Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Roasted Mushrooms

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Delicious, creamy and familiar...This recipe will banish the "I can't give up cheese" excuse :) Well, to some extent. Try it. You'll love it!

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Sources: Colleen Patrick Goudreau's The Vegan Table and Epicurean Vegan, Adapted

3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 8 minutes in just enough water to cover
1 3/4 cup nondairy milk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons light (yellow or white) miso
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
pinch (1/8 teaspoon) cayenne pepper (optional)

  1. Drain and rinse cashews.
  2. Add cashews and the milk to a blender and blend until it's smooth (may take up to 5 minutes, depending on your blender).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
  4. Pour the sauce into a saucepan, turn heat up to medium and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  5. Once it thickens, remove it from the heat.

Roasted Mushrooms

Source, Cook's Illustrated's Perfect Vegetables: Part of "The Best Recipe" Series

1 pound white or cremini mushrooms cleaned and cut into halves if small, quarters if large
2 tablespoons canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper

  1. Adjust oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 450.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  3. Toss the mushrooms with the oil and salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Arrange the mushrooms in a single layer on the pan.
  5. Roast until the released juices have nearly evaporated and the mushroom surfaces facing the pan are browned, 12-15 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and turn the mushrooms.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and continue to roast until the mushroom liquid has completely evaporated and the mushrooms are brown all over, 5-10 minutes longer.