30-Minute Cashew Alfredo

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Dinner plate filled with 30-Minute Vegan Alfredo and topped with freshly roasted tomatoes

Consider this the only vegan alfredo sauce you need.

It’s the perfect dairy-free alternative to classic alfredo sauce! Plus, just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes required. Let’s do this!

Wood platter filled with ingredients for making gluten-free vegan alfredo sauce

The base of this alfredo is quick-soaked cashews in very hot water so they soften quickly. Then it’s a matter of flavor: nutritional yeast for cheesiness, garlic for kick and depth of flavor, salt for saltiness, and a bit of almond milk for texture. Arrowroot powder adds thickness and helps the sauce get a bit “stringy” like real cheese!

Whisking vegan alfredo sauce in a cast iron skilletCast iron skillet filled with creamy 30-minute Vegan Alfredo

I hope you all enjoy this aflredo sauce! It’s:

Creamy
Cheesy
Rich
Versatile
Fast & Easy
& Incredibly delicious

This would make the perfect sauce for zucchini noodle pasta or your favorite pasta (I prefer gluten-free fusilli!). Top with Slow Roasted Tomatoes for even more flavor! This sauce could also pair well with baked lasagnas, served with my Eggplant Parmesan, or even used as a white sauce on pizzas.

For more Italian-inspired dishes, check out our Simple Chickpea Bolognese, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, Easy Vegan Pizza, Spicy Red Lentil Pasta, and Vegan Pesto Parmesan Breadsticks!

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment and/or rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Dinner plate with a comforting portion of gluten-free 30-Minute Vegan Alfredo

Recipe updated 10/18/17 to include more almond milk for thinner texture, and noting arrowroot as optional.

30-Minute Cashew Alfredo

Creamy, saucy cashew alfredo in 30 minutes! The perfect plant-based sauce for all your pasta night needs.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Big plate of Vegan Cashew Alfredo made with zucchini noodles
4.83 from 64 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (1/4-cup servings)
Course Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

ALFREDO

  • 1 1/4 cups raw cashews (soaked)
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch (optional)
  • 3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 cloves garlic* (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 1-2 cups unsweetened plain almond or rice milk (plus more as needed)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Soak cashews in very hot water for 20 minutes. Then drain and add to a high-speed blender.
  • To blender, also add arrowroot starch (for thickening), nutritional yeast, garlic, sea salt, vegan parmesan cheese, and lesser amount of  unsweetened dairy-free milk (1 cup (240 ml) as original recipe is written).
  • Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more garlic for kick/zing, nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan cheese for cheesy flavor, salt for saltiness, or dairy-free milk if too thick.
  • Transfer to a rimmed skillet and cook over medium-low to medium heat for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. The sauce should thicken and bubble. Add more dairy-free milk as needed to thin (I typically add up to 1/2 - 1 cup (120-240ml) more // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Then it's ready to serve!
  • Enjoy with zucchini noodles or your favorite pasta. It could even be enjoyed layered in lasagna! Top with additional Vegan Parmesan Cheese and Roasted Tomatoes for more flavor.

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Notes

*2-3 cloves garlic yield ~1 1/2 Tbsp crushed garlic.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional toppings / garnishes or pasta.
*Prep time does not indicate total hands-on prep time, but also includes prep completed while other items are cooking.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 quarter-cup servings Calories: 166 Carbohydrates: 10.8 g Protein: 4.8 g Fat: 12.7 g Saturated Fat: 2.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 176 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 1.4 g

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  1. Stephanie says

    This is incredible. Everything my lactose intolerant, cheese loving self needed during quarantine.

    Mine turned out a little thick, but I used soy milk, which definitely contributed. Next time I’ll add some of the pasta water to it to thin it out.

    Thank you so much for continuously knocking it out of the park with your recipes!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for the lovely review, Stephanie! We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Charlotte says

    HOLY WOW OK THEN COME AGAIN?!

    Ummmmm this is incredible! I dropped the arrow root powder, sub’d in 1 tsp flour. I dropped the vegan parm, added 5 tbsp Nut yeast , added onion powder and black pepper, took one bite and thats when I exclaimed ^^^
    Soooo good and so easy! I barely has to think while making this, all the steps timed out into a perfect 20 min meal!

  3. Danielle says

    This was sooooo impressive. I’m lactose intolerant and crave Alfredo sauce occasionally and this was an amazing substitute. Better than a lot of dairy sauces I’ve had in the past. I was out of arrowroot powder so I subbed in the same amount of corn starch and it turned out great! 10/10

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Danielle! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  4. Sonali Khurana says

    This was a great recipe! It was quick and simple. The consistency was great too. I didn’t have arrowroot starch and I used rice milk. It turned out a bit sweet – is that normal?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sonali, thanks for sharing! We wonder if maybe the rice milk contributed to it being sweeter?

  5. Kitchen Witch says

    Thank you for this recipe! Made this multiple times, so delicious. Didn’t use any arrowroot. Boiled the cashews so I didn’t have to soak them overnight, never plan that far ahead. Cooked the garlic in EVOO and added to the Vitamix. Didn’t make the faux cheese, just added the Nut Yeast. Used Soy Milk instead of Almond Milk, because it is thicker and tasty. If the Vitamix wasn’t so noisy, I’d make this every day.

  6. SUZAN Johnstone says

    Love the flavour of this sauce! I made the mistake of having refrigerated cashews and not letting them soak long enough. The texture was a bit weird. Totally going to make again just adjust the temp and length soaking the cashews. I used goat cheese and left the yeast out.

  7. Haley says

    I was honestly amazed!! So similar to non vegan Alfredo! I cooked up mushrooms, tomatoes, and broccoli before and then added the sauce as it was awesome. So filling and so easy! Very tasty, would recommend

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We think freezing the sauce would work- though we haven’t tried it! Let us know if you give it a try!

  8. Marti says

    I’m having trouble getting the sauce to come out creamy… I let the cashews soak in very hot water for 45 mins, drained and added almond milk then blended in a Ninja for several minutes but the sauce is a gritty texture. I’m also wondering about the strong yeast smell. Should I use less Nutritional yeast?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marti, that typically means the blender is not powerful enough and/or it needs additional liquid. Hope that helps!

  9. April says

    Non-vegan here. After it had initially blended together, it was yummy, but a little bland. The main taste was cashew and that’s a little too sweet for traditional “alfredo”. I added onion powder, broth, and lemon juice (acidity helps brighten and enhance flavors), and it was much more like alfredo. Aside from that, my only issue was that it was very, very thick. I thinned it out twice while on the stove, but while it sat on the table during dinner it thickened into a paste! I would leave the cornstarch out altogether.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can definitely omit the starch and add more dairy-free milk as needed! And for more flavor, I generally add salt, nutritional yeast, and red pepper flake and/or garlic :D

  10. An says

    Yummy! I made a few modifications. I used cornstarch because I did not have arrowroot & used unsweetened oat milk. I also used a food processor. It is a little grainy but that’s okay. This is my first effort at a ‘cheesy’ cashew sauce. Yummy.

  11. Pbk says

    This is so yummy! Using what I had, I left out the parmesan cheese and added 1.5 instead of 1.25 cups of raw cashews by mistake. Threw in a few almonds and used 2 cups of water instead of almond milk. Blended together all ingredients except the nutritional yeast. Nice and creamy. Love it! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  12. Brenner says

    Hello, tried this for the first time and love it! Not being a cook by any means…how long will the sauce keep in the fridge after cooking?

    Cheers and thank you!

  13. Sarah Lafferty says

    I LOVED THIS!! I followed the recipe almost to the letter using a mix of fresh fettuccine and zoodles, but since I’m not vegan and I didn’t have any vegan Parmesan, I just used a little normal Parmesan. I also added some wild mushrooms, which really worked. I ended up needing to add quite a bit more almond milk than suggested to get the desired consistency. I thought it tasted a lot better than classic Alfredo sauce, which is okay for the first few bites but then starts to taste too stodgy and heavy. I’m definitely going to make this one of my mid-week go-to recipes. I served to my best friend and husband who loved it, both couldn’t believe it was (nearly vegan) and had no cream or butter.

  14. Natasha says

    I’m taking a short break from gobbling this down to write how amazing it is!!! WOW. As with others I subbed corn starch and added smoked paprika and vegan mozzarella as a topping. I also added portobello mushrooms, zucchini and vegan chikken. 10/10 will absolutely be making this again!!

  15. Rebeca says

    Delicious. After having this with spaghetti my hubby said that it was awesome. Very easy to do. I think next time I will leave out the arrowroot because it thickened too quickly. I Also added black pepper. I think it’s a must. Thanks for this Amazing recipe Dana.

  16. Shelby says

    Dana you’ve outdone yourself. This pasta outshines every non-vegan pasta I’ve ever had. I added shallots and mushrooms sauteed in garlic! Love your work

  17. Darren Wilcox says

    Absolutely wonderful, I left out the arrowroot and added a teaspoon of smoked paprika…. This is now my go-to sauce

    • Ursula says

      My first Attempt at vegan “cheese” sauce And I absolutely loved it! Based on some other comments I added a 4th garlic clove, a little onion powder, and the juice of approx 1 lemon. I didn’t have vegan Parmesan so subbed another 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. I also added quite a bit of fresh ground pepper. Sauce was very thick, but tasted absolutely delicious. Next time I’ll add some mushrooms, peas, and or asparagus.

  18. Vivian says

    This is seriously too good. I expected it to be not so great because when I used to make “real” alfredo it was labor intense and used a ton of ingredients. Glad to say this was not the case! I loved it, and it wasn’t too yeasty :) Only change I made was no arrowroot starch.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Vivian. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  19. Rachel says

    Very tasty and an easy bit satisfying week night meal. Next time I’ll do a little more garlic and some crushed red pepper for heat. Served with tri color fusilli from Trader Joe’s and a plant based Italian “sausage.”

  20. Jacki Dore’ says

    I just made this sauce, my Parmesan choice is Uprise foods Nooch It! Cashew grated cheeze , I used large flake nutritional yeast, soaked my cashews for 30 minutes, then blended everything together… it was the most amazing taste my tastebuds have tasted in a long time!!! I am going to use this Alfredo sauce in my creamed leeks recipe that I make every year but needed it to be vegan for my Friendsgiving this weekend. I already know it is going to be a hit!

  21. Gia says

    Hello,
    Is there any possible way to substitute another nut for cashews? I’m experiencing stomach issues and am not able to eat cashews. Thank you!

  22. Brooke Reiter says

    Am I able to make this sauce ahead of time and then store? If so whats your recommended storage timeline?
    Thanks!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes! Up to 3-4 days in advance. Store in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop, adding more dairy-free milk or water as needed to thin.

  23. Courtney Farmer says

    This was outstanding!! Made this last night and my husband and I truly couldn’t believe how good it was! Ordering Arrowroot to try it with that, and subbed corn starch as suggested. Looking forward to trying it exactly as written next time, and really thankful for the post!

  24. Redd says

    Tastes better than regular Alfredo to me! Takes 10 minutes in the Vitamix blender and no need to soak the cashews or transfer to the stove! Just add all ingredients at one time and put on the soup preset.

  25. Mina says

    I made this and it was delicious. I used this sauce with vegan mushroom ravioli and substituted the almond milk with vegetable broth. It was creamy and so good!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yum- that sounds amazing! And thanks so much for the lovely review, Mina. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  26. Kaarie says

    Another winner! I used pre-minced garlic, macadamia milk, heavy on the nutritional yeast and served over edame/mung bean pasta w/peas mixed into the sauce. I find I use more milk-about 3 cups and then I adjust seasonings. I don’t add salt or pepper but have them ready for those that want them included in their meal. Great over Seitan or mung-bean (eggs) too. Left-over never goes to waste!

  27. Cindy says

    This sauce was so good! I didn’t have/feel like making any vegan parm so I made do with what I had and it still turned out great.

  28. Verity says

    Made it exactly as directed and it is absolutely delicious. Tried a few Alfredo recipes since going vegan and this one is by far the best. There’s no way you’d guess there’s no cheese, milk or heavy cream in this. 5⭐️

  29. Cindy says

    I just finished making this – oh my heavens. So good. Somehow I forgot to put the cashews in the blender and reduced the sauce without them. No worries! I just put them in the blender, pulsed with some almond milk and then whisked into the thickened sauce. Still worked divinely. First time making the vegan parmesan as well. Both so easy and quick. And taste perfection.

    This is exactly the reason when I search for a vegan version of a food – if your site is in the results – boom. Decision made, recipe made shortly thereafter.

  30. Mia says

    This recipe is spectacular and so very easy! I’ve made it for my family four or five times and each time it has been a hit. I usually double the recipe and it is just as wonderful the next day. We use Tinkyada brown rice pasta and it truly is divine. The vegan parm really makes it next level. Thanks for another wonderful vegan recipe!

  31. Adrianna Ochoa says

    Hi!
    Just a quick question, couldn’t find arrowroot starch, but I have potato starch. Could I use that instead?
    Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Adrianna, we haven’t tried it and can’t say for certain, but we think it would work!

  32. Cindy Wilbur says

    I have made this in the past, and it was amazing. Planning on making it again for Easter brunch, but I was wondering if I can make the sauce the night before. What do you think?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      That should work! It may thicken as you reheat it on the stovetop, so just thin with more almond milk or water. Hope that helps!

    • Darlene says

      Have you used full fat canned coconut milk instead of almond milk? It’s what I have on hand, and am hoping it will work. :)

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Darlene, we think coconut milk might give it too much of a coconut flavor, but if you give it a try, let us know how it goes! Carton coconut milk might work better than canned as it is more diluted.

  33. Julia Shultz says

    I love this recipe! I made it to substitute a cream sauce in my Creamy Lentils with Mushroom and Kale dish that I made by Sexie Veggie. It turned out really flavorful and paired well with my dish. I did use some organic parmesan cheese that I had but not a lot and I substituted broth for the non dairy milk product. Yummy!

  34. Scott says

    Who needs dairy anyway? There doesn’t have to be any sacrifice in eating plant-based. Cashews are one of the “secrets” to great vegan cooking. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  35. Dr J says

    Three words: A-ma-zing! Quick and simple, creamy, totally hit the spot on a night when we were willing to spend a few extra calories on an indulgent meal. I’m throwing out all our other vegan Alfredo recipes.

  36. Divya says

    This was so easy and delicious! I added about a 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves to the blender which gave the sauce a lovely mild pesto flavour and then I simmered a splash of white wine in the pan before adding the sauce. I used fusilli which I thought ‘gripped’ the sauce really well. Lastly, I stirred in some cooked spinach and mushrooms at the end. This was a keeper! My favourite vegan alfredo recipe!

  37. Monique Nadeau says

    Absolutely delicious!! You never disappoint me though! Everything I’ve tried by you is delicious!!

    • Kat says

      I used oat milk! It’s the only milk I’ve used to make this recipe as it is my preferred plant-milk. It turned out reeeaaaallllllyyyyy good!

  38. Martha says

    Made this tonight for dinner and it turned out better than I could have expected! My husband loved it too. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Whitney says

    This recipe looks delicious! What if I where to use cornstarch instead of arrow root would it still come out the same?
    Thanks,

    Whit

  40. Joshua Diaz says

    I made this tonight and used tapioca flour in place of arrowroot and it came out great! I cooked lenguini pasta and added the sauce with morningstar chicken strips for a full vegan chick’un Alfredo! It was Awesome!!! We paired it with baked asparagus, perfect for Valentine’s Day and our VERY picky eater son loved it too! ?

  41. Shelby says

    Hi – I made this recipe this evening, but since it’s November I made a few adjustments to turn it into a fall dish. First, I used spiralized butternut squash that I found at Whole Foods and a half cup of peas. Second, I added a 1/2 tsp of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice to the cream mixture in the blender. Finally, I sprinkled roasted and unsalted shelled pumpkin seeds on top prior to serving. It was so delicious I’m already thinking about my leftovers.

  42. Gina says

    This was delicious and super simple, as are ALL of Minimalist Baker recipes! I did end up using a little more salt and nutritional yeast, and also added peas. Thanks so much for this – it was my first attempt at alfredo since going vegan 2 years ago and I LOVED IT!

  43. Jacki C. says

    Just made this tonight and I loved it! Not sure that I would have needed to heat it in the sautee pan as that really thickened it more than I needed and it can be warmed a little in the vitamix. I used it to top a red lentil pasta and added Trader Joe’s roasted tomatoes. AWESOME. Will definitely make again!

    • Kat says

      I agree—heating it in the saucepan after made it too thick. Would’ve been fine just letting it blend in the Vitamix for a bit longer than it takes to make it smooth!

  44. Carolina says

    Delicious – I made it without arrowroot and worked great. I added some chopped up sundried tomatoes I had in my fridge for a little extra something. I spiralized 4 zucchinis and a box of Jovial pasta and had a good amount of sauce covering them. I could’ve probably done five zucchinis but I like my pasta sauce-y!

  45. Kelly says

    I love this recipe! I have made it a handful of times and it never disappoints! However, most recently I mixed in 2 cups of my marinara sauce to make a creamy marinara. It was AWESOME! Thank you for sharing such amazing recipes!

  46. Stephanie Campbell says

    I made this to go with chickpea shell pasta (the banza brand) and it came out great! I didn’t really measure out the almond milk, just went by eye as I cooked and it was the perfect consistentency! I subbed cornstarch because I had it on hand and also used roasted cashews because raw were too expensive. I rinsed all the salt off and then soaked them for most of the day until I was ready to make the sauce and the flavor remained neutral with a touch of toastiness. The only change I would make next time is less garlic, i went with 3 cloves and it was a bit intense.

  47. Jen says

    Would it be possible to make this with purchased, pre-made cashew milk, instead of the almond milk + cashews? I do not have a blender that would process it but a milk-allergic child who so misses pasta and alfredo especially. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen! That unfortunately will not work the same, as the whole cashews create the thick and creamy texture in this Alfredo that you wouldn’t get from store-bought cashew milk.

  48. Shelby says

    Could I use brown rice flour instead of arrowroot? Also, I don’t have access to a vegan Parmesan, what do I use instead?? Just more nutritional yeast?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      More nutritional yeast will do, yes! We haven’t tried using brown rice flour in place of arrowroot, but if you experiment with it, report back!

  49. pat says

    I just made this sauce tonight. I followed the recipe to the T. This sauce is great as a base for any pasta or vegetable dish. The possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I am going to freeze some of it and will let you know how it turns out.

  50. Miranda R says

    I make this regularly and love it. I typically quick soak my cashews (hot water for 20-60 mins) and sub tapioca starch for arrowroot because it’s what I have on hand. Best results are with cartoned coconut milk (Trader Joe’s coconut beverage, no sugar added), worst results with unsweetened vanilla almond milk (the vanilla gives it a very odd, unpleasant flavor). I mix this zoodles or Trader Joe’s lentil pasta, or pour on top of sweet potatoes, basically anything that would taste great with creamy cheeziness.

  51. Elizabeth says

    Loved this recipe. So easy and yummy! Had to soak the cashews longer because I don’t have a super awesome blender, but this was a great. I also used corn starch instead of arrowroot, but it worked out just fine. A flavorful and creamy substitute for traditional Alfredo sauce. :)

  52. Dawn Robey says

    This is easy and so satisfying. We served with zoodles a little lightly steamed broccoli and roasted tomatoes. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  53. LC says

    Hi, I found your site through Samantha Ravandahl on YouTube, I’ve been wanting to make this for so long but I have a question, could you use carton of cashew milk / cream ? If so would I need to change the recipe in any way? Thank you.

  54. JoAnna says

    I just made this and threw a few handfuls of basil from my garden into the blender along with the rest of the ingredients. It’s a pretty shade of green and tastes so good!

  55. sylvia says

    Hello! I made it with unsweetened almond milk but the sauce turned out too sweet for my liking :( Added some apple cider vinegar to balance the sweetness but that drowned the cheesy taste from the nutritional yeast. Any idea how I can reduce the sweetness of the recipe? I checked no other ingredients I used have added sugar.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm we are not sure what would be causing it to be sweet, Sylvia! I’d recommend lemon juice or a small amount of vinegar perhaps?

  56. Tess says

    Made this for dinner tonight for my non vegan family. It was a hit! My mom loved the vegan Parmesan and was surprised it was in fact vegan

  57. Tracy says

    Hi! I am a gastric bypass patient but I’m also in household of 11 and our food budget can be tricky. Can I use a dairy milk, skim specifically? And garlic salt instead of cloves? I have these on hand.

  58. Kyla says

    AMAZING!! My daughter has fairly recently diagnosed food allergies, and this was a lifesaver. Back when she could have dairy and gluten, fettuccine alfredo was her favorite dish. She had to ask me several times during dinner if this was actually dairy free!! :) I skipped the arrowroot, added some black pepper, and used your recipe for vegan parmesan cheese, and served topped with fresh basil with GF Barilla spaghetti for her, and zucchini/squash spiralized pasta for me, it was delicious both ways, but especially luscious with the veggies!!

  59. Hanusia says

    This is just perfect for a simple, quick and easy alfredo sauce! I made some tonight and my residents (I’m an RA) loved it- even the non vegan ones ;) I don’t have a high speed blender, just a regular one, so I was worried about the cashews not blending up enough. BUT I softened them in my pressure cooker with some water for a couple minutes instead of the standard soaking method, and it worked like a charm! They got very soft and blended up nice and smooth, and it took much less time, too.

  60. Paige Puckett says

    I have recently learned of a dairy allergy, and in the attempt to make one of my favorites, I tried this one. Absolutely delicious! I did not use the cornstarch or any thickener and it came out creamy and perfectly coated my linguini. Thanks so much!

  61. Brooke Mazzeo-Hill says

    With my work schedule and a 3 yr old I never really had time to make anything for dinner. I have tried 5 different recipes from your site, and I must say they are incredible! Not only are they easy, but they are delicious! Tonight I made the Cashew Alfredo, and I couldn’t believe how amazing it turned out! I did substitute corn starch for the arrowroot starch, and it was perfect. THANK YOU for posting these recipes that are actually EASY to make! I would love any suggestions on what to make for my super picky/fussy 3 year old!!!

  62. Laura says

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve wanted to attempt this kind of dish but was afraid to do so. We loved it. Your recipes are always fabulous. Thank you so much!

  63. Alix says

    I made this tonight! My first time attempting anything nut based and I consider it a success! So yummy! This recipe calls for WAY too much for me though and I have a lot of leftover- how is best to keep it and how long can it keep for? I put it in a glass jar in the fridge for now. I really don’t want to waste it! (Cashews=$$$)(haha)
    Could it be frozen? What’s the best way to reheat it if frozen?
    Thank you !!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alix! Store leftovers in the fridge, and it will keep for a couple of days. I wouldn’t recommend freezing (but you could probably freeze the sauce by itself!)

  64. Emily Schieve says

    Hi! Would a food processor work if I don’t have a high speed blender? Oh but I have a nutribullet! Which one would work best?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm I think you may have success with the nutribullet if you don’t have a highspeed blender!

  65. Maddison says

    Loooved this!! I was very hesitant to try recipes that used ingredients like this, because it just seemed like such a process…. and like it would take foooorever.

    That was until I HAD to go dairy free. Then of course you want what you can’t have and I craved pasta Alfredo. So I had tried the Mac and cheese recipe which was delish! I made this tonight and it was soooo quick and easy! It can seem intimidating if these aren’t regular ingredients in the pantry but they are now in this house!! I had made zoodles to start and I don’t think I’ve mastered cooking them. They just didn’t keep the flavor of the sauce well and the zoodles watered it down even after I drained water out of the pan, so I made some gf pasta and mixed the rest of the zoodles in with it and that was ?? Yum!

  66. L says

    I loved it!!
    I didn’t have nutritional yeast and arrowroot starch so I used Vegemite (concentrated yeast extract) and tapioca starch instead and it turned out delicious still! The sauce was sooo creamy. I topped mine with slices of pan-roasted mushrooms. Will definitely make this again!!

    • Kat says

      I’m pretty sure nutritional yeast and brewers yeast are not in any way related…I can’t advise for sure but I read that somewhere. Maybe there’s hope you’re not allergic to nutritional yeast?!

  67. Christine says

    Oh Dana, This look so creamy and delicious!!! I am going back on an oil free, plant based diet due to inspiration from Dr. Michel Gregor and the recent I Thrive series. Thank you so much for your beautiful, wonderful, delicious recipes!!!

  68. Maria says

    My friend and I tried to make this recipe last night, and we woefully underestimated the power and necessity of a high-speed blender (the sauce tasted great, but the texture was AWFUL). Is the Blendtec in your link the blender that you use?

  69. Martina says

    It was excellent and very filling :-) i have also roasted the garlic and three shallots before adding them to the blender and it was delicious.. together with bean noodles the sauce makes a perfect combo, love this. Many Thanks Dana, you’re my Nr 1 Vegan inspiration ?

  70. Tonya says

    This was fantastic! I omitted the Vegan parm and used 1tbsp of tapioca starch and just 1 cup of almond milk. I mixed it with a jar of store bought arribiatta sauce after thickening the mixture on the stove top. This mix made the perfect thick rosé sauce. Thank you for sharing.

  71. Ashley says

    This was so good! I followed the recipe and it was delicious! I used the leftover sauce to make a spinach lasagna the next night and it was the creamiest lasagna everrrr! It felt like I was splurging but wasn’t. Great recipe Dana :)

  72. Vicki says

    I have tried multiple cheesy Alfredo recipes and this is the best! I have tossed all the others as this is my Go To for Pizza, Pasta and anything else it will work with! Love it and thank you!!! ❤️

  73. Lindsay says

    OMG this recipe is so delicious! I’m not vegan, but I even think it tastes better than original sauce! Plus this recipe is healthier too! THANKS SO MUCH!!

  74. Bri says

    Hi Diana, Thank you for all your wonderful recipes that inspire me each and every time I browse through your website ❤
    I am wondering about nutrational yeast which you make use of in a few recipes (like this one). I’m struggling to find it in a store near me.
    What is the purpose of nutritional yeast in your recipes and can I use a substitute?
    I look forward to your reply?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bri! Nutritional yeast has a great savory, cheesy taste used as a substitute for cheese in many recipes! You can try Marmite or Vegemite, but many people do not love it as much as Nutritional Yeast, but it’s worth a try!

  75. Shelby Visutski says

    Made this for dinner tonight. I skipped the arrowroot powder (the cashew sauce thickened up as I heated it with the pasta, so I didn’t bother with it) and vegan parm (couldn’t find any at the store). I added lemon juice to the sauce. I used Tagliatelle pasta and fried up some mushrooms, peppers and onion and mixed it all together. I found this recipe makes A LOT of sauce, so next time I will prop cut it in half, or save the other half for another dinner later in the week. Nothing too mind blowing about this recipe, but the one thing to take away from it — if you haven’t made a cashew sauce before — is that boiling the cashews before blending really helps make a creamier sauce, especially if you just have a basic blender.

  76. Rachael says

    This recipe is a GAME CHANGER. I used corn starch, but not sure it was needed. I used a vegetable stock and almond milk combo (though I added more almond milk to thin.) The veg stock takes away from the creamy white color a bit, but provides a little extra flavor. I’m going to use the leftovers to make a bechamel butternut squash lasagna and if I have any additional left, thin it a bit more and add pumpkin puree and serve over pasta, garnished with sage.

  77. Annie C. says

    This recipe looks very good, I’ve been looking for a vegan alfredo sauce recipe and can’t wait to try this one!

  78. Kelsey Atkinson says

    I made this and and drizzled it on the yam ravioli from the cookbook.. It was literally heaven!!! I highly recommend making a batch a ravioli and keeping them on hand in the freezer with a quick alfredo sauce to really make the dish sing!

  79. Dena says

    I love this recipe. It was a little thick so I added more almond milk. Also, I sauted onions, mushrooms and diced zucchini in avacado oil. I added the cashew mixture to that and cooked it for several minutes then added the pasta. This recipe is definately a keeper.

  80. Gabby says

    This looks dreamy! Do you think if I put real parmesan in it it would still turn out okay? I am not vegan, but I love the nutty-ness of cashew sauces!

  81. Danielle says

    Made this Alfredo this week! Was an absolute treat! Used half spinach fettuccine and half zucchini noodles. I also added sautéed mushrooms and asses nutritional yeast and my favourite store bought cashew parmesan to the sauce. It doesn’t need it bjy that’s just my taste. Minimalist baker is a genius! I had everyone at work wanting to eat my left overs! Sorry no sharing this one! Yum

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I do not have celiac, I just try and avoid gluten for health / gut purposes. Plus, plenty of our friends eat GF and cooking for them often requires GF recipes.

  82. Gabrielle says

    How are you supposed to prepare zucchini noodles? Do they stay raw, or are you supposed to cook them prior to adding the sauce? If you do cook them, how????

  83. Eliana says

    This looks amazing! Any thoughts on if I could sub hemp seeds for the cashews? Thanks as always for beautiful food!

  84. Maja Harder says

    OMG yum! This sounds super delicious despite of its simple structure and minimal cooking time. It is definitely too long since I have used cashews, I totally forgot how much I love them.

  85. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    Soooooo I would proooooobably eat the whole recipe. I wouldn’t regret a thing. ;) Alfredo used to be one of my favorite pasta dishes! This looks like such a gem!

  86. there_r_no_rules says

    Easy to prepare and tastes good. I’ll use a more thickened version as a dip. I’ve had success with all of your recipes with the exception of the coconut yoghurt. I persist with different brands but so far have ongoing fails. Maybe it’s just what’s available or not in Australia. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely – thanks! So sorry about the coconut yogurt. It does seem the right brand of coconut milk is essential. However, you could also try blending fresh coconut meat, adding probiotics, and doing the same process! Hope that helps.

  87. Mary Wolford says

    I made this tonight and it was fantastic! I didn’t have arrowroot powder, so I used corn starch. Worked great, but I would like to try it with the arrowroot powder. My husband loved this recipe too, and he is a meat and cheese lover. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  88. Amelinda says

    I loved this and my non-vegan friends enjoyed it as well. I ended up adding a drizzle of olive oil at the end because I felt like I overcooked it a little right at the end. It added a nice touch. Thank you so much for this recipe, I did use the suggested toppings of vegan parm and roasted cherry tomatoes. SO good.

  89. Cheryl says

    Very new to plant based eating, which can be overwhelming!! Made this for dinner and it was a huge hit!!! So much to learn but super grateful for sites like yours that are full of great recipes that have been delicious and taken away some of the fear of embarking on this new food journey!!!

  90. stephanie says

    Tasty sauce, I doubled and only added 2 cloves garlic, next time I’ll use just one as it hid the cheese taste. Also mine was grainy so you need to pulse thoroughly. Very easy to make and a satisfying sauce.

  91. Anne says

    I made this for dinner tonight, it’s delicious! I substituted cornstarch for arrowroot. I added a lot more non dairy milk (maybe double or triple the amount) and it still was very thick. Did I misread the instructions, it’s only 1/2 cup milk? At any rate, it was delicious and will make again!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anne! It is 1/2 cup, but I’ve added a note in the instructions that I add more as needed to blend / thicken. That’s just a good starting point.

  92. Dawn says

    I get so excited when I see you do a comfort food makeover to make it as healthy as possible. This looks delicious!

  93. Kate says

    Would tapioca starch in place of arrowroot mess it up? I have not been able to find arrowroot, but have tapioca readily available.

  94. Betsy latorre says

    i made this today and it turned out very gluey – even with adding more almond milk…. I don’t think you need to add arrowroot starch to the mix. I must have added an additional 1.5 cups to keep it smooth and creamy – which it never turned out to be. I did add roasted tomatoes to the mix which added a nice touch. I will make it again but will leave out the arrowroot starch.

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! You could even scale back the amount of arrowroot to 1 tsp or so. I just find it gives that gooey texture cheese does. But you’re right! It’s plenty thick without it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Goreti Tada says

      I made this tonight and it also came out gluely.I also added about 1 cup additional almond milk and the sauce still turned out super thick. Both my husband and I, we’re not happy with the sauce. I hate to say it but we dumped it.

      • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

        shoot! I’d say next time plan to add more almond milk to share. And when it comes to the texture, omit the arrowroot starch to ensure it won’t thicken even more.

      • Maddison says

        So I’ve learned that if you stop whisking when you put it in the pan, and just let it sit, mine started to get gooey globs in it. Not sure if it’s from the arrow root or the cashews. So I turned the temperature down and added a little almond milk at a time to thin it out a bit. I’m not sure if this is the same issue. Also you could try tapioca or corn starch instead! Sometimes I feel like arrowroot can be a little tricky.

  95. Kathleen says

    Very yummy and quick! Next time I’ll use only 3 T of nutritional yeast instead of 4 T as a little “yeasty” tasting for me. Well liked by non-GF and non-lactose intolerant family members. I did use more almond milk to thin – both in the food processor and on the stove. Will make again!

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I haven’t tried it myself, but no, I don’t think so. They don’t get as creamy and smooth for me.

  96. Ashley Landwehr says

    This was a sucsess! I did use cornstarch because I was out if arrowroot but it didn’t seem to do any harm. It came out super creamy and thick and was delicious! Thank you for all your recipes ?

  97. Maggie says

    This is very similar to the It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken mozzarella sauce recipe, that I’ve adapted for creamy cheesy sauce! I find I don’t need to use as many cashews and add more cashew milk. So delicious!

  98. Iris says

    Looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m such a huge fan of the Vegan Alfredo on the website I make it ALL THE TIME! Question, is there a difference between this one and the other recipe? Apart from the cashews obviously, :)

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      This one is just a little more nutritious in my opinion, as it includes less oil and more protein / healthy fats. Otherwise, it’s really a matter of preference!

  99. Lauren says

    Hey! I am impressed by the rapidity of you creating and writing new recipes! *-*
    I was just wondering , i often want to do the baked chickpeas , they get soft and strange often 5 mins after i remove them from the oven . Do you have an idea why?
    Thank uou so much !

    • Dana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Lauren! I’d say my top tips for this have been peeling the skins off the chickpeas, roasting on a high temp without parchment paper (directly on the pan), and roasting until very golden brown. Then let cool to the touch. Hope that helps!

  100. Vanessa says

    HI Dana
    Is there a sub for nutritional yeast? I found out the hard way that I am allergic to yeast in general but super allergic to nutritional yeast.
    Thanks
    Vanessa