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Easy Vegan Alfredo Sauce with Cashew

5-ingredient vegan alfredo sauce with cashew nuts. Creamy, easy and filling. All you need is 15 minutes and some pasta to eat it with. 
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Italian, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword cashew alfredo sauce, vegan alfredo sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 269kcal



  • Soak cashew nuts in piping hot water for 5 minutes. You can do overnight soaking, but if you are in a hurry, you can boil water in a kettle and soak the cashew nuts for only 5 minutes.
  • Your 5 minutes is up. Time to fill your blender. Add soaked cashew, dairy-free milk, garlic, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, salt, and pepper and blend them until smooth.
  • You can serve the sauce right away. If you pour it on pasta and veggies and warm them together in a frying pan, the alfredo sauce will thicken!!!



Use Vitamix for a crazy smooth alfredo sauce

You can certainly use a hand blender (aka immersion blender) or a regular blender. They all make a creamy vegan cashew alfredo sauce. However, if you need this sauce to be extra smooth without a single little piece to find, we recommend using a high powered blender like Vitamix.  (We took new photos for this recipe after buying a Vitamix as the sauce turned out to be crazy smooth.)

Raw cashews or roasted cashews?

We usually use roasted cashews especially if we cannot find raw cashews in the cheap. The sauce is PERFECT with roasted cashews. Even if you can only find salted ones, don't worry, it will be washed off while soaking.

Which dairy-free milk to choose?

We recommend using cashew, almond, oat or soy milk. Any other milk may alter the taste too much e.g. coconut milk.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1290mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg