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Coconut Milk Pasta

What could be more comforting than sucking on slippery pasta topped with Alfredo cream? This one is vegan and coconut-based for dairy resistants. The amount below is for one serving of pasta, but feel free to double the sauce whenever you want to cook simply.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: Alfredo sauce, coconut milk, fettuccine, pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 661kcal
Author: Naïby


  • Shallow pan. 
  • Large saucepan. 
  • Strainer. 
  • Tongs.


  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 14-oz can whole coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons tapioca flour
  • cup vegan parmesan cheese (notes)
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Whole nutmeg or ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Melt the butter in the pan over medium heat. Add ⅔ of the can of coconut milk and the tapioca flour, whisking quickly until the liquid thickens. Cook for one minute, Turn off the heat.
  • Cook pasta in salted water until very firm and even slightly undercooked, a degree or so firmer than al dente. Fresh fettuccine will only take seconds to cook. Drain the pasta.
  • Transfer the drained pasta to the skillet containing the butter and coconut milk, raising the heat to low and toss the pasta well, lifting it up, turning it from the bottom, coating all the strips with the coconut milk sauce and butter.
  • Add the remaining ⅓ cup coconut milk, vegan Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt, a little ground pepper, and a dusting — less than ⅛ teaspoon — of nutmeg. Stir again briefly until the fettuccine is well coated with cream. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately from the pan, with additional vegan Parmesan cheese on the side.
  • Placed in an airtight container, this Alfredo sauce made with coconut milk will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • Parmesan cheese: add 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast with 4 teaspoons of tapioca starch instead.
  • Aromatics. Optionally add parsley, basil, or thyme.


  • Chickpea Coconut Pasta : Add 1 cup of cooked chickpeas.
  • Mixed Vegetables Coconut Pasta: Add 1 ½ lb. asparagus or 2 cups broccoli, peas, eggplant, or red or yellow peppers.
  • Mushroom Coconut Pasta: Add ¾ lb. fresh white or crimini mushrooms.
  • Tomato Coconut Pasta: Add ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes, or 4 cups fresh tomatoes and 2 tablespoons tomato paste.
  • Coconut Pasta with Sausages: Add ½ lb. vegan sausages with 1 ½teaspoon chopped onions.


Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg
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