Winter is the time to bundle up, enjoy the chilly weather and indulge in your favorite comfort foods. In my book, the best foods are the ones that taste amazing while being equally good for you. That’s my whole motto here at Gia Knows, so when I put together a recipe worth raving about, I have to share it!
Cheesy pasta is at the top of my cravings list, so I made a creamy macadamia nut Alfredo sauce to accompany any pasta of your choosing. Al dente Kelp noodles are my choice, but this would be delicious with gluten free pasta or zucchini noodles.
Let me share my inspiration for a secret ingredient that really makes this sauce pop. I love researching new ingredients and seasonings that lend their complex flavors to all kinds of dishes and international cuisines. When I stumbled upon a stinky black salt called Kala Namak I was intrigued enough to experiment with it.
Black salt smells a little like boiled eggs. It would likely be great in an eggless salad with coconut pulp or tofu. The smell and taste are spot on without being overpowering. It’s the perfect savory/umami combo. Just use it sparingly because it is salt after all.
Here’s my Recipe:
Macadamia Alfredo Sauce
- 3 cups raw macadamia nuts, soaked overnight and drained
- 1-2 cups water, or enough to blend
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 ½ teaspoons black salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 4 cloves fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender like the Vitamix. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Blend a few minutes until the sauce is very creamy and warm. Taste and add more salt or lemon juice to preference.
Mix with your favorite pasta. Sprinkle a touch of black pepper and more nutritional yeast to garnish.
If you want to see how I prep my kelp noodles, check out this post.
Enjoy your healthy comfort food!
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