A white bowl of pasta with cream sauce and ribbons of basil with a gold fork in the bowl.

Nut-Free Vegan Lemon Cream Sauce

An easy and delicious dairy-free and nut-free lemon cream sauce that pairs well with pasta, rice, or a portobello mushroom steak.
Course sauce
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword cream sauce, dairy-free, lemon cream sauce, nut-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 136 kcal
Author Linda Meyer


  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour see note
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • Juice from half of a large lemon
  • 1 cup plant-based milk not coconut milk
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan cheese we use Violife
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked salt or a dash of liquid smoke and ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes see note
  • ¼ cup finely chopped basil


  1. Make the Roux
  2. In a large sauce pan, melt the 4 tbsp of butter on medium-high heat until it begins to bubble.
  3. Vigorously whisk in the 3 tbsp of flour. It will form clumps. Keep whisking until it turns golden brown.
  4. Make the Cream Sauce
  5. Whisk in the ½ cup of white wine. Whisk until the large lumps begin to break down.
  6. Add the juice from half of the lemon and slowly pour in the 1 cup of plant milk and keep whisking until the sauce is smooth and velvety.
  7. Stir in the ½ cup of grated vegan parmesan until it’s combined and bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  8. Add the 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of dried parsley, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked salt (or 1/8 tsp of liquid smoke and ½ tsp sea salt), and ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes (optional), and stir until fully combined.
  9. Stir in the basil until fully combined and serve.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Nut-Free Vegan Lemon Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (3 tbsp)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 371mg16%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.