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This Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe is easy to make and tastes good on just about everything! It's made with vegetables and cashews for an oil-free, dairy-free cheese sauce. You'll love it with pasta or vegetables, on nachos, and taco bowls, or used as a dip with chips or veggies.

Vegan Cheese Sauce


  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3½ cups 1x

Description

This Vegan Cheese Sauce recipe is easy to make and tastes good on just about everything! It’s made with vegetables and cashews for an oil-free, dairy-free cheese sauce. You’ll love it with pasta or vegetables, on nachos, and taco bowls, or used as a dip with chips or veggies.


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Ingredients

For the cheese sauce

1 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup cauliflower floretsdiced
1 small Yukon gold potato, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 to 3 cloves garlic
⅓ cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
⅛ teaspoon turmeric

More spices to add for a Mexican flavor (for nachos, tacos, etc.)

1½ teaspoons cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


Instructions

  1. Steam the onion, cauliflower, potato, carrots, and garlic until all the vegetables are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly and transfer vegetables to a high-powered blender.
  3. Add ½ cup water, soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and spices.
  4. Blend for 2 to 4 minutes or until completely smooth and silky. Add more water if needed to help it blend smoothly and get it to a thickness you’d like. Add more salt and spices to taste.
  5. Serve with chips, mix with pasta, use for nachos, or anything else you like using cheese sauce for!