For a long time I was vegan, so I know the importance of being able to create a recipe that most people take for granted. Depending on where you live, some restaurants are catching up to the idea of making it easy for someone who is vegan or vegetarian to get a bite to eat, but how easy has it been for you to go out and enjoy a dish of creamy pasta alfredo? I know it was frustrating for me. That’s why I decided that I was going to have alfredo if those restaurants wanted me to or not. And that’s how this recipe came about. Simple, easy, and oh so creamy, this sauce has a shelf life of up to five days so is great for storing in the fridge as left overs or to have on hand for when you might need it in a pinch of time.
For 8 servings (1 qt.) you will need:
- 1 Tb Ghee *See notes at the bottom
- 8 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
- 2 Shallots (finely chopped)
- 4 c. Vegetable Broth
- 3 c. Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 ts. Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- Oregano (to taste)
- Italian Seasoning (to taste)
- Chopped Fresh Parsley + Basil (for serving)
- Nutritional Yeast or Miso Paste (to make it more cheasy)
- Flour (to adjust thickness)
Heat the ghee over medium heat. Once ready, add the garlic + shallot, a pinch of salt, and then stir. Cook for 2 minutes, however be sure to avoid browning. Add in the broth, milk, salt and stir.
Bring to a boil, then simmer. Stir occasionally for at least 20 minutes, adding the miso paste+flour to need. You’re aiming for a thick and creamy sauce. Want it more cheesy? Add the miso paste. Does it need to be thicker? Add the flour.
As you are stirring, add black pepper + oregano + italian seasoning, tasting as you go, until you reach perfection. When everything is complete, remove from heat and it is ready to serve. If you have cooked some noodles in the meantime, then your pasta alfredo is nearly finished. Just top with freshly chopped parsley and basil and it’s time to sit at the table.
- The recommended serving size for sauce is 2 oz. However, if you want more of a restaurant style serving, make it 4 oz. per serving. The amount per serving in the nutrition label will correspond with 4 oz.
- To make this dish Vegan, other alternatives for ghee would be coconut oil or olive oil.
What Is Ghee?
Ghee is similar to clarified butter, except in the fact that it burns longer before it begins to smoke, which allows it to take a higher amount of heat. It’s actually rich in beneficial nutrients, something which you would never think to find in regular butter. Ghee is filled with fat-soluble vitamins, and it’s free of lactose and caseins. It strengthens your bones and promotes healthy weight loss. It improves digestion and relieves inflammation, as well as has a wealth of Conjugated Linoleic Acid. Needless, to say it has a long list of reasons why it’s good for you.
If you are keeping track of what you are eating, whether you have a health condition or need to lose weight and not sure if you are getting all the nutrients you need, this next section is for you. It’s always good to know what we are putting into our bodies, especially if you’re looking to get healthy and stay healthy.