One of the most delectable and simple recipes to make is a classic Alfredo sauce. I wanted to make a version of this beloved dish for my dairy-free daughter and my borderline vegan son, but with ingredients they can enjoy. You’ll never miss the cream, butter and cheese in my vegan Alfredo. My secret ingredient is nutritional yeast, which has a naturally cheesy flavor.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water.
While the pasta cooks, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil and onions and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the cashews and garlic and cook, stirring, until they're just starting to color, about 4 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and bring just to a boil.
Transfer the mixture to a blender and add the nutritional yeast, miso and 1 teaspoon salt. Alternatively, keep the mixture in the saute pan; add the nutritional yeast, miso and 1 teaspoon salt and use an immersion blender. Blend until the sauce is thick, creamy and smooth.
Return the drained pasta to the pot and toss with the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, toss with the reserved cooking water to thin the sauce.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.
Leftover or cooked vegetables, such as peas, broccoli, squash or mushrooms can be tossed with the pasta, if desired.
When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.