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Vegan Cheese Sauce

My favorite cheese sauce recipe I've been making for years! It's great for mac & cheese, Mexican food, and so much more. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 10 Servings


  • 1.5 cups yellow potato diced into small chunks
  • 1.5 cups carrots diced into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup onion , roughly chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup liquid from cooking the vegetables
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic and boil until potatoes are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Reserve the liquid from boiling!
  • In the meantime you can add the rest of the ingredients to a blender. 
  • When the veggies are fork tender, transfer 1 cup of water from the pot to the blender, drain the rest of the water, and add all of the veggies. 
  • Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container. To re-heat leftovers, add the desired amount to a small pot with just a little bit of water. Whisk and heat gently.