Creamy Alfredo-Inspired Sauce

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When Wayne was diagnosed with heart disease, we reluctantly resigned ourselves to giving up such treats as classic Fettuccine Alfredo, with its carb-heavy noodles, and the classic sauce made from heavy cream, butter and lots of Parmesan cheese. The fat and sodium content was far in excess of an entire daily recommendation, and too indulgent even for the occasional “exception.”

The first time we tried this creamy, delicious sauce, poured over very lightly cooked zoodles (spiralized zucchini), cooked al dente, we were surprised! It didn’t taste like a food that has demanded huge sacrifices. It was rich and satisfying. We have also enjoyed it on spaghetti squash, and even poured over a ground turkey and vegetable mix that Wayne likes to make.

The cashews give the sauce its rich creaminess, and the nutritional yeast flakes provide a cheesy taste. We did not opt for a completely vegan or nondairy version, but by using only 2% milk and just a little cheese, we were able to sharply reduce the fat and sodium content.

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Creamy Alfredo-Inspired Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword sauce, Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
3 oz
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword sauce, Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
3 oz
Instructions
  1. Crush the cashews well, and rinse if they are salted, to remove excess salt. Blend together the first seven ingredients well in a blender until smooth. (A small, high-powered blender like a Nutri-Bullet works well for this.)
  2. Transfer the blended sauce to a pan and add the milk and basil. Heat over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring to blend ingredients.
  3. While the sauce is heating, shred the mozzarella cheese. (Shredding your own will result in a creamier sauce than using pre-shredded!) When very hot, add the mozzarella and stir until smooth.
  4. Serve hot on zoodles (spiralized zucchini), spaghetti squash, or other vegetables.
  5. This sauce contains only a fraction of the calories, saturated fat and sodium of traditional or commercial Alfredo sauces!

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