You’ll love this tried and true vegan alfredo sauce recipe that’s packed with garlic and parmesan flavor. This easy to make dairy-free alfredo sauce recipe is perfect for serving with fettuccine noodles, breadsticks, and more!
You can even drizzle this sauce over vegan twice-baked potatoes.
Creamy Alfredo Sauce
I love a good, creamy alfredo sauce. I love serving it with my garlic breadsticks. So delicious! Of course, you can also serve it with pasta. You can also make an awesome vegan alfredo pizza by making this vegan pizza dough, and using this alfredo sauce, and topping it with some vegan mozzarella. I have even been known to serve Alfredo sauce with my vegan baked potatoes.
There is a little bit of controversy over the origins of alfredo sauce, but I’m going with the story that the concept originated from Italy. It is usually made of butter, heavy cream, and parmesan cheese, but you’ll love my vegan secrets on keeping it creamy and delicious. This recipe makes a sauce that’s better than Olive Garden’s and the store-bought variety, for sure!
The trick for me was making Alfredo sauce vegan while keeping it creamy, buttery, garlicky, and delicious. I love this recipe so much and think you will, too.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
To me, there are several things that contribute to making a great recipe, one of which is the ingredients involved. So, let’s talk about the ingredients for this vegan cream sauce for a pasta recipe.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Vegan butter — To keep this sauce good and buttery we’ll be adding vegan butter. I used Earth Balance buttery sticks.
- Onion — Chopped onions are cooked with the butter until tender. I used yellow onions, but white onions could work here too.
- Raw cashews — It’s the cashews that make this sauce so creamy! Some vegan alfredo sauce recipes require soaking the cashews first, but we’ll skip that step here. Instead, we’ll be cooking cashews with the onions and butter to make them nice and tender.
- Garlic — Go ahead and peel the garlic and then chop it. No mincing is required here, so roughly chopped is good. Add it to the butter sauce after the onions and cashews are tender.
- Water + Better than Bouillon — Could you use vegetable broth you buy at the store? Sure, but I find the quality to vary greatly. That’s why I love using Better than Bouillon. It delivers consistent quality every time.
- Vegan cream cheese — We need a little creamy with this recipe and cream cheese does the trick. I have used both Tofutti’s or Daiya vegan cream cheese and both worked great. Or you can even make your own vegan cream cheese too.
- Vegan Parmesan — Parmesan is necessary for alfredo sauce. You can buy vegan parm in health food stores or make your own homemade vegan parmesan.
How to Make Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Now let’s talk about the steps to make vegan creamy pasta sauce. The good news is, there are only a few.
Step One: Cook Onions & Cashews
Add vegan butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s melted, stir in the chopped onions and raw cashews. Cook this all together for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions are tender. Add the roughly chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
Step Two: Add Broth
Next, we’ll stir in the water and bouillon to the saucepan. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer this mixture for 4 to 5 minutes before removing it from heat and setting aside to cool slightly.
Step Three: Blender Time
Once the broth mixture has cooled a bit, pour it into a blender jar. Add vegan cream cheese and vegan parmesan to the blender jar as well. Pulse in several short bursts. Then use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender jar. Then pulse again, increasing the speed until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the alfredo sauce into a glass jar or sealable container and sprinkle with freshly-ground black pepper. The sauce may seem a bit runny at first, but it thickens as it cools.
Serve vegan alfredo sauce over cooked pasta, like fettuccini noodles. We love a good vegan fettuccini alfredo recipe served with steamed broccoli. It’s the best!
You can also add some homemade vegan chicken fillets to make vegan chicken alfredo served with pasta.
You can store leftover alfredo sauce in the fridge. It will keep up to 5 days when stored properly. Alternatively, you can mix the sauce directly with the cooked pasta noodles. Then you can transfer vegan alfredo pasta into a sealable container and keep it in the fridge. The sauce thickens as it chills so add some unsweetened plant-based milk or vegetable broth to reheat it.
Vegan Italian Dishes
If you love vegan Italian recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Of course, I love this alfredo pasta, but here are some of my other favorites:
I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Alfredo Sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon Vegan Broth Base
- 2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon vegan parmesan
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- Serve: fettuccine noodles, steamed broccoli, breadsticks
- Add vegan butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Once it's melted, add chopped onions and cashews. Stir to coat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions are tender. Add chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add water and bouillon to the saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring it to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Once the broth mixture has cooled, transfer it to a blender. Add vegan cream cheese and vegan parmesan. Pulse in several short bursts. Then use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender jar. Then pulse again, increasing the speed until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the alfredo sauce into a glass jar or sealable container. Sprinkle with pepper. The sauce may seem a bit runny at first but it thickens as it cools.
- Serve over cooked pasta, on garlic toast, or even as a sauce for pizza.
- Keep leftover vegan alfredo sauce in the fridge. It will keep up to 5 days when stored properly.
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That’s it for this vegan fettuccine recipe! Enjoy!