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Cashew Sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

Five Minute Cashew Sauce

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 2 cups 1x


Cashew Sauce! Just four easy ingredients: cashews, garlic, salt, and water! Perfect base sauce recipe for pasta, dips, or cheesy sauce alternatives. Vegan.


  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place cashews in a bowl. Cover with water and soak for about 2 hours. Drain and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Place soaked cashews in the bowl of a food processor or blender with the water, garlic, and salt. Puree until very, very smooth. Thin out with more water to desired consistency. Store in fridge for 3-4 days or freeze.


Add extra ingredients to change the flavor! chipotle peppers, pesto, chili paste, etc.

DO NOT SOAK CASHEWS OVERNIGHT. The texture gets watery and chunky. It should stay smooth and creamy as pictured. πŸ™‚

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cashew sauce, vegan sauce, cashew recipe