Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

My children often refer to it as “nacho cheese,” but this vegan cashew cheese sauce can be so much more!  We have used it to top baked potatoes, chili, and tacos.  It is great as a sandwich spread, and we try to have it on hand when grilling burgers and hot dogs.  We enjoy using it as a dip for fresh vegetables.

Oh, I forgot to mention.  If you mix this cashew cheese sauce into warm pasta (make sure to choose a small, sturdy pasta), it makes a perfect vegan mac and cheese!Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 12 ounce can of cashews
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 medium lemon (juice from)
  • 1 roasted red pepper (jarred)
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Reserving the water, place all other items in a food processor or high speed blender.
  2. Pulse or run on low setting to break down cashews and combine ingredients.
  3. If using a Vitamix with a hot soup setting you may add in water and use your preset.
  4. If using a food processor or high speed blender without a heat setting, you will want to heat your water before adding it in. (This will help activate the cornstarch.) Blend on high until sauce is a creamy consistency.