Skinny Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

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Creamy, flavorful, and undetectably lower in calories: this skinny vegan fettuccine Alfredo makes all your dinner dreams come true! Made in just 30 minutes, it’s both beginner and family-friendly.

Rest assured, you can still indulge in cozy comfort food when going vegan! This delicious vegan fettuccine Alfredo requires simple staple foods and is much healthier than the original.

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Instead of heaps of butter and cheese, our creamy Alfredo sauce is based on cauliflower (no, you won’t be able to taste it!) and a handful of pantry spices. This means you can eat more of it for the same amount of calories!

Perfect for when you get those hardcore pasta cravings but want to stick to healthier options. 

Check out our vegan mac and cheese, high-protein pesto pasta, and vegan white sauce pasta for more goodness!

Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo in a bowl with a fork

Recipe features 

  • Indulgent, low-calorie meal
  • Packed with veggies
  • Customizable
  • Budget-friendly & approachable
  • Undetectably dairy-free
  • Works for meal prep

While this skinny vegan fettuccine Alfredo doesn’t taste like the original version, it’s still really satisfying and nutritious!

fettuccine, zucchini, cauliflower, onion, chickpeas, and spices

Ingredients needed

  • Fettuccine — linguine, spaghetti, or penne work as well! We chose whole grain for the photos.
  • Zucchini — make this dish extra skinny and lower in calories by mixing your pasta with spiralized zucchini!
  • Alfredo sauce — just follow our simple 15-minute recipe for cauliflower Alfredo sauce while the pasta is cooking.
  • Toppings — fresh herbs, tangy lemon juice, and vegan parmesan cheese are our favorites! 

 Equipment needed: a spiralizer, two pots, a blender, and measuring equipment. Let’s go!

making zoodles with a spiralizer
blender jar with cauliflower, chickpeas, garlic, hemp seeds, and more ingredients

How to make vegan fettuccine Alfredo

Cook pasta

Using a medium-sized pot, cook your fettuccine according to the package directions. 

Spiralize zucchini

If you want to add spiralized zucchini to your pasta dish, create little “zoodles” and add them to the pasta water for the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Stir so that everything is covered with water. Once the pasta is al-dente, drain the pasta and zoodles.

zoodles being added to a pot with waster and pasta

Make Alfredo sauce

Follow our easy 15-minute recipe: steam cauliflower, onion, and garlic in vegetable broth. Once soft, add them alongside a handful of other ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Adjust to taste preferences.

Tip

If your sauce is too thick, mix it with some cooking water from the pasta!

Combine & serve

Pour the Alfredo sauce over your cooked pasta in the pot and stir gently until everything is coated.

Divide your dish between serving bowls and top with fresh herbs, lemon, and vegan parmesan!

whole wheat pasta and zoodles being topped with Alfredo sauce

Storage & serving suggestions

This fettuccine Alfredo is best served immediately on its own, with freshly baked bread, or alongside a green salad with a vegan dressing.

Check out our favorite sides here!

Any leftovers are best stored separately in airtight containers in the fridge. The pasta and sauce should keep well for 5 days. You can freeze any extra Alfredo sauce for up to 3 months and reheat it at your convenience!

homemade Fettuccine Alfredo on wooden tongs

FAQs & tips

I don’t have a spiralizer

Use a mandolin or sharp knife to create thin zucchini strips instead of making zoodles. Find out more in our spiralized veggies guide!

There’s always the option to skip the added vegetables and only use cooked pasta for your vegan Alfredo.

Dietary adjustments

  • Lower carb: use more zucchini noodles instead of wheat-based pasta.
  • Gluten-free: use gluten-free pasta for this recipe.
  • Higher protein: choose legume-based pasta and add tofu to your Alfredo sauce!
  • Higher fat: sauté the veggies for your sauce in olive oil or add 1-2 tbsp almond butter to the ingredients before blending them.
Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo with zoodles in a bowl

Make it kid-approved

If you assume that your kid (or any other family member) wouldn’t like this dish as written in the recipe, skip the added zucchini noodles and choose their favorite pasta instead. Then add a good handful of vegan cheese shreds to the sauce!

Although this will increase the caloric content of the dish, it will be more palatable for picky eaters!

Ingredient swaps

Add a handful of fresh spinach to your cooked pasta instead of spiralizing zucchini if you want! 

Other veggies you can add to this dish are steamed broccoli, green beans, peas, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, or bell peppers.

Make the sauce a bit richer and soy-free by preparing it with coconut milk instead of soy milk.

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Skinny Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Creamy, flavorful, and undetectably lower in calories: this skinny vegan fettuccine Alfredo makes all your dinner dreams come true! Made in just 30 minutes, it’s both beginner and family-friendly.
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dry whole grain fettuccine pasta 225 g
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 recipe Alfredo sauce
  • Parsley chopped (to garnish)
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  • Vegan parmesan optional

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions and spiralize zucchini. If you don’t own a spiralizer, cut it into thin strips.
  • Add the zucchini “noodles” into the pasta water for the last 2 minutes of cooking and stir to cover everything with water. Once done, drain and set aside.
  • Follow the recipe to make cauliflower alfredo sauce. Adjust to taste preferences.
  • Combine the cooked pasta with the cauliflower sauce in the pot you used for the pasta, stirring gently until everything is coated.
  • Divide between serving bowls and garnish with parsley, lemon juice, and vegan parmesan if wanted. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Feel free to only use only pasta for this recipe if you don’t want to spiralize zucchini. You can also use more zucchini and less pasta instead!
  • Replace the hemp seeds with almonds or almond butter if wanted. For a super low-fat version, omit the added fats completely.
  • Swap soy milk for almond or oat milk if wanted.
  • Find more tips & suggestions in the article above!
Course: Pasta + Noodles
Cuisine: Italian
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
Amount per Serving
Calories
461
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Sodium
 
222
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
79
g
26
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

2 Comments

  1. This is the only fettuccine alfredo recipe I’ve found that actually works! I made this yesterday for dinner (double-portion of fettuccine and sauce), and it was phenomenal! I’m not kidding–I will never make any other FA recipe than this. I used a small amount of cashews in the sauce for creaminess. But the sauce recipe is incredibly good! I have attempted a good number of other vegan FA recipes and discarded them all. This one is a KEEPER!
    Thank you, Alena!

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