This Easy Vegan Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is the perfect easy weekday meal for Meatless Monday. If you want a delicious family-friendly meal that you can get on the table fast, alfredo pasta is it! Think creamy dairy-free Alfredo sauce made from cauliflower and cashews mixed alongside some hearty pasta. Toss in crisp-tender healthy broccoli for a well-rounded dinner. Ready in only 30 minutes! This vegan take on this traditional pasta dish is a delicious and guilt-free way to satisfy all your pasta cravings. Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free! Gluten-free Option
I think it's safe to say almost EVERYONE loves Alfredo... It's certainly one of my favorite pasta sauces. I'm truly obsessed. I especially love the Shrimp Alfredo from Red Lobster! Alfredo sauce is a classic Italian sauce known for how luscious and smooth it is. And let's be honest.. The abundance of parmesan cheese makes it hard to resist.
But y'all know I've been trying to eat less dairy, So I decided it was time to make my own vegan alfredo sauce that's every bit as creamy, satisfying, and flavorful as the dairy-based version. So my dairy-free plant-based folks get ready, this Easy Vegan Broccoli Alfredo Pasta will blow your socks off.
Alfredo sauce is traditionally made with heavy cream and lots of parmesan cheese. Obviously, this is not ideal for those who avoid dairy, but the flavors are hard to beat.
Fortunately, you can make Alfredo sauce without using any milk products by making a few simple ingredient substitutions. It only takes a little know-how and the right mix of substitutes.
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Full of flavor + so creamy!
You don't need any fancy ingredients to pull off this fast plant-based dinner. In addition to your favorite pasta (I recommend pappardelle) and any cheesy toppings you may like, you'll need:
Nooch, or deactivated yeast, has a pleasantly cheesy flavor that makes it an excellent substitute for the real thing.
Especially if you're trying to avoid dairy.
If you haven't heard already, nutritional yeast AKA NOOCH is the best thing since sliced bread. Love the flavor of cheese but want to eat less of it or cut it out completely? NOOCH is here to save the day. I seriously use this on so many vegan and plant-based recipes!
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Nutritional yeast will be your best friend. It’s a great source of protein---the elusive B-12 vitamin that vegans need, as well as folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium, and zinc. Nutritional yeast deserves a top spot in the superfood hall of fame, in my opinion.
If you'd like to add protein to this pasta dish, it's easy to do, regardless of your diet!
Plant-based protein options:
You can also check out Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year if you're new to plant-based life and want to experiment!
Non-vegan protein options:
Yes, you can use any gluten-free pasta you want. Every other ingredient is gluten-free by nature. Feel free to experiment with different types of pasta, such as lentil or chickpea pasta. You can substitute another shape of pasta for the fettuccine, but this will deviate from the classic.
I recommend blending your broccoli into the creamy sauce if you have a picky eater on your hands!
This pasta is best enjoyed right away, fresh out of the skillet. However, you can also store it for a quick, healthy lunch the next day. Cool the pasta and pack it into an airtight container. Enjoy within four days.
The noodles and cooked broccoli won't freeze and defrost well. However, you can freeze the cauliflower-cashew alfredo in an airtight container for up to three months. Then, when you're ready to serve, simply thaw the sauce until it releases from the container then reheat it on the stove. If it's thicker than you'd like, add more broth or dairy-free milk to reach your desired consistency.
Of course! You can easily customize this healthy dinner recipe if you're not a fan of (or are simply out) of broccoli. Many of our Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables work well in this pasta. Any greens like kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, bok choy, or cabbage are tasty, vitamin-rich additions to your dinner. You can also add sautéed mushrooms, carrots, onions, bell peppers, or leeks to add crunch, color, flavor, and nutrition to this recipe.
If you can't have nuts you can either add extra cauliflower or sunflower seeds!
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When it comes to vegan recipes, there's no need to be overwhelmed! It's easier than you think to make a dish that's plant-based without sacrificing flavor, texture, or satiety. Of course, if you do find yourself stuck, then I’m here to help with my Vegan Archives section of the blog. Check out my My Favorite Vegan Sauces to Spice up any Meal!
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Easy Vegan Broccoli Alfredo Pasta.