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Today is the beginning of a new era! Just kidding *lol*. But indeed I‘ve got some news for you. There‘s going to be a new blog series covering basic vegan recipes. And it starts today at this very moment. Why basic recipes? Because a little poll in my instagram stories showed, that lot‘s of you would appreciate these type of recipes. And whatever is helpful to you, is important to me. The first recipe – well kind of, as I guess you could consider my coconut bacon as a basic too – is a vegan version of Alfredo sauce. Actually I created two slightly different variations, a first date approved version and one involving garlic breath. Believe me you don‘t want to kiss anybody after you ate the latter one. But honestly I‘m team garlic all the way! To be specific the two variations only differ in the amount of garlic added. So I didn‘t feel the necessity to write down the recipe twice. Just play around finding out what is your perfect amount of garlic.
Now you‘ve read halfway through this post and you‘re still wondering, if you’re actually supposed to know who that Alfredo dude is and why a sauce is named after him. You can find a funny anecdote about that here. Fact is Alfredo sauce ism`t really an Italian dish, more likely an American one and it‘s not popular at all here in Europe. At least we don‘t know it under this name and it‘s not on the menu in Italian restaurants. It sure is in America. I only found out about it, because I love to watch tasty videos. Literally Alfredo sauce is a mixture of butter and Parmesan cheese, sometimes refined with cream.
But here‘s the big question! How do we make this sauce vegan? As you can see it`s based on animal products. There are many different approaches. You can use vegan parmesan, margarine and cream, the simplest way to chose. Other recipes suggest soaked cashews or cauliflower. And I went for white beans. Why? They have the perfect texture and color, are subtle in flavor and they give your meal that protein kick you‘re looking for as a vegan. Nutritional yeast makes the perfect substitute for the Parmesan cheese and instead of butter you can use a tiny amount of oil.
Before we head into the recipe can we quickly take a second to embrace the creaminess of this Alfredo sauce… It‘s literally pasta heaven. Ok, I‘m off enjoying a plate of this yuminess! #sorrybutnotsorry
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Vegan Alfredo Sauce
- 200 g white beans dried or canned, organic
- 1-3 garlic cloves minced, organic
- 350 ml cashew milk organic
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast organic
- 1 tbsp olive oil organic
- 1/2 tsp salt organic
- a dash of white pepper organic
- 400 g pasta organic
- If you use dried beans soak them over night and cook them for a few hours until they are soft
- Mix all the ingredients iin a blender until you get a smooth sauce.
- Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packaging, but make sure they`re not cooked all through.
- Pour off water, add Alfredo sauce to the pasta and cook for another 2-3 minutes on very low temperature.