Pasta with marinara sauce is one meal that definitely qualifies as cheap and easy, but if you are looking to top your favorite pasta with a dairy-style sauce instead, you'll find that they're not as budget-friendly. Vegan cheeses and creams, like dairy versions, can be quite pricey, but the good news is that there's a cheap alternative—white beans.
White beans can be beaten and blended into a creamy Alfredo-style pasta sauce in no time. The recipe requires only six ingredients, many of which you can find in just about any vegan kitchen.
The recipe below can be enjoyed tossed with your favorite pasta. You can also add veggies to make it a complete meal. Enjoy!
White Bean Alfredo Sauce
1/4 cup vegan margarine2 cloves garlic, minced2 cups cooked white beans, rinsed and drained1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milkSalt and pepper, to tasteParsley (optional)
•In a sauté pan over low heat, melt the margarine. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
•Transfer the margarine mixture to a blender or food processor, add the white beans and 1 cup of soy milk. Blend until completely smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add the remaining soy milk until you reach the desired consistency.
•Pour the sauce back into the pan over low heat, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Add fresh herbs, such as parsley, if desired. Cook until the sauce is warm.
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