Garlicky Alfredo Pasta

creamy garlicky pasta

Traditional creamy pasta sauces, such as an Alfredo sauce, are super good. However, they are not so good for you. Although I am a vegetarian, I monitor and balance my dairy intake. This recipe is completely vegan and protein based! I blended white beans with some amazing flavors that will satisfy your creamy craving! It’s really easy. No kidding! Minimal ingredients with hefty flavors.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box Fusilli pasta, or another curly pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup low-sodium veggie broth
  • ¼ cup of non-dairy milk (almond, hemp or rice milk)
  • ¼ cup reserved pasta water or another, or ¼ cup of veggie broth (See note)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp oregano, optional
  • 1 tsp Salt and pepper, to taste

Note: If you forget to reserve the pasta water don’t sweat it! Just use extra veggie broth or milk.

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package. Drain and keep warm, retaining ¼ cup pasta water.
  2. In the same pot you looked the pasta, add 2 tsp olive oil, over low heat, and the garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. In a blender, add the garlic, white beans, vegetable broth, milk, pasta water, 2 tbsp olive oil, nutritional yeast and oregano (if using). Blend for about 1 minute, or until smooth.
  4. Pour the sauce into the pot over low heat, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the sauce is warm. Now, incorporate the pasta. Turn off heat.

Serving Suggestion

  1. Upon serving, top with bread crumb (for a crunch!) or [vegan] Parmesan cheese.
  2. Pair with steamed broccoli and/or a garden salad- such as my Artichoke Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomato Salad Dressing !

Tip: You don’t have to cook the garlic if you enjoy the taste of raw garlic. Therefore you can skip step 2. I will suggest, however, you use less garlic (just use 1 small clove when blending) if you don’t cook it.

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****Photos taken by my talented, photographer cousin Monique Direnzo.*****

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