Creamy Pasta Sauce in a Jar. White sauce, Spicy Sriracha, Chipotle, Ranch, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and more. Vegan Glutenfree recipe

Creamy Pasta Sauce in a Jar. White sauce, Spicy Sriracha, Chipotle, Ranch, Mac 'n' Cheese | Vegan Richa


Some ideas come out of the adventurous trials and some out of need. These sauces in a jar were made during the months I was not able to stand in the kitchen for longer than 5 minutes. The jars helped me for sure and also hubbs cook up a quick meal without much thought or time going into the process. 
The sauces are based on my hubbs fave White garlic jalapeno sauce and Quinoa shells. Super easy. And in a jar beats instructions like, find the cashews, blend them, add some flour and mustard and nutritional yeast and some other things:)
Pack a jar with 1.5 cups of uncooked elbows(macaroni) or other pasta for your own mac and cheese bag, and send it to a friend or make a bunch of a bake sale. Or whip up a weeknight dinner in 15 minutes:). Or add veggies or cooked grains instead of pasta. 
Make a small batch with the basic white sauce mix and adjust the salt, herbs and seasoning, if needed to taste. Use the adjustments to make a larger batch or to make other dry mix variations.
Creamy Pasta Sauce in a Jar!
Mac and cheese sauce

White/alfredo Sauce.

Start with pasta. Boil water and add pasta. In another pan, saute veggies if using any in 1-2 teaspoons oil. Take a sauce jar out, add coconut milk. Mix and add to pan. Add cooked pasta. Mix and cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Done.

It cannot get any easier:)
I made a couple of combinations of sauces with different nuts, spices, herbs. Here are a few for you to try out. Ranch, Spicy Sriracha, Mac and cheese, Chipotle and more. 
Let me know your favorite combination:) If the spices and nutritional yeast used are fresh, the jars stored ina  cool and dry place keep fresh for months. You can also make a larger batch and refrigerate a big jar for freshness. Use 1/3 cup of the mixture with 1-1.5 cups of non dairy milk to serve 2.

More Pasta recipes here. 

Mac and cheese sauce and ranch sauce mix. You can grind everything or just mix and keep.

Give me a bowlful of some creamy pasta.
Quinoa shells in garlic Jalapeno sauce.

Tag them jars, write instructions and store, or gift to a friend or a bake sale:)

Vegan Pasta Sauces in a Jar. White sauce, Spicy Sriracha, Chipotle, Ranch, Mac and Cheese

Pasta Sauces in a Jar
Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy. Can be made gluten-free, nut-free, refined oil-free.
Enough sauce for 3 cups cooked pasta. or 2 cups pasta and a cup of veggies.

White Sauce in a jar
Jar Ingredients:
1/4 cup ground raw Cashew
2 Tablespoons Flour(I used wheat, use any neutral flour or cashew flour)
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (or omit if you want to add it later to taste)
a generous pinch of black pepper
Blend the dry mix with 1 cup coconut milk or non dairy milk in a blender, and optionally a Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil. 
Saute veggies and greens in a pan. 
Add blended sauce to pan on low-medium heat. Add cooked pasta and mix well.
Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes to bring the sauce to a boil.
Mix again, adjust salt, top with fresh herbs if using, switch off heat and let sit for another 3-4 minutes before serving.
The method to use the blended sauce with pasta is same for all dry mixes unless specified differently under method.

Mac and cheese in a jar
Jar Ingredients:
White sauce ingredients
1/2 teaspoon tomato powder
Blend the dry mix with 1 cup coconut milk or non dairy milk, a Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of soy sauce/coconut aminos and a teaspoon apple cider vinegar. (or use a tsp chickpea miso instead of soy sauce+vinegar). 
Blend in half a tomato if you didnt add tomato powder in the dry. 
Saute or blanch broccoli and other veggies. Add to pan with sauce, add cooked elbows pasta. Cook covered on low for 3-4 minutes. Mix, top with bread crumbs and let sit for another 4 minutes before serving.

Chipotle Cheese sauce in a jar
Jar Ingredients:
White Sauce ingredients
3/4 teaspoon Chipotle pepper flakes or 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
Blend the dry mix with 1 cup coconut milk or non dairy milk, a Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil, half a tomato, 2 Tablespoon chopped red bell pepper and use.

Ranch sauce in a jar
White sauce ingredients
1 teaspoon ranch seasoning(Mix equal quantities of dry/powdered Garlic, Onion, Dill, Parsley, Chives) 
Blend the dry mix with 1 cup coconut milk or non dairy milk, a Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and use.

Spicy Sriracha sesame cream sauce in a jar. My current favorite
1/4 cup ground raw Cashew(more for thicker sauce)
1 Tablespoon white sesame seeds, grind with the cashews
2 Tablespoons Flour, or omit
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon smoked Paprika or to taste
Blend the dry ingredients with 2+ teaspoons Sriracha sauce and a cup coconut milk in a blender and use.
Sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon Za’atar on the cooked sauce for another amazing variation.

Doritos Spice Sauce – adapted from Penne and broccoli with Doritos cream sauce.
White sauce ingredients
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon Paprika(to taste/color)
1/8 teaspoon black salt/Kala namak
Blend dry ingredients, a cup of coconut milk, a garlic clove and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and use. 

Garlic Jalapeno sauce in a jar.
Blend White sauce ingredients with coconut milk, 2 cloves of garlic, half a jalapeno, a teaspoon of lemon juice. 

Nacho Cheese sauce in a jar. adapted from Nacho Mac n cheese Casserole
White Sauce ingredients
1/2 teaspoon onion flakes

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper flakes
Blend all dry ingredients with 1/2 a tomato, 2 Tablespoons roasted red bell pepper, a clove of garlic, 1/2 a pickled Jalapeno and a cup of non dairy milk and use. 

No Cashew based white sauce in a  jar:
Grind 1/4 cup almonds, 2 Tablespoons walnuts, 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds and 1/4 cup flour/oats into as fine as possible. Use 1/4-1/3 cup of this mixture in a jar.
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nut free White sauce in a jar:
1/4 cup flour(wheat, spelt, all purpose or gluten-free)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Blend sauce ingredients with a cup of coconut milk. Add to pan and bring to a boil. Simmer sauce for a minute before adding cooked pasta. Simmer with pasta for 3-4 minutes. Mix, add herbs, let pasta sit for another 2-3 minutes before serving.

To grind cashews or other nuts and reduce the possibility of them becoming nut butter, add some flour or oats  in the blender with the nuts.
Top the pasta with non dairy cheese shreds or bread crumbs mixed with herbs, salt and olive oil. 
Skip evoo for oil-free.
For variations, Use fresh basil, thyme, parsley, or other spice blends like garam masala, cajun, berbere, jerk seasoning.
Use 1/2 cup more coconut milk or 1/2 cup water for thinner sauce.
Add blackened Tempeh, seitan or other meat subs along with the veggies.

Sriracha Sesame sauce anyone.. Of course, you can mix some Sriracha in Mac and cheese too.


Large Vegetable shells in chunky white sauce.

This meal in a jar is being shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. Allergy Free Wednesdays, Rickis wellness weekend, Shine supper club.

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  1. Anonymous says

    These are amazing! I’m always looking for quick dinners.

    I was just wondering, how long do the jarred powdered sauces last for before they go bad?

    • says

      They dont go bad per say. The nutrional yeast or the nuts might start smelling stale. If you use fresh ingredients, they store very well in a cool and dry place for months. you can also refrigerate it if the temperature outside is too warm.

    • says

      I’m confused about the cashew. Whenever I blend cashews without liquid, it either gets creamy all on its own or it stays in big chunks and doesn’t break down further. How do you get it to be a dry powder? Do you have a crazy powerful blender?

    • says

      i do have a blendtec, but i also use my magic bullet to powder them. it does a decent job with a few chunks of cashews that i remove. For a better result with the magic bullet or blending larger quantity in blendtec, i usually add atleast a quarter amount flour or oats. The flour absorbs some of the oil released during blending and helps get a fine powder with some creamy clumps but no nut butter.

    • says

      in the top shot of the mix, you can see some cashew flour clumps. they r not pieces but clumped up ground cashew. If i blended that longer, it would keep getting creamier and would be more of a nut butter.

    • says

      If you have a coffee grinder, try that (you can get them for around $20). I use a coffee/spice grinder to grind my cashews to a fine powder — it works great!

    • says

      Mine too:) i currently have the almond walnut mix in a big jar to whip up a pasta with any veggies and greens that i have on hand :)

  2. says

    this such a creative idea richa. i have made a vegan white sauce before with almond milk and i can vouch for the taste and flavors. with so many versions of white sauces, its really easy to whip up a quick meal. pinned.

    • says

      yup.. the vegan mac and cheese dry mix has some ingredients i dont know anything about too. These are super easy and work out equally well!

    • says

      I have a bunch, more than a bunch of these from Hot Cakes in Seattle. They have a vegan take and bake molten lava cake in a jar:) i pick a bunch up whenever they go on sale!

  3. says

    this is just adorableeeeee and very practical given the amount of pasta i eat. Now heading to check out the recipes. thank you so much

  4. says

    Thanks for the great ideas! Being gluten and dairy free (and the garlic/onions in marinara sauces not agreeing with my stomach) I had just about given up on having anything but olive oil and seasonings on my pasta. I knew there had to be some other choices. These look interesting. I’m also thinking about working some sort of sauce with pureed veggies of some sort…..

  5. says

    This is such a great idea for quick & easy meal preparation! The ease of boxed mac & cheese but vegan and so much healthier! Thanks so much for posting. I’m definitely going to try this! Do you think it’s possible to make it without blending? When I’m feeling really lazy (the nights I’d probably want to use this mix!) I also don’t feel like doing many dishes and I don’t have a dishwasher. So I’d prefer not to dirty my blender as well as my pots and pans. Do you think it’s possible to mix it by hand if the powder is very finely ground (I’d probably use my coffee/spice grinder) directly in the pot used for cooking it?

    • says

      Thanks Caitlin!yes you can mix it by hand. the blending just helps mix all the ingredient well esp if not as well ground. they will blend well anyway when they come to a boil and the sauce is mixed around with the pasta.

  6. says

    This is so smart! It would be perfect as gifts or to have on hand for when I’m lazy. I bet they’re great mixed with things other than pasta too- veggies, grains, beans… there are so many options!

  7. barb says

    I love the idea of these. I follow the Esselstyn diet and am not allowed nuts in my diet. Any suggestions for a substitute? thanks.

    • says

      ground seeds like pumpkin or unbleached white flour should work. you will have to try make the basic sauce and adjust the measruments according to preference of thickness etc.

  8. Pongodhall says

    You are one of the treasures I love as I learn so much and you give us all beautiful, useful things to choose from. You are so imaginative and thank,you for sharing.

  9. Cheri-Ann says

    My husband and I tried the basic white sauce with a little hot sauce added and it was amazing!! We are just in love with it and can’t wait to try the different varieties!! Thanks for this!!


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