Cashew Alfredo

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This 4-ingredient Cashew Alfredo tastes just as good as traditional Alfredo, if not better. It’s been a favorite on my page for years! For Alfredo lovers, this recipe offers everything you want in a healthier version, and more. I’ve served it without telling my family what it is, and they could barely taste the difference. It’s ✋ hands down the most delicious version of a healthier Alfredo you’ll ever stumble upon. Enjoy!

Why You’ll Love Cashew Alfredo

You’ll love this simple Cashew Alfredo because it has all the rich, creamy goodness of traditional Alfredo sauce while being healthier and easier to make. Its simple ingredients and quick preparation make it perfect for busy weeknights. The subtle nutty flavor of cashews blends beautifully with 🍜 pasta, creating a dish that’s so delicious, that your family won’t even realize it’s a healthier alternative. Whether you’re a long-time alfredo lover or just looking for a new favorite recipe, this Cashew Alfredo will become a staple in your kitchen.

How to Prepare Cashew Alfredo

💦 Soak cashews in boiling water for 30 minutes, then drain.

🧄 Add the soaked cashews and other ingredients to a blender and then blend until smooth.

🔥 Boil your pasta according to the package instructions.

🥣 Mix the blended sauce with the cooked pasta, adding a little starchy pasta water to thin the sauce if needed.

Nonna’s Tip 🍜

I have made this version many different ways and sometimes love adding roasted bell peppers or sun-dried tomatoes to make it even more delicious or to switch things up.

Cashew Alfredo

Variations and Substitutions for Cashew Alfredo

Remember, if you are changing or adding ingredients, you may have to experiment and adjust the quantities.

  1. Add sautéed mushrooms or fresh spinach leaves to your pasta before serving.
  2. Add a tablespoon of nutritional yeast to the sauce.
  3. Blend in fresh or dried herbs 🌿 such as basil, parsley, or thyme for added flavor.
  4. Use gluten-free pasta or zucchini noodles for a gluten-free or low-carb option.
  5. If you forget to save pasta water, use vegetable broth or plain water to thin the sauce.
  6. Add some roasted tofu, grilled 🐔 chicken, or sauteed shrimp for some extra protein.

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Best Served With

  • A fresh and crusty loaf of bread 🍞 such as my No Knead Peasant Bread
  • A crisp white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • Some roasted veggies such as 🥦 broccoli, asparagus, or bell peppers

Common Questions

Can I make this sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the Cashew Alfredo ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and then when ready to use, reheat it gently on the stove, adding a little water or vegetable broth to reach the desired consistency.

Can I freeze the cashew Alfredo sauce?

Yes, the cashew Alfredo sauce freezes well. Transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove, adding water or broth if needed.

What if I don’t have a high-speed blender?

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you can try using a food processor. Soaking the cashews longer (overnight) will also help achieve a smoother consistency.

Can I add vegetables to the sauce?

Yes, you can certainly blend cooked vegetables like cauliflower, roasted red peppers, or spinach into the sauce for added nutrition and flavor.

How do I thin the sauce if it’s too thick?

f the sauce is too thick, thin it out by adding a little starchy pasta water, vegetable broth, or plain water until you reach the desired consistency.

Cashew Alfredo

Cashew Alfredo

This 4-ingredient Cashew Alfredo tastes just as good as traditional Alfredo, if not better. For Alfredo lovers, this recipe offers everything you want in a healthier version, and more.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 30 min in hot water
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt, to taste
  • ¾ cup additional hot water
  • any pasta you like

Instructions 

  • Soak your cashews for 30 minutes in boiling water. Drain out the water and add all of your ingredients to a blender. Blend until a nice consistency.
  • Separately boil your pasta of choice as per the package directions and add your sauce with a little bit of the starchy pasta water to thin it out.
  • Feel free to use this as a cashier dip as it’s just as delicious. Enjoy

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 432mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 0.1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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