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This is the pasta of all vegan pastas.
It’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s satisfying and it’s layered with so much meaty umami flavor that you’ll swear this pasta is secretly loaded with butter and cream.
Did you see my post last year where I talked about the secret behind delicious plant-based food? If not, I went in-depth on the science behind umami and why it’s often the missing link between good vegan food and great vegan food.
I’ve shared a lot of pasta recipes over the years, but this vegan mushroom version might take the cake. If you like fettuccine alfredo, then this pasta is for you.
The sauce starts with a base of caramelized onions and mushrooms. These can take up to 45 minutes, so don’t rush them. Turn the heat on low and let the vegetables do their thing. Onions can go from browned to burnt fairly quickly so check on them every few minutes and don’t be tempted to turn the heat up too much.
In addition to fresh mushrooms, we are adding in dried mushrooms to this sauce. Why? Because dried mushrooms contain much more umami than fresh ones! Again, this pasta is all about layering savory flavors and the dried mushrooms are key.
I chose dried porcini mushrooms over morels because they tend to be less expensive, so feel free to do one or the other or a mix of wild mushrooms. Soak them in hot water until soft, then remove the stems, chop and add to the mushroom mixture.
Then we make the cream sauce. A blend of cashews, nutritional yeast (more umami!)
and salt. Blend until super smooth, then add to the sauce. I’m also calling for a splash of balsamic vinegar to cut through the richness of the sauce.
See how silky that sauce is? I love how it clings to the fettuccini noodles so perfectly. This really is one of my favorite vegan pasta dishes. I can’t wait for you to try this one! Make it, then come back and tell me what you think. Can you tell the umami difference?
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Vegan Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo! This vegan Alfredo is SO amazing and layered with umami. If you are looking for the best vegan pasta, this is it. A must-try for anyone– vegan or not!
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