Savor the rich and creamy flavors of a classic comfort dish transformed into a compassionate delight with Vegan Chicken Alfredo Pasta. This recipe offers a plant-based twist on the traditional creamy Alfredo sauce, replacing dairy and meat with wholesome ingredients. Velvety cashew cream combined with tender vegan chicken and perfectly cooked pasta create a luxurious and satisfying meal that will leave you craving more. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply looking to explore plant-based cuisine, this Vegan Chicken Alfredo Pasta is a flavorful and hearty option that’s sure to impress.
Vegan Chicken Alfredo Pasta:
For the Cashew Alfredo Sauce:
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other plant-based milk
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the Pasta and “Chicken”:
- 12 oz fettuccine pasta (or pasta of your choice)
- 1 package (10 oz) plant-based chicken strips or chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Vegan Parmesan cheese (optional)
- In a blender, combine the soaked cashews, unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- Cook the fettuccine pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the plant-based chicken strips or chunks, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the “chicken” is heated through and slightly golden. Set aside.
- In the same skillet, add the cashew Alfredo sauce. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is heated and well combined.
- Add the cooked pasta and sautéed “chicken” to the skillet with the Alfredo sauce. Gently toss everything together until the pasta and “chicken” are coated with the creamy sauce.
- Cook for a few more minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the Vegan Chicken Alfredo Pasta hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley and vegan Parmesan cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 4 servings):
- Calories: ~450
- Total Fat: 20g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Total Carbohydrates: 50g
- Dietary Fiber: 6g
- Sugars: 2g
- Protein: 20g