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Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • Author: Natasha Nadel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes to soak cashews
  • Total Time: 5 minutes plus 30 minutes to soak cashews
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Imagine being able to pour delicious whole food plant-based vegan cheese sauce on your broccoli, baked potato or nachos any time. This recipe makes either a plain cheese sauce or nacho cheese sauce.



1 whole roasted red pepper

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

3/4 cup cooked cauliflower

1/2 cup cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes

1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, such as almond milk

Optional seasoning for Nacho Flavor: 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 


Drain the pepper and the cashews. 

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.



Use ancho or chipotle chili powder for a spicier nacho cheese sauce. 

Keywords: vegan cheese sauce, whole foods plant-based, wfpb