THE SEARCH FOR GOOD ALFREDO SAUCE
Since I reviewed delicious gluten free pasta a couple of weeks ago, I thought it only fitting that I review gluten free, dairy free alfredo sauce! I picked Victoria Vegan and spent the week eating copious amounts of fettuccine (the sacrifices I make!).
Honestly, I was not impressed with the plain alfredo sauce—it’s kind of what I expected from a vegan diary substitute. In my opinion, it missed the mark and left a lot to be desired.
When I think “alfredo,” I think buttery, creamy goodness. This sauce tasted almost fruity. I did like that it was light and mellow but it had a tangy, tart flavor kind of like yogurt that I found off-putting.
I pre-made the fettuccine and took it to work with me for lunch. I only ate about one-third and had to stop because it just didn’t taste good. I didn’t have anything to eat, so I found some gluten free chips to tide me over.
The next day I made several toppings to try with the sauce and noodles. I added seasoned ground beef, sautéed onions, and bacon. I felt the sauce needed quite a bit of savory flavor to compensate for the light, Mediterranean flavor it had. Honestly, it reminded me a little of tzatziki sauce.
I think if the sauce were seasoned better, it would be more palatable. It’s like someone made the sauce, and they were like “well, it’s white…let’s call it alfredo!” But it doesn’t have any inking of alfredo flavor to it.
It tasted better with toppings. I finished my meal, but it was nothing special. I’d give it a solid “meh.”
This alfredo sauce had a much more robust, well-rounded flavor than the plain alfredo. While it was still a little tangy, it wasn’t overwhelming. And it tasted creamier—more like a true alfredo sauce.
It still needed some savory to ground the flavor a bit, but I could have eaten only the sauce on noodles and it would have been good. I initially tried adding kalamata olives to the dish and it was very single-note—not really an improvement.
So I also added seasoned ground beef, sautéed onions, and bacon (because I had them left over) and it was delicious! It tasted like beef stroganoff.
I think the alfredo artichoke sauce would be a good dairy free substitute for cream sauce in dishes and recipes.
ALFREDO ARUGULA PESTO
The alfredo arugula pesto was different! The flavor was quite distinct—the pesto doesn’t tone down the tartness, but brings it out and adds a pesto flavor to it.
Simply adding onions sautéed in ghee made it very satisfying. I also tried it with seasoned ground beef and it made for a very different but pleasant flavor combination.
ALFREDO RED PEPPER
This pasta sauce is yummy! I was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a creamy marinara, and while this sauce is more along the lines of a typical red sauce, the taste is unique and fresh. In fact, in the context of this sauce, the tangy flavor was very welcome.
I also tried it with several toppings which was equally scrumptious, though it shifted the flavor more than I anticipated. This is definitely my favorite sauce of the bunch!
The sauces were tastier than I anticipated. I would recommend any of the pasta sauces except the plain alfredo and I will definitely be buying these again!
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