Vegan Fettuchini Alfredo

Dinner, Pasta

A few Friday things:

1. I’m officially addicted to Pinterest. I feel like I’ve said this before, but then I forget about it and blah blah. But this week I reorganized my pins, started following more people, etc. I’m into it!

2. Do you ever love a song so much that you google the lyrics so you can sing along? I can’t be the only person that does this. A lil’ embarrassing, but how else are you supposed to memorize the CORRECT lyrics?

3. I sometimes think I was put on this earth to convince skeptical people to watch and love Friday Night Lights. I feel like it’s my duty. WATCH IT!

4. Spotify. Are you on it? I like it. I can listen to all sorts of music whenever I want, though, I hate its sharing aspect. I don’t want people to see what ridiculousness I’m listening to. I don’t ALWAYS listen to cool-people music. And sometimes I wanna listen to the same song over and over and I don’t want to be judged, okay?! If you, too, feel this way, “private profile” is the way to go.

5. Trying is very important. I try hard at all sorts of things. Another thing that’s important: knowing when to quit. I quit something this week, I think, and it feels sad, but relieving all at the same time.

6. When you quit something, you might have the urge to eat your feelings. That’s cool, but also try drinking them. That’s fun too!

7. In other news, I’m eating more vegan food. Because I like to feel healthy every now and then. And I’m in love with this bathing suit. This pasta could be considered “bathing suit pasta.” It’s totally a thing.

Let me preface this by saying I loooove traditional fettuchini alfredo. My mom makes a great version of the traditional with heavy cream, loads of Parmesan cheese and a heavy hand of butter. I love it.

Since I’m an ardent fan of real cream, real cheese and real butter, I’m not going to tell you that the two dishes are interchangeable. They’re not. Apples and oranges.

This starts with cashews being soaked in water overnight (in the fridge).

This soakage gets the cashews all soft and pliable.

After that they take a trip to the blender with nutritional yeast (whaaa?), salt, garlic and minced shallots.

Nutritional yeast is used to thicken the cashews up a bit, and contribute to a creamier texture overall. I bought it in the bulk bin section of Whole Foods for about fifty cents.

After everything is all blended, I heated it up, and tossed it with some fettuchini. Nothing fancy. Nothing difficult.

I first fell in love with cashew cream at my favorite vegan restaurant here in LA. They put it on everything from fried eggplant sandwiches to vegan enchiladas.

The texture is smooth and creamy, while the flavor is nutty and rich. I just love it so much.

If you like, feel free to leave out the garlic and shallots, and put the cashew cream on toast topped with fresh fruit. Hello breakfast snack!

Vegan Fettuchini Alfredo

Print this recipe!

1 1/2 cups cashews, unsalted
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1/2 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, peeled
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Fettuchini Pasta
Chives (optional)

1. Transfer the cashews to a colander and rinse them under cold water. Place them in a medium bowl and cover with just enough water until they’re completely submerged. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and transfer it to a refrigerator overnight.

2. Place the cashews in the colander and rinse one more time. Transfer them to a blender, along with nutritional yeast, minced shallot and garlic clove; pour in just enough water to cover the cashews. Blend for 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides with a spatula every few minutes, until the cashews are smooth. You may need to play with the consistency a bit, adding a tablespoon or two of water.

3. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (fettuchini takes about 10 minutes). Strain pasta, reserving a bit of pasta water. Warm cashew cream in the same pot and add fettuchini and toss. Serve immediately with fresh chives as garnish, if you like. Cashew cream lasts in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Yields 2 cups of cashew cream

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  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 18, 2012 at 2:13 am

    This sounds so delicious! I haven’t tried cashew cream, but just know I’d love it!

  • Reply Alice May 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Always wondered why you spell it FETTUCCINI while pasta it’s feminine! We call them FETTUCCINE πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kim May 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Found your blog from pinterest and the Churro tots. Not just yummy food, but totally funny blog!
    You are not alone in the song lyric thing…I do it all the time!
    I am going to have to try the cashew cream, very interesting!

  • Reply Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

    i love cashew cream, great idea using it with pasta!

  • Reply Allyn May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

    If only my dairy allergic husband could eat nuts! Dang, it’s a good thing he’s cute.
    I did post a vegan vodka sauce today that we LOVE:

  • Reply Courtney May 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I religiously follow your site – it’s on my bookmarks tab- and even though I’m vegan, I still make a lot of your recipes for my friends and family. This is a great recipe…easy, and this time no modifications needed! Also… @ Cafe Gratitude, get the BLT Sandwich- it’s f*cking rad!!!

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Oh the one with fried coconut? Yes, I love it.

  • Reply channing May 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

    1) i love cashew cream and always love pasta!! [ the cashew cream in this recipe only needed 20 minutes of soaking in veggie broth and it literally looked/tasted like custard – seriously rich, creamy and so delicious!] i kid you not. custard!! πŸ™‚
    2) for drinking your feelings, i totally suggest *adult limeade*. sampled this at an event last night and was in love. i would be in total bliss to see *a cozy kitchen adult limeade*! [ ]
    3) quitting is sometimes necessary to allow bigger and more fab things to happen. i retired my blog [channingosity] yesterday in order to conceive of something more delish and with more focus. hopefully up and running this fall.
    4) if you have a stash of canned pumpkin puree, like i do right now, you must try this over the top amazing chef chloe recipe “Creamy Pumpkin Penne with Crispy Sage and Toasted Pecans”
    [ ] – you will die of joy.
    5) happy weekend!!!

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Pro tips! Thank you!

  • Reply Brittany May 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Friday Night Lights is The. Best. Show. Ever. I feel like the characters have become part of my life! (Lame, I know.) And c’mon Coach Taylor & Tammy, how could they be more perfect? LOVE IT.

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Best portrayal of a good marriage I’ve ever seen.

  • Reply Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    What an awesome vegan option.

  • Reply Margarita May 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I google song lyrics too! Yay! I’m not alone in this. Many times I catch myself singing to songs and then I realize, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right!” As soon as I get home, I google it and then read the lines over and over til I memorize it by heart! Too weird?

    This pasta sounds good… it looks as creamy as the original fettucini!

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I think we’re normal and enjoy doing things correctly. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Reformed Foodie May 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Bathing suits are excellent inspiration to eat healthy, and that’s a great one you chose – totally worthy of a Vegan swap:)

    I’ve been wanting to experiment with Cashew cheese/cream, but a bit timid from my last nutritional yeast experience (disaster.) I really need to get on board with it – it seems to be the cure all for any and all dairy free substitutions…you’ve inspired me!

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I was a little scared to use it too, actually. No biggie!

  • Reply Jessie May 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Did you buy a vegan pasta? I haven’t found one that I like yet. Soliciting recs. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      I did! The Whole Foods 365 brand is vegan, actually.

  • Reply Miss K May 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    This looks so yummy!!! Would love to try it.

  • Reply Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    how intriguing! looks delicious.

  • Reply Megan May 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hell to the yeah. I’ve been wanting a reason to soak up some cashews!

    • Reply Adrianna May 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I give you excuses for all sorts of things!

  • Reply Barb Bamber May 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I love Pinterest too.. I’m not addicted.. yet!! Looks like another fine recipe for dinner tonight.. coming up!

  • Reply Adina May 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    YES YES YES. Healthy without tasting like health food. I’m all over it.

  • Reply Lynna H. May 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm


  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou May 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I love, love, love this recipe. It’s genius to use nutritional yeast!

  • Reply Candi May 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This looks so yummy, but alas… i’m allergic to cashews so i will never be able to try this dish D:

  • Reply Megan Q. May 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    First of all, I definitely agree with #4. All the way! Second, I’m hooked on pinterest and your recipes! You should get one of those “Pin It” buttons. I’m pretty sure I didn’t see one… ?

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet May 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    this reminds me i need to get nooch!

  • Reply Kelsey @aslolife May 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

    yum, I totally want to try this–I’m always amazed at how well vegan versions of some of my favs turn out.

  • Reply JC May 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Great vegan food choices make it so easy to go vegan now and helps explain why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years! Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: and

  • Reply Robyn May 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    my devotion to FNL is so fierce that i just sat through battleship on a saturday night to see tim riggins with a crew cut in uniform.

  • Reply Catherine R. May 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Am I the only one saw she wrote 1234 then 345 for the friday things? πŸ™‚

    • Reply Adrianna May 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      HAHA! I think you’re the only one that caught it. Fixed it now. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tv Food and Drink May 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love Pinterest too, you crazy cat! How do I find you on there??

    • Reply Adrianna May 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      My username: acozykitchen πŸ™‚

  • Reply erin @ yummy supper May 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Adrianna, Love cashew cream! And I too am thinking about bathing suits, but have yet to do a thing about it. My fridge is packed with cream etc… oh well;)
    It was also fun to check out your Pinterest goodies. I’m scared to start pinning. I can only imagine how addictive it is!
    Have a great week,

  • Reply kale May 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I love Friday Night Lights!! And I totally have found lyrics so I can know the words to song along. We are not weird. We are wonderful.

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 21, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Beyond delicious!!

  • Reply Mary @ Fit and Fed May 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I can’t have cashews, boo-hoo, because I’d love to be able to have all those vegan sauces and desserts with soaked cashew cream. Luckily I make an almond-based ‘cheesy’ sauce for pasta and such. Young coconut meat can make something really creamy on the dessert front.

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    I’m super late to the party! I have one question. Raw cashews, or roasted?