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Dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce

Made with only five ingredients, this dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce is lusciously thick and creamy and pairs beautifully with everything from pasta to salmon.

I’ve partnered with Sprouts on this recipe for Dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce. All opinions herein are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog spinning.

Plant-Based Creamy Garlic Sage Sauce in a bowl with cashews, lemons, sage around it.

To me, this sage cream sauce is spoon-licking scrumptious!

It is a dairy-free vegan cashew cream sauce that is so rich and creamy.
Not a vegan, well, neither am I.
I still find this dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce to be addictingly delicious.

Ingredients to make Vegan Creamy Garlic Sage Sauce

What are the ingredients to make this Dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce?

Not only do is it delicious, but you can easily make it with the following five ingredients:

  1. Cashews
  2. Lemon
  3. Sage
  4. Garlic
  5. Almond Milk

(in addition to a little bit of olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper for taste)

How to make this Dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce?

Did I mention this sauce is so easy to make?

First off, I opted to quick-soak the cashews (like I did when making this No-bake Strawberry Cake).
I did this by adding the cashews to a large pan and adding enough water to it to cover up the cashews.
I then cut the lemon in half and added the juice of half of the lemon to the water.
I then placed a lid on the pan and place it on the stove. I set the stove to high heat and let the pan simmer way for 20 minutes.

Now, if you have more time, you can also opt to soak the cashews overnight. Then, the next day, simply drain them and place them in the blender along with the other ingredients.

While cashews are simmer-soaking, I peeled and chopped the garlic. I also chopped up the sage leaves well.

When the 20 minutes were up, I drained the cashews and discarded the lemon water they had been cooking in and added the soaked cashews to a blender.

I then returned the same pan to the stove top and added in the olive oil and chopped garlic.

roasting garlic and lemon zest

I set the stove to medium heat and let the garlic sauté until it was golden (not brown), stirring often so it didn’t burn – this usually takes about 2 to 3 minutes, but it can vary.

After that, I turned the stove off and spooned the sautéed garlic and olive oil into the blender as well.

I then added in the almond milk, placed the lid on the blender (something I’ve learned by trial-and-error to do), and blended until the sauce was thick and creamy. The better your blender, the creamier this will be. I clearly need to go blender shopping as I’ve managed to work my way through yet another blender!

After blending the ingredients to a creamy consistency, I seasoned with salt and pepper. I try not to share how much salt and pepper to use (unless it’s a baked recipe) as everyone has their own preferences to salt and pepper usage.

At this point, if the sauce is too thick for you, then you can thin it further by adding in another ¼ cup of almond milk. However, if you would like to thicken this up a tad bit more, like I did, you can return this sauce to the saucepan the garlic was sauteed in and let it simmer over a low heat setting for a minute or two, or until it is as thick as you would like it. Do keep in mind that this sauce does thicken up ever so slightly as it cools.

I then added in the chopped sage leaves and this dairy-free sauce was ready to enjoy!

Pan with thickened Plant Based Creamy Sage Sauce.

What to serve this sauce with?

This sauce is a very versatile sauce. My daughter and I love pairing it with pan-roasted or air-fried salmon or chicken. But this time we thoroughly enjoyed it with frozen Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti which we picked up from Sprouts!

Did y’all know that March is National Frozen Foods Month?
Well, we started off the month of March paying homage to frozen foods.

Frozen food month at Sprouts

So, to be honest, our frozen foods consumption has not been because March is National Frozen Foods Month. But because currently, we are in the process of updating our kitchen. After we finished updating the second bathroom with a new tub, faucets, tile, paint, etc, we decided to move onto the kitchen in this fixer-upper home.

We painted the cabinets, added new cabinet hinges and pulls, and painted the countertops (I’ve been sharing videos & photos on my Insta stories).

All this kitchen DIY-ing sure makes cooking hard.

So, to make it easier, I’ve been stocking up on a bunch of frozen veggies, frozen pizza, and pasta from our local Sprouts to add to our meal options during this time.

Sprouts Butternut Squash Panzotti in two plates with sage cream sauce in a bowl next to them.

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know I love shopping at Sprouts for a multitude of reasons. And today, I’d love to pay homage to their frozen foods’ options.

From easy-to-use frozen veggies and fruits to meats and fish to meal options, Sprouts always has new and unique items to meet my dietary preferences, and tons of staple items to keep on hand for quick and easy meals.

On my latest trip to Sprouts, I stumbled on their Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti. As I had some leftover Dairy-free Sage Cream sauce hanging out in my fridge, I thought I would bring home a package of it to pair with my sage cream sauce.

Sprouts Butternut Squash Panzotti With Vegan Creamy Garlic Sage Sauce

I prepared the Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti according to package directions. I then topped it with a bit of the reheated Sage Cream sauce and a smattering of chopped fresh sage for a deliciously comforting and hearty meal. One that kept us pleasantly satisfied during an almost all-nighter of adding layers of top-coat to the counters.

Sprouts Butternut Squash Panzotti With Vegan Creamy Garlic Sage Sauce

Dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce

Yield: 8 servings approx.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Made with only five ingredients, this dairy-free Sage Cream Sauce is lusciously thick and creamy and pairs beautifully with everything from pasta to salmon.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • Water (to quick-soak the cashews in)
  • Zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ cup almond/coconut milk at room temperature or warmed for about a minute in a microwave.
  • 5 fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve

  • 1 package Sprouts Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti

Instructions

  1. First off, quick soak the cashews by adding the cashews to a large pan and adding enough water to it to cover up the cashews.
  2. Add the juice of ½ a lemon to the water.
  3. Cover the pan and place over high heat/flame and bring to a boil. Turn flame down just a bit and let simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  4. While cashews are soaking, peel and chop the garlic and chop up the sage leaves.
  5. Then, using another pan, prepare Sprouts Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti according to package directions (making sure to stir panzotti as it boils). Drain and set
    aside when ready.
  6. When the cashews have soaked in simmering water for 20 minutes, drain them and discard the water. Add the cashews to a blender.
  7. Using the same pan that the cashews were simmer-soaked in, add the oil to it and add in the lemon zest and the garlic. Let saute over medium flame/heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring often until garlic and lemon zest are golden brown. Add sauteed garlic and lemon zest to the blender with the cashews.
  8. Add in the almond/coconut milk and blend on high until smooth.
  9. If the sage cream sauce is too thin, add it back to the pan that was used to saute the
    garlic and place the sage cream sauce over medium / low heat/flame. Stir often and remove from the heat when the sauce is the consistency you desire. I took it off the stove after 2 minutes.
  10. Add most of the chopped sage to the sauce, saving some to use as garnish.
  11. Season sauce well with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour sauce over Sprouts Organic Butternut Squash Panzotti, garnish with any leftover
    chopped sage leaves and enjoy.

Notes

*If the sauce is too thick for you, then you can thin it further by adding in another ¼ cup of almond milk. However, if you would like to thicken this up a tad bit more like I did, you can return this sauce to the saucepan the garlic was sauteed in and let it simmer over a low heat setting for a minute or two, or until it is as thick as you would like it. Do keep in mind that this sauce does thicken up ever so slightly as it cools.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 3g

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Whitney

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Oh, this one was meant for me! I absolutely love the flavor of sage but rarely use it in a recipe. I can't wait to use this sauce for so many recipes! Thanks for sharing.

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Love how easy this recipe is. Can’t wait to try it this weekend.

Kathryn

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

This sounds so delicious and would love to try this with steamed artichokes! Love how this recipe is dairy-free, thank you for this awesome recipe.

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