Vegan Pasta Alfredo

Buongiorno!

When you think of Alfredo, you’ll most likely think creamy, rich, sinfully good pasta. At least that’s what I thought of the traditional American Alfredo because it has heavy cream, cheese and even pork bacon. I’m a vegetarian now, practicing vegan for most of the week, but that’s not to say that I don’t crave that rich and creamy pasta taste, because I definitely do!

I found this recipe by Solveig from Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl which was totally up my alley. It’s fast and uses few ingredients, yet it’s so yummy and healthy you’ll probably lick the plate clean. No harm in that! However I edited this recipe a little by adding water. If you can imagine, it was a little too thick, so the added water did the trick.

Avocado gives the Alfredo that rich and creamy texture people know and love, while the nutritional yeast and salt give it a cheesy taste. This dish is definitely rich in fat, but it’s healthy, weight shedding fat, not mucus or cancer forming fat from sources like dairy and meat. Plus, avocados are a rich source of omega 3 and protein while nutritional yeast is rich in B vitamins for energy. If you haven’t noticed when you eat rich pasta dishes like the typical alfredo, you’ll want to knock out right to sleep. Thats because of all that dairy, gluten and meat which is super hard for the body to digest. There goes all your energy!

I eat it because it tastes delicious and I never, ever feel guilty for eating this dish. Icing on the cake? It can be stored for a few days so if you make a large amount, it’ll make great leftovers. Just remember that avocados, when exposed to air, oxidizes and turns a dark brown color because of the natural oils.

Buono appetito il mio amici!
Natalie

20140313-222017.jpgVegan Alfredo Recipe by Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl
Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of Water
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/2 cup of basil
1/3 teaspoon of salt (for boiling pasta)
Gluten free pasta

Recipe
1) bring water to a rolling boil, then add salt and pasta
2) boil noodles until aldentè
3) while noodles cook, place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth
4) strain the cooked noodles and combine the Alfredo in a large bowl or in the same saucepan you used to cook your pasta
5) et voilà! Fast and easy vegan alfredo

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