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Vegan cream sauce?

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I found a recipe for angel hair pasta that I really want to try. It calls for a half cup of cream and I'm not sure what to sub. I was thinking soy milk tends to be the richest/creamiest of the plant milks but I don't much care for the flavor and I'm not sure how it would work as part of a sauce. I prefer the flavor of almond milk but I think it has the consistency of about 1% milk so I'm not sure it would be thick enough.

Any suggestions?
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Can you post the recipe? It might give us a better idea of what the cream in the recipe is supposed to do.

Personally, I would probably use almond milk because I think it has the most neutral flavor for cooking. If you need the sauce to be thick, you might reduce the liquids a bit. For a richer flavor, maybe add just a bit of a vegan butter if you have any on hand. Depending on what the recipe is going for, sometimes you can also use some vegan cream cheese in place of part of the cream. That would work well in an alfredo-type recipe.
Cashew cream is a really good sub for dairy cream in cooking, I've made delicious alfredo with it before so it would probably work for your recipe:
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Crochetlove, here's the recipe

1/2 lb. wild mushrooms
3/4 lb. ripe tomatoes, peeled
1/4 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 rosemary sprig or 1/2 tsp. dried
1/2 lb. angel hair pasta (capelli de'angelo) or vermicelli
1/2 c. cream
2 tbsp. butter
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. shredded basil

Such as morels, chanterelles, ****ake or oyster mushrooms (or equal amount of cultivated mushrooms).

1. Rinse the mushrooms and pat them dry. Cut off and reserve the stems. Cut the mushroom caps into thin strips. There should be about 4 cups all together.

2. Cut away the cores of the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into 1/2 inch cubes.

3. Cut the prosciutto into very thin julienne strips.

4. In a kettle, bring 3 quarts of water to the boil for the pasta. Add salt to taste.

5. meanwhile, heat the oil in a casserole and add the mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes and add the garlic, jalapeno and prosciutto, stir for 1 more minute. Add the rosemary.

6. Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir until the strands are submerged. Cook about 4 minutes, or to the desired degree to doneness scoop out and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and return it to the kettle.

7. Add the tomatoes to the mushroom mixture and stir. Add the cream and bring to the boil. Add the pasta, the reserved pasta liquid, butter, 1/4 cup of the cheese and the basil and toss to blend. Serve in 4 heated pasta plates with the remaining cheese on the side.

I don't have a sub for the prosciutto, I was just going to leave it out. and for the parm I thought maybe a little nutritional yeast would work.
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Wereworlgirl, thanks for that cashew recipe. I've heard of cashew cream, I just never thought it would be easy to make!
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Originally Posted by Werewolf Girl View Post

Cashew cream is a really good sub for dairy cream in cooking, I've made delicious alfredo with it before so it would probably work for your recipe:
I forgot about cashew cream! I think it would be perfect for what you need. I always forget about it because my boyfriend hates cashews so I never cook with them.
Parmesan cheese, chickpeas (salt the chickpeas, add paprika, and put them in the oven for 10 minutes), nuts (toasted almonds, walnuts) and mushrooms are all good substitutes for prosciutto. It just depends on what works for the recipe you're making.
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