Pasta Alfredo with Walnut Parmesan


This rich alternative to a traditional pasta alfredo is both meat and dairy free, making it a nutritious option for anyone looking to cut down on saturated fat and cholesterol without sacrificing flavor. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Gardein.

Serves 6-8

For the Pasta:

  • 1 pound uncooked tubular pasta
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • to taste: salt and pepper
  • for garnish: chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup walnut parmesan
  • 1 package meatless chicken strips (such as Gardein’s Chick’n Strips)

For the Walnut Parmesan:

  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Boil pasta according to package directions, rinse with cold water, and transfer to a large bowl.

Once the cashews have soaked for an hour, drain them and rinse well. Next, place the cashews, broth, garlic, nutritional yeast, vinegar, and salt and pepper in a high-speed blender, and blend until thick and creamy. ( A food processor will do the trick, but a high-powered blender will make the sauce perfectly creamy smooth.) The sauce should be about as thick as pancake batter.

Taste and adjust to seasonings. Pour the sauce over the pasta, and stir to coat. Add meatless chicken strips, cooked according to the directions and sliced.

Serve the pasta in shallow bowls, sprinkled with fresh basil (or any fresh herbs you prefer) and a couple tablespoons of walnut parmesan.

For the Walnut Parmesan:

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped but still crumbly. Store in refrigerator for up to a month.

This recipe was created by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

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Nutrition Information

Pasta Alfredo with Walnut Parmesan

Servings per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories:  537

Calories from Fat:  231

Total Fat:  25g

Saturated Fat:  4g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  451mg

Potassium:  200mg

Carbohydrates:  54g

Dietary Fiber:  8g

Protein:  26g

Sugars:  4g

Vitamin A:  0%

Vitamin C:  1%

Calcium:  6%

Iron:  34%

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