Basic Cream Sauce

The most versatile of our cream sauces, cashew cream is the result of blending soaked cashews with water. Depending on how much water you add, it can be quite thick (like the texture of ricotta), or thin enough to resemble heavy cream. You can dress it to be sweet or savory. In the following recipe, basic cashew cream meets rich, savory ingredients that turn it into a luscious sauce for any number of your favorite dinners.


Yields16 ServingsPrep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsDifficultyBeginner

Ingredients

 1 cup raw cashews
 4 cups water, divided
 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
 1 tbsp McKay’s Chicken-Style Seasoningor other chicken-like seasoning
 2 tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp garlic powder (optional)
 2 tbsp cornstarch or flour

Instructions

1

Starting with 1 cup of water, place the rest of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth.

2

Add the remaining 1 ½ cups water to the blender, swish it around, and transfer it to a saucepan.

3

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent lumping.

4

As soon as it thickens, remove it from the heat. If a thicker sauce is needed, return it to heat and slowly stir in more cornstarch that has been dissolved in cold water, letting it come to a gentle boil as it thickens.

TIP: Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size ¼ cup

Servings 16


Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 233mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 4g2%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g2%
Sugars 0.8g
Protein 1.3g3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 1 cup raw cashews
 4 cups water, divided
 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
 1 tbsp McKay’s Chicken-Style Seasoningor other chicken-like seasoning
 2 tsp onion powder
 ½ tsp garlic powder (optional)
 2 tbsp cornstarch or flour

Directions

1

Starting with 1 cup of water, place the rest of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth.

2

Add the remaining 1 ½ cups water to the blender, swish it around, and transfer it to a saucepan.

3

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent lumping.

4

As soon as it thickens, remove it from the heat. If a thicker sauce is needed, return it to heat and slowly stir in more cornstarch that has been dissolved in cold water, letting it come to a gentle boil as it thickens.

TIP: Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for some heat

Basic Cream Sauce
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