No Butter No Cheese No Cream One Pot Fettucini Alfredo

No Butter No Cheese No Cream One Pot Fettucini Alfredo

I wanted to post this delicious recipe I tried the other night at my daughter's request.  For a lot of us these days, we need to avoid butter, cheese or milk.  This is actually a vegan recipe but tastes similar to fettucini alfredo made with vegetable broth and unsweetened almond milk.  Best of all, it is cooked in one pot! 

One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

Prep Time  5minutes

Cook Time  30minutes

Total Time  35minutes

Servings       3servings

Calories       362kcal

Author         Yup, it's Vegan


1/2tbspolive oil


1shallotfinely chopped

2cupsvegetable broth or vegetable stock(see notes)

1 and 1/2 cupsplain, unsweetened non-dairy milk(see notes)

1tspsaltplus more to taste (reduce if using a salty broth - mine is low-sodium)

8ozdry fettuccine

black pepper, dried oregano and red pepper flakesto taste

chopped fresh basil or parsleyfor serving


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. If possible, choose a skillet that is wide enough to completely fit the fettuccine. Smaller pans will work but require a bit more fuss to stir and submerge the pasta as it cooks.

Add the garlic and shallot to the pan along with a sprinkle of salt and stir. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the garlic is softened and the shallot is turning translucent; avoid browning.

Add the vegetable broth, nondairy milk, and salt, and stir. Add the dry pasta and gently prod it around to submerge it under the liquid. If not all of it fits now, you will need to gently push it into the pan after the submerged portion has softened later.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally, gently separating any pasta that starts to stick together. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened onto the pasta and the texture is to your liking. If too much of the liquid is cooking off, reduce the heat a little bit, and add more nondairy milk.

Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with fresh herbs and other toppings if desired. Best served immediately, but leftovers will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge (cool completely to room temperature before boxing up and refrigerating).

Recipe Notes

For a slightly 'cheesier' taste, try adding white or yellow miso paste, and/or nutritional yeast.

This recipe will taste bland if not properly seasoned, so be sure to taste it throughout cooking and add salt and other seasoning as needed.

You can finish the dish with a squeeze of lemon juice if you like, but I recommend only adding it to individual portions just before eating. The lemon juice will start to curdle the soy milk if left to sit, and may also have the same effect if other nondairy milks are used.

This recipe is as good as your nondairy milk and vegetable broth. If you do not like the taste of them on their own you will not like how this recipe tastes.

The cooking time will need to be adjusted for differently-shaped or thinner pasta. The simmer in step 4 should be fairly gentle otherwise too much liquid may cook off - though that's luckily an easy fix; but note that the cooking time will increase because the extra nondairy milk will cause the temperature of the overall cooking mixture to temporarily decrease.

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The one pot creamy garlic pasta recipe is what I personally find to be an ideal preparation for a creamy vegan pasta dish. Because of the one pan method that cooks together the pasta and the sauce all in one pot, the sauce coats the pasta exceptionally well. Fettuccine is especially suited to coming out to a lovely al dente texture in the final product. Thankfully, if you prefer your pasta cooked differently it’s also easy to adjust.

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So while I recommend using an all-natural soy milk in this recipe, if you already know you dislike soy milk, then you may use the unsweetened almond milk. Other choices with a higher water content may affect the cooking time and amount of liquid needed, but luckily with this recipe it’s fairly easy to adjust as you go. If you choose something other than soy, I recommend starting with just 1 cup of it and adding more as needed from there.

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