Easy 6 Ingredient Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe

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Easy 6 Ingredient Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe

This garlic cream sauce recipe is made with cashews instead of heavy cream making it a dairy-free cream sauce recipe. It is the perfect white sauce for homemade pizza and is so easy to make. 

You can see this delicious sauce on our dill pickle pizza which is part of our artisan pizza recipes.

easy cream sauce with cashews and garlic recipe

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Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce Ingredients 

You only need 6 simple ingredients to make this creamy garlic sauce. 

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • up to 1/4 cup water as needed

You will also need a food processor. This is the one we have and love here: food processor

ingredients to make creamy garlic cashew sauce

How to Make a Delicious White Sauce Recipe

Softening Cashews

Cashews are a healthy fat and somewhat soft nut. But we need to soften them up a bit more to make this simple sauce. Make sure that you are using unsalted, unroasted, raw whole cashews. You can find them online here: Cashews. To soften the cashews place them in a bowl. 

cashews in a bowl

Then heat water in a tea kettle or saucepan on the stove. Pour the hot water over the raw cashews and let sit for about 15 minutes. 

soften cashews with hot water

After 15 minutes drain the cashews using a wire mesh strainer. 

strain cashews with wire mesh strainer

Blend in a Food Processor

Add the softened cashews to the food processor. Then add lemon juice. 

cream sauce with lemon juice

Add the garlic cloves. According to garlic lovers, you can never have too much garlic. Feel free to add more if you’d like. If you prefer roasted garlic, you are welcome to roast it first. We are using fresh garlic. 

garlic cashew cream sauce

Next, add the olive oil.

olive oil in garlic cream sauce with cashews

Finally, add the salt and blend. We love that this creamy sauce recipe requires no cooking process. The whole process is easily done in a food processor. 

blend until smooth in food processor

While the homemade sauce is blending slowly add the water to the food processor and continue until you achieve a smooth consistency. 

water in food processor to thin sauce

Homemade Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce for Pizza

Use a spatula to spoon all of the delicious sauce out of the food processor.  

dairy free garlic cream sauce

This versatile sauce is the perfect sauce for a garlic white pizza or even pickle pizza. It also makes a fantastic creamy pasta sauce when you are looking to switch up your pasta dishes. 

cashew garlic cream sauce recipe

The garlic, lemon, and a little oil give this luscious sauce so much flavor. The whole family will love it. Next time, you are looking for an easy recipe to make break out the food processor and make this creamy cashew garlic sauce recipe to go with your pizza, pasta, or even grilled chicken. The possibilities are endless. 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. 

cashew garlic cream sauce recipe

*This creamy garlic sauce is dairy-free and gluten-free. 

Easy 6 Ingredient Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe

Easy 6 Ingredient Cashew Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Easy cashew garlic cream sauce recipe for pizza and pasta. Made with simple ingredients and dairy free. Creamy garlic sauce.


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • up to 1/4 cup water as needed


  1. Place cashews in a bowl with hot water for 15 minutes to soften.
  2. Then place all igredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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