Creamy and rich, this Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce will blow you away. While most non-dairy alfredo recipes rely heavily on cashews, this recipe is nut free. Plus you don’t need an expensive blender; the sauce is made in one pan in 10 minutes!

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There’s a new dairy free alfredo sauce in town, and it couldn’t be easier to make. This one tastes scarily like the real thing!

Even though it’s vegan, it’s quite rich and nothing like the cauliflower versions you’ve probably tried. I’m sorry, but blended cauliflower and garlic just doesn’t equal creamy alfredo! Not in my book.

If you are looking for something a little healthier and you have a high powered blender, try my Vegan Alfredo Sauce, made with raw cashews. It’s super good!

I created this recipe because I know there are plenty of folks who either have a cashew/nut allergy OR they don’t have a high powered fancy blender.

This is the best dairy free alfredo sauce around, and you can make it on the stovetop in 15 minutes (or less). It’s that simple! Gluten free if you use gluten free pasta.

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How to make dairy free alfredo sauce

Scroll down for the full, printable recipe.

All there is to this sauce is melting some vegan butter in a pan, adding a handful of ingredients (unsweetened plant milk, vegan cream cheese, garlic, spices and a bit of vegan parmesan cheese).

You can add a little lemon zest for extra tastiness! Serve over fettuccine pasta, or anywhere else you like, such as pizza, spaghetti squash or even baked potatoes.

Allergy notes

If you have a nut allergy, make sure you check the package for allergens!

Especially for the vegan cream cheese and vegan parmesan cheese. I believe Follow Your Heart vegan parmesan is nut free, as well as Tofutti cream cheese.

If you don’t have a nut allergy, feel free to use almond or cashew milk instead of soy.

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce (No Cashews or Cauliflower!)

Creamy and rich, this Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce will blow you away. While most non-dairy alfredo recipes rely heavily on cashews, this recipe is nut free. Plus you don't need an expensive blender; the sauce is made in one pan in 10 minutes!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 
 

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 2 cups unsweetened soy milk*
  • 4 ounces vegan cream cheese* if you have a nut allergy, make sure there are NO NUTS in your cream cheese!
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • few shakes black pepper
  • 1 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese*
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • cooked fettuccine pasta
  • red chili flakes, for serving, optional

Instructions 

  • Add the vegan butter, unsweetened milk and cream cheese to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat and whisk until the butter has melted.
  • Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk in the parmesan until melted and stir in the lemon zest, if using.
  • Serve immediately over cooked fettuccine. Sprinkle with a few red chili flakes, if desired. Enjoy!
  • Storing leftover sauce: Store leftover alfredo sauce in a jar/container with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat, whisk and serve. It can also be frozen for 2-3 months.

Notes

  1. I have used Earth Balance and Miyoko’s brand butter here. Any vegan butter should work well, just make sure you like the flavor of the brand you use.
  2. If you don’t have a nut allergy, you may use unsweetened, unflavored almond or cashew milk. Whatever you use, ensure there is no vanilla or sweetener added or it will ruin your sauce.
  3. I used tofutti vegan cream cheese. I would not recommend Violife here because it simply turns to oil immediately when hot. 
  4. For the vegan parmesan, I used Follow Your Heart shredded parmesan. You could use my homemade parmesan if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6 servings | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 893IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian-inspired
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. This recipe was super easy and quick to make and absolutely delicious!!! Even my redneck meat and dairy loving dad enjoyed it!! I have been allergic to dairy for 3 years now and I really thank you for this amazing recipe. I miss so many dishes I grew up on.

    1. Hi Sam. I know what you mean about missing recipes that include dairy – there are so many ways to make delicious food without dairy! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the alfredo sauce! Thank you for sharing your great feedback!

  2. Can you make it ahead of time. I am having company and wanted to make it a little ahead of time. Thanks. Love all of your recipes so far.

    1. You could I suppose but it’s really much better when made pretty fresh. I wouldn’t make it too far in advance, but if you must, just warm it up gently before serving. I’m so glad you are enjoying my recipes, thank you!

    2. Update: I did end up making the recipe a few hours early and kept it on warm. It was a little thicker but excellent!

      I served the sauce to several non-vegans and they absolutely loved it.

      Thank you again. I am 100% whole food plant based and my partner is about 75%. All of your recipes have been delicious and a big help.

      I have lost over 100 pounds following a whole food plant based lifestyle and your recipes have been an enormous part of that.

      Thanks again.

      1. Hi Shelby! Thanks for the update! I’m so glad the sauce turned out great and was a hit! Thank you for sharing your feedback! I’m so glad to hear that my recipes are helpful to you – thank you for using them! Happy cooking!

  3. Hi there! I love this recipe so much and I’ve made it so many times. My family loves it! I was wondering if I could freeze this sauce. Thank you so much for a great recipe! <3

  4. Hands down the best I’ve ever made/eaten!
    I used Miyoko’s vegan butter and a bit of ghee to make up the amount needed, as I didn’t have enough Miyoko’s. I also used Miyoko’s cream cheese and vegan Violife parmesan cheese, grated from a wedge. The lemon brought all the flavors together and made the sauce bright. I wouldn’t omit it!
    Once the sauce was done, my pasta wasn’t done yet so the sauce sat for a few minutes and thickened. Anticipating this, I reserved some pasta water like you do with spaghetti sauces and added it until the sauce was where I wanted it, 3 T. or so.
    We sauteed mushrooms and parboiled broccoli and red pepper strips to add to the pasta sauce. It was fabulous.
    Thanks for the recipe- best ever!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this! My 8 year old gran boy loves Alfredo Sauce but has issues with dairy products. I am going to try this and see how it goes. Again, Thank you!

  6. Learning to adapt to gluten and dairy free is incredibly hard. However, this recipe made it all worth while!!!! Thank you so much for this fabulous dish!! Our daughter wanted my dish more than theirs that was full of gluten and dairy, haha. 

  7. Made this recipe for my very lactose intolerant son. He loved it. I tasted it and was quite impressed and so happy. The taste and creaminess is on point. I eat dairy and did not miss the taste of dairy Alfredo sauce. I asked him if it needed any changes, “It was pretty much perfect.” was his reply. Thanks so much. No my entire family can enjoy Alfredo pasta.

    1. How great that your son was able to enjoy Alfredo pasta with the rest of the family! Thank you for sharing your fun and wonderful feedback!

  8. another way I have made this is by making a roux with plant butter and flour and plant milk and adding follow your heart parmesan with some aldis vegan mozzarella, adding milk and spices so it melts all together making a creamy sauce.

  9. This is soo delicious. So quick and easy.. Made it last night. I didn’t have enough parm so I used left over Chao creamy cheese shreds. Which made it a little thicker and cheesier but I tasted it before the add and it was good and after. Was a hit with the boyfriend. I added Gardein chicken breast strips. Love all of your recipes.

    1. Hi Kim. The original recipe is for 6 servings. You can adjust that as needed for the number of people you will be serving.

      1. Made this tonight. It is FABULOUS! Wow! It all came together so easily and quickly but I felt super accomplished on this very busy weeknight. Thank you for another amazing recipe, Nora!

  10. So quick, easy, and customizable! The sauce was tasty on its own, but I added artichoke hearts and spinach to bulk it up. It’s rich without being super heavy like typical Alfredo sauce. Thanks Nora! 

    1. You are welcome, Abby! I’m thrilled you love the sauce, and your additions sound so delicious! Thank you for sharing your review and feedback.

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