Basic Vegan Cheese Sauce

Basic Vegan Cheese Sauce

There are countless ways to make a vegan cheese sauce. You can use vegetables, nuts, or commercially available vegan cheese shreds to create a creamy and delicious sauce. I love experimenting with different base ingredients; in fact, roasted butternut squash is still one of my favorite base ingredients for a cheese sauce, but has been my go-to recipe for a quick weeknight sauce. 

The best part of the recipe is that the blender does most of the work, and it only requires a few ingredients – soaked cashews, veggie stock and water, onion, garlic, nutritional yeast, mustard, lemon juice salt & pepper, and tapioca flour.  

Plus it can be changed up to create different flavors! Try adding a little bit of taco seasoning and salsa to create a nacho cheese dip or even to top your nachos. 


These are base ingredients to be added to a blender. Once blended, it is as simple as adding it to a saucepan, whisking in the tapioca flour, and letting it heat and thicken. 


I then poured it over cooked gluten-free pasta, and added steamed broccoli for mac n trees! ​


Basic Vegan Cheese Sauce

Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holidays, Nuts
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup soaked cashews soaked for four hours and then drained
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable stock & 1 cup of water mixed
  • 1/4 cup heaping nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Small Squirt of yellow mustard (this is for a little extra flavor and acid, does not take much)- you can also sub dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice (the juice from 1/2 of a lemon)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp teaspoonstapioca flour/starch

    teaspoons tapioca flour/starch


  • Place all of the ingredients except the tapioca flour into a blender. Blend until smooth. Depending on your blender, it may take up to 5 minutes to break down the cashews.
  • Once smooth, add the sauce to a saucepan with the tapioca flour. Whisk the tapioca flour into the sauce.
  • Heat the sauce on medium until the tapioca flour activates and thickens the sauce. You may need to add additional water or vegetable stock if it becomes too thick.
  • Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, pour it over your favorite pasta and enjoy!


Serving ideas - Add a little bit of taco seasoning and then use as a cheese dip, or to top tacos or nachos. Add steamed broccoli to macaroni noodles to make Mac N Trees!

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