Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce by Pasta-based.

Creamy, velvety, easy to make, alfredo sauce that’s 100% vegan! PUH-LEEZ tell me this is a real thing in the world? What was that? Oh wait… it is?! OH EM GEE. Friends, you do not want to miss out on this recipe.

This plant-based alfredo sauce is made with 10 simple and natural ingredients including cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and nutritional yeast. That’s right – no processed vegan cream cheese or butter!

Let’s be real for a second, because you knoooow the story about the alfredo sauce at Olive Garden and how it contains a crazy amount of calories and fat and unhealthy animal products. People order that there, not even knowing that it has more calories than you should eat in one entire day. That’s the way our world is.

But here, I’ve tested this recipe for creamy alfredo sauce using plants only and I am so pleased with the velvety texture that it’s a must for the blog right now. And I don’t even have a super fancy extra blendy blender. I used my regular ol’ $30 blender I got with my 20% off coupon at Bed & Bath and this sauce came out CREAMY AF 👏 (and delicious AF, too).

When thinking of an alfredo recipe, I thought of many different ingredients I could try. I already have a similar recipe for a white wine alfredo which uses cashews and white wine, of course. This time however, I wanted to make a sauce that doesn’t use any cashews but still has the creaminess of a traditional alfredo sauce.

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce by Pasta-based.

This creamy AF sauce is made with blended cauliflower. Now I know what you’re thinking, you’ve tried a cauliflower alfredo recipe and the texture was still not right. I’ve done that too! Being honest, I was totally turned off from the cauliflower alfredo trend for quite some time.

Then one day I thought to myself, “Stop with the excuses, girl! Pasta-based is missing a traditional cheesy alfredo sauce! Get on it already!” So I got to experimenting and testing and eating wayyyy too much pasta then I would care to admit (even for an Italian food blog) then BAM! it was ready. The recipe came out BOMB 💣 with a few simple ingredients.

I used this vegan alfredo recipe to smother some homemade tortellini. There is nothing like tortellini alfredo with peas. Totally inspired by every tortellini dish I had growing up. You can use it with any type of pasta you want – fettuccine alfredo anyone? Ohhh damn.

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce by Pasta-based.

5 from 2 votes
Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Creamy, velvety, easy to make, alfredo sauce that's 100% vegan! 

This plant-based alfredo sauce is made with 10 simple and natural ingredients including cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and nutritional yeast. That's right - no processed vegan cream cheese or butter!

Course: Dinner, Pasta, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian, Vegan
Keyword: alfredo, cauliflower, nutritional yeast, pasta, sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per Serving: 55 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (separated)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (large cloves)
  • 1 bulb shallot thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper each
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium heat. Add minced garlic and sliced shallot. Cook until brown and fragrant.

  2. Stir in almond milk and vegetable broth. Increase heat and bring to a low boil. 

  3. Add cauliflower florets, lower heat back to medium, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until cauliflower florets are soft.

  4. In a blender, add the ingredients from the saucepan, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, another tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, about five minutes. Add more vegetable broth or olive oil as needed for the consistency you prefer. 

Recipe Notes
  • *Substitute for any unsweetened plant-based milk for a nut-free option

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 436mg 18%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 31.5%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Creamy, velvety, easy to make, alfredo sauce that's 100% vegan! By Pasta-based. This plant-based alfredo sauce is made with 10 simple and natural ingredients including cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and nutritional yeast. That's right - no processed vegan cream cheese or butter!

Creamy, velvety, easy to make, alfredo sauce that's 100% vegan! By Pasta-based. This plant-based alfredo sauce is made with 10 simple and natural ingredients including cauliflower, garlic, shallots, and nutritional yeast. That's right - no processed vegan cream cheese or butter!

July 4, 2018

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7 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter

    June 26, 2018

    I was struggling not to drool just looking at the mouthwatering images! This sauce sounds perfect for any pasta or gnocchi. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Reply

    Cassidy

    July 1, 2018

    This just looks dreamy! I’m a sucker for creamy sauces!

  3. Reply

    Nicole Dawson

    July 9, 2018

    Once I started using cauliflower as my cream base for pasta sauce, it’s been my favorite! Plus, we are nut-free also, which makes it even better.

  4. Reply

    Jasmin | VeeatCookBake

    July 11, 2018

    What a great idea to use cauli for cream substitute. Have to try this.

  5. Reply

    Erin

    July 16, 2018

    I’ve been trying to figure out a great vegan alfredo. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Reply

    Vivian

    September 13, 2018

    Can I substitute the almond milk for soy milk? I like to use soy milk better in my vegan recipes.

    • Reply

      pasta-based

      September 13, 2018

      Hi Vivian! Yes, you can use soy milk. Just make sure it’s unsweetened plain flavor, not vanilla.

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