Vegan Asian Alfredo Noodles

Oh divine spirits of the culinary heavens, I thank you for helping me bring to life this transcendent food creation I am calling…

Asian Alfredo Noodles!

Okay seriously though, I don’t know how this happened. I went into making dinner with one idea, changed it up a bit, and ended up with a completely new flavor profile the likes of which I have never experienced.¬†That, to me, is something spiritual.

Vegan Asian Alfredo Noodles

Down to the specs…

Just like our well-loved Italian Alfredo, the sauce coating these noodles is smooth, creamy, light-colored, and garlicky. The three players contributing to the creaminess are tahini, almond butter, and coconut milk. The sauce is seasoned with mellow white miso, which is a salty paste made from fermented soybeans (it’s tastier than it sounds), but without¬†darkening the sauce as soy sauce or tamari would. The two acids I chose were fresh-squeezed lemon juice and rice vinegar, which are balanced out by nature’s ultimate sweetener – dates. And, not to forget the star of this Asian Alfredo sauce, fresh garlic – whose raw bite becomes fragrant and mellowed out as the sauce cooks with the noodles.

Vegan Asian Alfredo Noodles

Asian Alfredo Noodles

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

    For the sauce:
  • Juice from 1 lemon (about 3 Tbsp.)
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 4 Tbsp. white miso
  • 6-7 dates, pitted
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup water, as needed to make the sauce smooth
  • For the rest of the dish:
  • 7 oz. (1/2 a package) stir-fry rice noodles
  • Vegetables of choice, to serve (such as: sliced red bell pepper, edamame, steamed broccoli, mixed frozen veggies)
  • Hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds), to top (optional)

Directions

  1. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add salt, turn off heat, then add noodles. Soak for 8-10 minutes or as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender; blend until smooth.
  3. Once softened, drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water for 10 seconds.
  4. Pour the sauce into the same pan used to cook the noodles. Warm over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you can smell the garlic.
  5. Add the noodles back into the pan with the sauce. Stir gently to coat and warm the noodles.
  6. Serve immediately with desired vegetables; sprinkle with hemp seeds (if using).

Notes

Recipe inspired by This Rawsome Vegan Life.

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Nutrition information includes 1 tsp. hemp hearts topping per serving; does not include any side vegetables.

Asian Alfredo Noodles Nutrition Label

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