Friends, are you ready for some next-level alfredo pasta? I know – who isn’t? Let’s do this!
The base and inspiration for this recipe is sweet potato noodles!
I’ve only shared a few veggie noodle pastas on the blog (Carrot Noodle Chickpea Bolognese, Zucchini Pasta with Lentil Sauce and Noodle-Free Pad Thai). But, because it’s summer and I’ve found myself in an abundance of zucchini and potatoes, it seemed like the right time to share another “pasta-free” pasta dish!
This recipe is easy to make, requiring just 8 ingredients and simple methods to prepare.
The base is spiralized sweet potato noodles, which cook up quickly until tender and provide the perfect amount of sweetness to offset the garlicky, cheesy cashew alfredo sauce.
This garlicky alfredo sauce is on point! Cashews blend with both roasted and raw garlic (a trick I perfected in my Best Ever Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe), nutritional yeast, salt, and almond milk. Arrowroot adds a little more thickness to the sauce but isn’t necessary.
Yes, that’s it! So easy and so creamy, garlicky, and delicious. Look at that thickness though!
I hope you all LOVE this veggie noodle pasta. It’s:
This would make the perfect weeknight meal when you’re craving something healthy but satisfying. To quicken the process, you can also roast your garlic and soak your cashews ahead of time, which would make this more of a 20-minute recipe!
If you aren’t into sweet potatoes, you could sub other veggie noodles such as zucchini or your favorite gluten-free pasta. And if you’re into pasta, be sure to check out our Spicy Red Lentil Pasta, Chickpea Bolognese, Garlicky White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta.
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- Add cashews to a small mixing bowl and cover with very hot water to soak for 1 hour. Then drain thoroughly and set aside (or soak overnight or 6-8 hours in cool water).
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and slice off the very top of your whole head of garlic. Place on a piece of foil, drizzle with oil (optional) and a pinch of salt and loosely wrap. Bake directly on the oven rack for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until fragrant, tender, and slightly golden brown. Then remove from oven to let cool.
- If serving with kale chips or sautéed kale, prepare now and set aside until serving.
- While cashews finish soaking, peel and spiralize potatoes using a veggie spiralizer on the thinnest blade, or if you don’t own a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler or julienne peeler instead. Set aside.
- Add soaked and drained cashews to a high-speed blender as well as roasted garlic. To extract garlic cloves, squeeze from the base upwards and the softened cloves should easily slide out. Then add remaining ingredients: fresh garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, arrowroot starch, and 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) almond or rice milk.
- Blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more fresh garlic for zing/kick, nutritional yeast for “cheesiness,” salt for saltiness, or a pinch of red pepper flake (optional) for heat. The sauce should be creamy, smooth, and pourable. If too thick, thin with a bit more almond milk (I used 2 cups (480 ml)).
- Transfer sauce to a large, rimmed pan or pot and heat over medium-low heat until it just starts to bubble. Whisk as it heats, as it will thicken. Once bubbling reduce heat to low and simmer to keep warm. The sauce will thicken, so thin with more almond or rice milk as needed.
- Heat a separate large rimmed skillet or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add 1-2 Tbsp oil (or water) and add potato noodles. Season with a pinch of salt and toss with tongs to coat. Cover to let steam. I added a couple of Tablespoons of water to my pan to help them steam. But be careful not to add too much or it can make the noodles soggy. You need just a little moisture to help them soften. Continue cooking, gently tossing occasionally until tender.
- Add your sweet potatoes to your sauce and gently toss to combine. If adding kale or other add-ins, add at this time.
- Serve as is or garnish with fresh parsley, crispy chickpeas, kale chips, vegan parmesan, or red pepper flake.
- This dish is best when fresh, as the noodles tend to get soggy after reheating, but the flavor is still delicious! If storing for later, I recommend keeping kale and other toppings separate. Will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.