Creamy White Wine Cream Sauce with Rigatoni

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian


Easy, rich, creamy, but entirely dairy free, this is a white wine cream sauce you don’t want to miss! Plus, it only takes about 20 minutes to make and is loved by all types of eaters.



  • 16 ounces pasta of choice
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 11 1/2 cup vegetable broth 
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine 
  • 4 tbsp olive oil or dairy free butter, divided 
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/3 cup vegan cashew parmesan 
  • 1/21 tsp sea salt (or to taste) 
  • 1/4 tsp black or white pepper


  1. Add the cashews into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for about 30 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. 
  3. Mince the garlic and add to a pan with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. 
  4. Saute until golden brown and nice and fragrant. 
  5. Pour in the white wine and cook for 3-5 minutes so the flavors blend and the alcohol cooks off. You don’t want all of the liquid to evaporate, but it should not have a strong alcohol smell. 
  6. Add the mixture to a food processor with the drained and rinsed cashews, vegan parmesan, the remaining olive oil, and all of the other ingredients. Start with 1 cup of the broth and add more as needed to thin out the sauce.
  7. Process until completely smooth, about 30 seconds-1 minute. 
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. 
  9. Pour over cooked pasta with any veggies of choice if desired and mix until the pasta is well coated. 
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy! 


I used pinot grigio for this recipe, but any dry white wine will work just fine. 

The vegetable broth can be subbed for chicken broth or any unflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk. 

This pasta is best served fresh, but it will keep in the fridge for 5 days. I recommend heating it up on the stove with a splash of milk or broth so the sauce gets nice and saucey again since it can dry out a bit in the fridge.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 456
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 31.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Protein: 11.6g

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