This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is what autumnal dreams are made of. It’s packed with rich flavor, and has the creamiest texture thanks to cashew cream!
What’s your comfort food? Growing up with an Italian mom, we had pasta a lot with dinner. She even makes her own raviolis every December for Christmas, using our family recipe! For me, forget the chicken noodle soup. Comfort food comes in the form of those raviolis, or a warm bowl of pasta.
This pasta with homemade pumpkin alfredo sauce is the ultimate comfort food. It’s rich and creamy without feeling too heavy. A deliciously savory blend of garlic, shallots, and rosemary accentuates the pumpkin flavor.
How to make vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce
To keep this dish completely dairy free, we utilize a few unique vegan ingredients that pack a savory, umami punch. Instead of cream and cheese, we use homemade cashew cream, white miso, and nutritional yeast.
Sauté garlic and shallots in olive oil.
Add miso paste and rosemary to the pan.
Make cashew cream in a blender with cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and spices.
Cook pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
Add pureed pumpkin, garlic and shallots mixture, and pasta water to the blender with cashew cream.
Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
The vegan ingredients that make this recipe shine
Cashew cream: Cashew cream is an excellent plant-based substitution for heavy cream in recipes. It is incredibly easy to make! Blend soaked cashews with liquid of choice (water, almond milk, or broth), and whatever flavorings you want to add. Cashew cream is lower in calories and saturated fat than regular cream.
Miso: A traditional Japanese ingredient, miso is a thick paste made from fermented soy. It is packed with super salty, umami flavor. Miso is a good source of many nutrients, including manganese and vitamin K. It also contains probiotics, thanks to the fermentation process!
Nutritional yeast: This ingredient has a cheesy, slightly nutty flavor. Nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins and is a complete source of plant-based protein!