vegan almond cream sauce on veggie pasta

Vegan Almond Cream Sauce on Lentil Veggie Pasta

This Vegan Almond Cream Sauce is a perfect alternative to a dairy-based sauce or a cashew-based sauce. If you want a creamy cheese-like sauce but can’t have dairy or cashews this is perfect. This sauce is great on rice, pasta, and vegetables. In this recipe, I paired it with some Green Lentil Veggie Pasta. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, peanut free, cashew free, grain free, and oil free. It is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

It is so easy to make creamy sauces without dairy. This Vegan Almond Cream Sauce is creamy and cheesy without the need for any milk or cheese. I’ve made many different vegan recipes with soaked cashew, but I often get asked for an almond-based one by people with a cashew allergy. This is the perfect alternative to a typical vegan cashew cream sauce.

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Want some creamy cashew recipes? Check out the following links:

Vegan Squash Mac n Cheese
Egg Free Quiche
Rice Krispie Cheesecake

How to Use Almonds for the Vegan Almond Cream Sauce

The reason you see so many vegan cream sauce recipes with cashews is because cashews are much softer. Even after soaking almonds are still quite firm and can produce a slightly gritty texture.

These three tips will make your almonds blend up smooth and creamy:

  1. Soak your almonds in filtered water for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. After draining your almonds peel them. It sounds like a pain but it’s actually quite easy. Much easier than peeling garlic even! After the almonds have been soaked the skins slide right off.
  3. After making your Vegan Almond Cream Sauce you can pour it through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag for an even smoother consistency.
cybeles free to eat lentil pasta with vegan almond cream sauce

Cybele’s Free to Eat Pasta

My Vegan Almond Cream Sauce pairs so nicely with Cybele’s Free to Eat Superfood Green Pasta. This Pasta is grain free, vegan, and loaded with nutrients from green veggies. It has tons of plant based protein making this the perfect vegan meal. Click here to purchase Cybele’s pasta using my Amazon Affiliate link.

Usually I make pretty well rounded meals and cook a protein, a grain, and lot of veggies. But in case you guys forgot I have a baby, so sometimes I have to make a quick dinner. That’s why meals like this are perfect for when I’m in a crunch. If I don’t have time to make any vegetable sides and just end up eating a bowl of this pasta with some Vegan Almond Cream Sauce I can still feel like I’m eating a pretty balanced meal.

vegan almond cream sauce on veggie pasta
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Vegan Almond Cream Sauce with Lentil Veggie Pasta

A delicious vegan almond cream sauce that’s vegan and cashew free. The perfect cheesy tasting sauce for pasta, rice, or vegetables.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Emily Meyer | Eat or Drink
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  • 3 cups dry pasta – see blog for details on my choice of pasta
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 cup soaked and peeled almonds – see blog post for details
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes – optional/add more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon agave
  • 1 cup pasta water – if you are making the sauce for something besides pasta you can just use filtered water


  • Heat a small amount of oil in a large pot on medium heat. While the oil is heating, peel and prep your onion and garlic. Very roughly chop the onion into large chunks. Smash your garlic with the side of your knife, no need to chop any smaller.
  • Sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant and translucent (about 7 minutes). If the garlic is burning before the onion is done remove it from the pan. Once they are done cooking remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • Cook your pasta according to the box instructions. For fewer dishes, you can use the same pot you just used for your onions and garlic. Be sure to reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water near the end of cook time.
  • While your pasta is cooking you can prepare your sauce. Blend your onion, garlic, almonds, all seasonings, agave, and pasta water. Blend until completely smooth. To remove any gritty texture from the almonds and onions you can run the sauce through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. This stop is not necessary unless the gritty texture bothers you.
  • Drain your pasta and set aside. Pour your sauce into the pot you cooked your pasta in and heat until it just begins to bubble. Add your pasta back in and mix until combined.


Note on Nutrition Facts:
Nutrition facts are only for sauce, does not include pasta.
I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition facts provided are not always 100% accurate and are calculated using general brands and figures. If you need exact nutrition facts please consult a certified dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2.4mg
vegan almond cream sauce on veggie pasta

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