This Alfredo sauce is nuts

Illustration by Serene Lusano

Heavy cream, butter, Parmesan. An abundance of these ingredients have put pasta Alfredo on many most-fattening-restaurant-entree lists for years—and the don’t-even-think-about-touching list for vegans. The cashew-based, creamy vegan sauce by Victoria Fine Foods, however, is an exception to both categories. Comparing apples to apples, it’s got half the fat that jarred animal-ingredient-inclusive sauces such as Bertolli does (5 grams vs. 10 grams per serving), and no baby cashews were tortured or torn away from their mothers to create it—actually, maybe they were, but cashews are not sentient mammals, so there’s a lot less in common in the human-empathizing arena. And there’s more good news: flavors! The Victoria vegan Alfredo nut sauce line (available at Sprouts) includes arugula-pesto, artichoke and roasted pepper variations, plus a vodka sauce and a white bean marinara sauce for those with nut allergies who don’t think a side of EpiPen pairs well with pasta.