on hand. All are healthy choices!
- Lemon – is used as an acid to add just the right amount of zing.
- Liquids. I use warm water in this recipe, and really that is all you need since the cashews do all the work on their own to become a creamy sauce. If you prefer, non-dairy milk is great too when using unsweetened, plain plant milk such as almond, cashew, oat, or soy milk.
How To Make Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Making alfredo sauce vegan and dairy-free is easy as 1…2…3!
- Soak the cashews. This helps soften the cashews and can aid in digestion.
- Add the cashews, garlic, miso, onion and garlic powder, salt, and warm water to the cup of a standing or personal blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour over cooked pasta and enjoy!
- Time it right when making alfredo and pasta together. To avoid having to reheat the sauce and/or pasta while the pasta is heating, soak the cashews and while the pasta is boiling, blend the sauce. This way, everything is ready and warm at once.
- Equipment. I love my NutriBullet personal blender (affiliate link) for these small jobs. It’s powerful, compact, and easy to clean. But a regular standing blender will do the job too and it doesn’t have to be a Vitamix.
Leftovers will last in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and will last longer if stored in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in mason jars, but any airtight container will do. After chilling, it will thicken so when you go to reheat, add a little extra water or non-dairy milk to bring it back to a slightly thinner consistency.
Yes, vegan Alfredo sauce can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, allow to cool completely and store in freezer-safe jars leaving a little headspace for expansion. Let thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Absolutely! I am quite partial to this Creamy White Bean & Cauliflower Alfredo. It’s loaded with protein, fiber, and is a delicious option when for those with nut allergies or who just don’t want to use cashews.
This creamy pasta sauce goes with just about any noodle, although alfredo is usually served with fettuccini or other thick noodles. And to round out your meal, here are few delicious options:
- Salad: If making the sauce with pasta, pair your meal with a delicious crisp and fresh salad, like this Classic House Salad or Vegan Caesar Salad.
- Bread: Serve with a slice of homemade Artisan Bread or vegan garlic bread.
- Vegetable: It would be so good with a side of warm Savory Sauteed Kale.
More Easy Pasta Recipes!
- Baked Vegan Mac + Cheese
- Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
- Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad
- Mushroom + Lentil Ragu with Linguini
- See all vegan pasta recipes on TSV!
If you try this dairy-free alfredo recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.Print
Vegan Alfredo Sauce
The Best Vegan Alfredo Sauce is creamy, garlicky, and so easy to make from scratch with just a handful of pantry staples! It’s rich and indulgent comfort food made 100% dairy-free and oil-free!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1x
- Category: Entree
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: American, Vegan
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 3 – 4 garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons white miso (or 1 – 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast or 1 Tsp dijon)
- 1 teaspoon EACH garlic + onion powder
- ½ teaspoon mineral salt, + more to taste
- juice of 1 small lemon (about 1 tablespoon) or 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ¾ – 1 cup warm water
- 12 ounces long pasta (fettuccini or linguine)
Soak cashews: Place cashews in a small bowl and cover with very warm, not boiling, water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Alternatively, soak the cashews in cool water for 2 hours. Drain water before using.
Alfredo Sauce: In a blender, add the cashews, garlic, miso, onion and garlic powder, salt, lemon juice, and water, and blend until thick can creamy, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides. Taste for flavor and add more liquids to thin to desired consistency. Tastes will vary – if you find it’s too bland, add more salt to taste.
Pasta: Cook the pasta according to package directions.
Combine: With the pasta freshly cooked and drained, you can toss the pasta and alfredo sauce in the pot the pasta was cooked in. Alternatively, serve the warm pasta in individual bowls, top with alfredo sauce, and toss.
Serve: Top with chopped parsley and fresh cracked pepper. It’s great with a slice of homemade Artisan Bread or garlic bread.
Store: Leftover sauce and/or pasta can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Reheat on the stove over low heat, adding a splash or two of water.
In place of water, if you prefer to use almond milk or any other type of plant milk. Just be sure to use unsweetened, plain non-dairy milk. Other types that work well are oat, soy, and cashew milk.
For a change, try this cashew-free Creamy White Bean & Cauliflower Alfredo!
Nutrition Information is calculated with the pasta.