White Bean Cashew Alfredo

By Chef Linda

Aside from the taste, Alfredo sauce doesn't have too many other redeeming qualities. Made with heavy cream, parmesan, and lots of butter, it's not a sauce that's friendly to your health or to the animals. This recipe for White Bean Cashew Alfredo Sauce is a rich, delicious, and more compassionate alternative.

White Bean Cashew Alfredo Sauce

Deliciously simple to make, White Bean Cashew Alfredo sauce is a healthy and compassionate alternative to the traditional version

Beans are the least expensive source of protein. Aside from protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. And although cashews are one of the lowest-fiber nuts, they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and provide a healthy dose of protein. Cashews support bone strength and joint flexibility, discourage migraines, improve memory, lower blood pressure, and protect against UV damage, heart disease, and cancer. Together with white beans, they create a luscious, creamy combination that works deliciously on pasta, with steamed or roasted vegetables, or even as a spread or dip for bread.

White Bean Cashew Alfredo Sauce    


Super Easy


Makes about 2 cups

White Bean Cashew Alfredo





1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup raw cashews
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2  to 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water



Place all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Warm sauce in a small pot for several minutes before serving. Store in a covered container for several days or freeze.


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  1. Meagan

    Delish! Added some white pepper, more salt, and a bit of light miso paste

    • Linda Soper-Kolton

      Hi Meagan, thanks for trying our recipe! I love the idea of miso in this sauce, it gives such an amazing but subtle “umami” kick. I’m going to try it myself!


    This is delicious! I omitted the oil and just added a little extra water. So good! Will be making often!!!


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