Recipe: alfredo pasta

Madeleine Raine gives us options for a more plant based pasta recipe

Madeleine Raine
27th May 2020
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If you are like me and already sick of eating the same meals day in day out, yearning for a fresh way to spice up your day, then look no further. I recently stumbled upon this recipe on Instagram (@veganbowls) and could not wait to give it a try. The great thing about this recipe is that it can also be made completely plant based so is perfect for everyone! So here we have it, Alfredo pasta.

Now I am a lover of pasta, always have been, always will be. If it wasn’t for the lack of pasta on the shelves right now, I would have probably had it for every meal. But even I am becoming bored of the same monotonous meal regime that comes with the classic tomato sauce. That is why this recipe for Alfredo seemed like the perfect place to start.

As a vegan myself, I opted for a fully plant-based recipe, but everything can be altered to suit your needs and taste.

First things first, you will want to grab yourself a packet of cashew nuts, preferably unsalted. These are perfect for making the sauce thick and creamy and give it both a nutty and cheesy taste. It is usually best to soak these in a bowl of water overnight so that they are soft enough to blend together. Once you have blended the cashew nuts together, you will want to slowly add your milk (whether this is cow’s milk or a plant-based alternative) until you reach the right consistency.

Now for the flavour. At this point it is really up to you to experiment with this dish. If you are wanting a simple yet enticing flavour, adding a dash of fresh garlic and herbs (my go to for this dish is basil) is perfect. Adding grated cheese of your choice (or yeast flakes if you want a vegan alternative) can make for a heavenly cheese sauce.

Once you have the desired flavour, heat your sauce, and serve over freshly cooked pasta. This is such an easy recipe, adding a little something extra to your day.

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AUTHOR: Madeleine Raine
MA History student with a BA in English Literature and History. Lifestyle writer and avid traveller who has recently branched out to also cover news articles. Twitter @RaineMadeleine

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