I made this Creamy Dreamy Alfredo Sauce for the first time this weekend. I cooked up a half a bag of whole-wheat pasta, poured this sauce over it and ate it. All of it. I think it was about three to four servings of pasta, so that's something like 600-800 calories of pasta alone, not including the sauce (I didn't use all the sauce). I couldn't help myself.
This weekend was one of those not-so-good weekends I talked about in yesterday's post about my food addiction and this sauce did not help me to gain control of the situation. It was just too good. I made it again last night and I'm very happy to report that I was able to eat just one serving and the others are sitting safely in the fridge.
This sauce is very easy to make and so tasty. I've tried to made vegan Alfredo sauce before and just wasn't impressed with the results. I am here to report that this time it was a success and I'm happy to be able to share this recipe with you!
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 cups water
- 1 veggie bouillon cube
- 3 tbsp nondairy milk
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add the cashews, water, and bouillon cube to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium and let it simmer for about 10 more minutes. Now is a good time to be cooking your pasta as well.
- Drain the cashews and save the boiling broth. Add the cashews and 3/4 cup of the cooking broth to your blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until very smooth.
- Pour over your favorite shape of whole-wheat pasta and try not to eat it all by yourself!
Note: This sauce is great leftover but it reheats bests if it wasn't stored in the fridge in the same container as the pasta. If you don't eat all the sauce at once then store it in a separate container from the pasta and add it to the pasta once you're ready to reheat it.
Image: Courtesy of My Healthy Chef
After looking at the nutrition facts for jarred Alfredo sauce it seems that 1/4 cup is a typical serving size, which is 60 grams of sauce. I don't know about you but I like a lot of sauce on my pasta. This recipe makes enough for five people to have a little more than 1/3 cup of sauce on their pasta (1/3 cup is about 80 grams). Add in a serving of whole wheat pasta and your bowl should still come in under 450 calories. I ate a huge salad before I ate my pasta to make sure got in my veggies and to reduce the amount of space in my stomach before eating the pasta. :)
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