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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Creamy and delicious vegan fettuccine alfredo that makes a perfect romantic dinner date entree or a quick and easy lunch for kids!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 511kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked fettuccine noodles
  • 13.5 ounces coconut milk (1 can, full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional--see recipe note)

Instructions

  • Cook fettuccine noodles in salted boiling water, according to package instructions, drain, and set aside.
  • Place coconut milk, rinsed raw cashews, water, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings in a high-speed blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec), and blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce is smooth and creamy. (If you are using this alfredo sauce over gluten-free pasta or vegetables, add a tablespoon of cornstarch to help sauce thicken later.) Not using a high-speed blender? See Recipe Notes below for tips.
  • Pour blended sauce into a large saucepan, and cook on medium heat. When sauce is just starting to bubble, add noodles to saucepan, and cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until sauce is boiling and thickened to your liking.
  • Serve hot!

Notes

  1. If you are using gluten-free pasta noodles, consider adding 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the liquid ingredients (prior to blending in high-speed blender). If you are using regular semolina-based noodles, the starch from the noodles will help thicken your sauce.
  2. If you don't have a high-speed blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, I recommend soaking your cashews in hot water for 2-3 hours prior to blending, in order to avoid a gritty alfredo sauce.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4.4mg