Since becoming vegetarian and since eating more vegan foods (and especially since super creamy dairy products don't really like me anyway), I don't typically eat Alfredo anymore. However, when I saw Alicia Silverstone post Allison Rivers Samson's vegan Alfredo recipe on The Kind Life, I knew I had to try it.
Even I was super skeptical of this recipe. I literally only used six ingredients: 1 heaping cup of raw cashews, 2 heaping tablespoons of raw pine nuts, a little over 1.5 cups of water, some squeezes of fresh lemon juice, garlic and salt. And THAT is supposed to taste like Alfredo?
Amazingly, it did. This stuff was magical. I blended the cashews and pine nuts in my Vitamix, then added the remaining ingredients and blended until smooth. After bringing the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, I turned the heat down and simmered for seven minutes (whisking constantly the entire time, including during the bringing-to-a-boil phase). Done! It's that quick and easy!
The result was fabulous, vegan Alfredo. My non-vegetarian, non-vegan fiance approved immensely. Neither of us could believe how good it was. Three cheers for Alfredo!
Below: the pasta I used, in case you're wondering.