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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!