Jul 20, 2022 (Last updated Apr 19, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani
Hi friends! I am back with a new recipe for you, my cauliflower Vegan Alfredo Sauce!! This recipe uses cauliflower and cashews to make an ultra creamy, rich and velvety-smooth Alfredo sauce that’s completely vegan, gluten-free, and SO delish! The recipe is low-calorie, low carb, and low-fat in comparison to traditional Alfredo sauce – using cauliflower in replace of heavy cream.
Now that I’m a new mom (to my 10 month old son) I’m all about quick, nutritious recipes to feed our family. This recipe is a great way to sneak in vegetables for kids and picky eaters.
But most importantly, this recipe is FULL of flavour for a delightful dish. I often find that cauliflower Alfredo recipes are bland and lacking in taste. This recipe packs a punch with umami ingredients like nutritional yeast and miso for a rich and vibrant sauce that your whole family will adore.
This recipe is:
Now I’m tackling cauliflower Alfredo sauce! One of the best ways to use cauliflower, in my opinion, is in replace of cream. Cauliflower already has such a naturally creamy flavour and it’s also mild; which means it can adopt whatever flavours we add to it.
In this case, we’re bringing in the cheesy and umami flavours with ingredients like cashews, nutritional yeast, and miso for a flavour-rich cream sauce that you’re going to love.
To be honest, I find most cauliflower Alfredo sauce recipes on the web to be boring, and lacking in flavour. This cauliflower Alfredo sauce recipe, however, is full of flavour! It packs a punch with umami ingredients for a rich, cheesy and creamy sauce. It’s a wholesome and delicious cream sauce that you can feel good about indulging in.
This recipe is low-fat in comparison to traditional Alfredo sauce, using cauliflower and cashews in replace of heavy cream.
Cashews still contain fat, but they’re a wonderful source of healthy fats including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, as well as being a good protein source and being vitamin rich. More about the nutrition facts for cashews here.
In addition, we’ve used olive oil (another healthy fat) to sautee onion and garlic, which in turn enhances the flavour profile making this sauce far from bland!
Once again, olive oil is jam-packed with antioxidants and healthy fats. Here’s more about extra virgin olive oil and why it’s healthy.
To make this recipe, we will start by roasting the cauliflower in olive oil.
I find that roasting the cauliflower (instead of steaming or boiling) elevates the flavour profile of this recipe.
We’re also cooking up a little bit of onion and garlic in a small skillet for some added flavour.
When ready, we’ll add the ingredients: roasted cauliflower, garlic and onion, to the blender along with the remaining ingredients: Cashews, water, nutritional yeast, paprika, miso and sea salt.
Blend together until creamy, and velvety smooth.
You won’t believe just how rich and gourmet this cauliflower Alfredo sauce is!! It’s so much like the real-deal.
Pour this sauce on to your favourite pasta noodles and voila, you’ve got yourself a simple and wholesome dinner.
This Alfredo sauce will keep for up to one week. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
The entire dish (Alfredo sauce tossed in noodles), can also be stored in the fridge for one week. But my preference is to make the sauce in advance and then cook the noodles when you’re ready to eat.
That’s because leftover pasta becomes soft and breakable – so if you like your pasta al dente (as I do) then it’s best to cook the pasta noodles when you’re ready enjoy the Alfredo sauce.
Absolutely! In fact, I’ve got a batch in the freezer right now. 🙂 This Alfredo sauce will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Store in an air-tight container.
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So there we have it! A delicious recipe for vegan cauliflower Alfredo sauce that’s full of flavour, velvety-smooth and a much healthier alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce using cauliflower and cashews instead of heavy cream.
I really think you’re going to love this recipe as much as we do. If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.