Hurry Up Alfredo – VYY Cookbook!

Hurry Up Alfredo with Basil

Alright, are you ready for the first recipe preview from the VYY cookbook?

This is one of my favorite recipes in the book. I make it almost once a week. It’s the perfect creamy pasta sauce when you’re feeling like alfredo. It’s also a great sauce for casseroles, over steamed veggies, on top of lasagna — wherever you want a basic creamy sauce. So not only is it really versatile, but it’s also really quick!

The whole sauce is made in a blender, so the faster you can toss ingredients into a blender, the faster it’s done. This also makes it super easy for additions. Recently I’ve been adding whole roasted red peppers (the kind they sell water-packed in jars).

Hurry Up Alfredo
Makes 2-3 Servings

1 Cup Soymilk
1/3 Cup Raw, Unsalted Cashews
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
3 Tbs Low-Sodium Tamari or Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Earth Balance Margarine
1 Tbs Tahini
1 Tbs Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Paprika (smoked is awesome)
1 Pinch Nutmeg
2-4 Cloves of Garlic, optional
Black pepper, to taste

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This may work best in a high-speed blender (like a Vita-Mix), but you can definitely make it in a regular blender. Just blend extra-long, or perhaps strain if if you want it perfectly smooth. Tiny bits of cashews won’t hurt anyone though!

If you’re making this sauce for pasta, drain the pasta and return it to the hot empty pan. Pour the sauce over, place on medium heat, and stir until heated through. Serve with lots of fresh cracked black pepper. I love it with steamed broccoli added in!

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book on the 16th!

Note to Testers

VYY Book

I’ve finally received my author copies of the book! Therefore I’m ready to mail my awesome testers their free copy! Since testing was done two years ago, I need updated addresses. If you were a tester, please email me at lolo @ with your current address and I’ll get a book to you in the mail! Many thanks for all your hard work!


  1. Allison

    Loloooo please come back! I bought the book a few days before it was released and I’m ready for some new recipes. 3 months is a bit too long…

  2. Joe

    WOW, JUST WOW. I’ve just gone to her flickr page, and she is completely fine posting pics of her dogs. I just don’t get it! Why would you suddenly ignore your blog for 3 months. This blog has made you into a great success, that doesn’t happen often for us bloggers, so I’m stumped!

  3. sarah

    If we knew we were exchanging a fabulous blog with fresh recipes and photos for one cookbook, I don’t think any of us would have bought the cookbook. I would’ve donated to the blog, and I’m sure a lot of people would’ve, if you wanted to make some money off of all of your fans.

    Now I just want to return my copy of the book to make a point. This is just rude to the people who supported you in the first place.

  4. jesse

    these people are rude, don’t listen to them. you have a right to post when and if you want to, regardless of whether you are having issues or not. blogging is a voluntary and very generous thing to do, something is very wrong when the takers (in this case the readers above me) start declaring a right to your posts. take more time off!! take care of yourself! i’ll be here when and if you ever you come back!! thanks for everything you’ve given to all of us. i love your blog! and subsequently respect you as a person!

  5. Ashley

    I can’t believe how insane these people are. Don’t take their comments seriously. They all need to get a life.

    Take good care of yourself and blog when you feel like it. :)

  6. Amy

    I can only speak for myself, but my comment (#203) was based on the particulars of this situation. I certainly don’t feel like I’m owed posts, or anything else, by Lolo, and I definitely didn’t say, and don’t think, that she should neglect her personal life to keep her blog updated. I wish Lolo all the best. Health and happiness are much more important than blogs, books, and business.

  7. Carissa

    Speaking unkind words is never the right way to get what you want. Lolo doesn’t owe her readers anything. Her life is her own and it is none of our business why she didn’t post for so long.

    I’m embarrassed that people would think they are so entitled to read new entries on a blog that they would speak harshly and force Lolo to share personal information about herself that is none of our business.

    I’m sorry, Lolo. I missed your posts, too, but that didn’t make me dislike you or regret buying everyone in my family a copy of your cookbook for Christmas. :)

  8. Robin

    I made this sauce tonight, and it was amazing!! I let it simmer for about 20 minutes, and it thickened up a bit, which I liked. I thought it tasted less like an alfredo sauce, and more of a peanut sauce (or cashew, I guess!). I’ll be making this on a weekly basis. Thanks for posting this :-)

  9. April

    I love this recipe!! It is the best non dairy cheese sauce I’ve tasted! It doesn’t have that salty-yeasty taste that so many other vegan cheese sauces have. Thanks!

  10. Christina

    i have been avoiding your blog for forever because i didn’t like the name. how freaking dumb am i? i have got to get your book.

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  12. Kelly

    Your book is so amazing! I have already tried sweet and sour tofu and I loved it! I am the only vegan in my family they are all big meat eaters so most of the time they are very skeptical about vegan anything but they tried it and they liked it and said they wanted me to make it for everyone next Christmas! : )
    I am so excited to try all of the other recipes!
    Thanks :D

  13. Tracy

    Just made this sauce and it is absolutely delightful! It taste more like mac n’ cheese to me – but regardless, I loved it! Thanks for all of your amazing recipes. Love the book!

  14. Helisa

    I’ve been making “Hurry-Up Alfredo” every week!! LOVE it! YUM-YUM!!! Great Cookbook! Was part of an anniversary gift from my hubby…what a guy!! What a cookbook..THANKS!!

  15. mim

    Got your book made a new recipe every day for a week. I’ve been marking “Hurry -Up Alfredo” every week!!! My best Christmas Gift.. As far as the crabbing, you should care for your health. If you don’t have your Health you have nothing to give.. Thanks!!!

  16. Phaedra

    Love love love the new cookbook! Every recipe is absolutely delicious and the pictures make me want to spend every day revelling in vegan goodness!

    This alfredo recipe is a huge hit with my family (even my little five year old asks for seconds) but I’m wondering if there is a trick to heating it without it over-thickening? I find that once I add it into the pasta/veggies to heat up, it gets a bit more gloopy than the creamy sauce pictured. Is it is just me? Do you add extra liquid?

    Thank you so much for your blog and simple ideas. It’s a wonderful addition to my daily life and I am glad to see you’ve taken a bit of time for yourself, too.

  17. Sandi Hengel

    WOW, this was so good, I did not have Earth Balance so used 1/3 cup of cashew cream as well as raw cashews and roasted asparagus to add, just fantastic. will make again and again, even my omnivore hubby loved it. Thanks

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  20. Lisa

    I have to let you know… I accidentally used smoked paprika instead of regular paprika in your sauce and it turned out fantastic! Just a fun little tweak for the vegan thrillseeker. ;)

  21. kyla

    VEGAN YUM YUM indeeeeeeeeeeed! this knocked my socks off….and my most-carnivoric pal went for seconds before i even finished my first..YAY!!! delishhh :) thank you!

  22. Mitzi

    This is absolutely heavenly! I love the vegan recipes you have to offer, and it certainly makes being vegan and cooking vegan more adventurous and fun! Thank you so much :D

  23. Dennis

    I came across this book, “Vegan Yum Yum” while thumbing through vegan cookbooks at Borders yesterday afternoon. I think most vegan cookbooks are pretty dull, but I was really drawn to this one! Great recipes, delicious photographs, easy to follow recipe plan and I like the “matter of fact” commentary. Every recipe ( no exaggeration) cries out, “try me, try me”". So I bought it , without hesitation, and just tasted my first recipe, “Creamy Broccoli Bake”. Wow! it was delicious. I made a few changes…a bit less oil, and I used quinoa instead of orzo ( didn’t have any on hand). I can’t wait to try many of the other recipes….Thanks Lauren. You did a superb job and welcome back.

  24. Lauren F

    So, I just recently became vegan and this whole website has made my mouth water. I am definately going to go pick up your book this weekend and make something interesting and fun!

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  27. Katie

    I’ve flirted with veganism in the past, but I always went back to my lacto-ovo ways since I just couldn’t find a suitable substitute for my beloved mac n’ cheese. I made this last night. Wow, there are not words. Officially a vegan now. I know this recipe can get me through any cheese craving.

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