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Cream Pasta Sauce with non-dairy cream? bad idea?

Hi everyone! I am thinking of making a cream pasta sauce from non-dairy cream. I've never done it before though and am wondering if it will taste good or not.

I live in Japan, and food is a bit expensive here. I've been buying dairy cream which is 47% milk fat but it's getting kind of expensive. It costs about $4USD for 200ml. However I can buy vegetable (植物性)cream for about $1.50 for 200ml.

If the taste isn't too different I'd rather start using the vegetable cream.

Normally, I'd experiment on my own, but cooking dinner with my friend tonight has seemed to turn into a dinner party. I dont want to experiment so many people's dinner. I also though don't want to spend tons of money on cream.

Anyways, any experience anyone?

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  1. Hello! How about making a simple bechamel sauce in place of the cream? Milk, flour and butter aren't too pricey in Tokyo.

    P.S, I looked on the internet to see if there were any Japanese recipes using the vegetable fat cream. It seems you can just use it as you would cream.

    Here is a simple Mentaiko Cream pasta with spinach recipe:

    <材料>(1人前)Serves 1
    パスタ 100g Pasta 100g
    植物性生クリーム 80cc Vegetable fat Creame 80cc
    ベーコン 1枚 Bacon 1 slice
    バター 10g Butter 10g
    明太子 大さじ1と1/2杯 Mentaiko 1 1/2 tablespoon
    ほうれん草 適宜 Spinach (As you like)
    胡椒 少々 Salt/pepper to taste

    <作り方>
    パスタをボイルします
    ほうれん草をさっとボイルして一口大の長さにカットしておきます。

    Boil Pasta, Blanch Spinach, cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.

    フライパンに、ベーコン、バターを入れ軽く炒めます。
    そこに生クリーム、茹でたほうれん草を加え、軽く煮詰めます。
    火を止め、明太子、胡椒を加え混ぜます。

    Add bacon, butter to frying pan and fry lightly.
    add cream, spinach and simmer lightly. Turn off heat, add mentaiko, salt pepper to taste and mix well. Serve with pasta.

    1. Vegetable cream!! What sort of vegetable is it made from?

      Ive made cream pasta sauces I just use lactose free milk or cream. Can you get that for a fair price? Lactose free whip cream has just come on the market here in Canada the last year or so from what I have seen. Its very good. Maybe a little sweeter.

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      1. re: daislander

        This "vegetable cream" in the recipe is actually shortening of some kind made from vegetable fat, likely palm oil. I wouldn't expect it to be particularly delicious.

        1. re: Tripeler

          That sounds like Crisco. I can't imagine using that in place of dairy cream in a cream sauce for pasta!

      2. Not based on vegetable cream (which I am guessing is like Emlea in the UK) but a nut-cream; Last week I made a variation on Isa Chandra Moskowitz's 'Pizza Mac and Cheese' with a cashew based sauce. It was delicious.

        http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/roasted...

        I'm sure the basic sauce (e.g cashews, stock) could be adapted for the flavours you want

        1. I just discovered cashew cream and from my Google search it seems to be a great substitute for heavy cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, etc. You just soak raw cashews in water and blend.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            The problem is nuts in Japan will be much more expensive than getting the dairy cream :/

            1. re: Tokyoite

              Do you have time to make a small test batch before the dinner party?

          2. I use mocha mix here in the states all the time and I don't have a problem. I have used the dairy free sour cream and cream cheese too. Depending on what you are making you might want to adjust seasoning.