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Cheesy Sauce for Quick Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

Cheese sauce for mac and cheese by stephanie weaver the recipe renovator This cashew-based dairy-free recipe makes a delicious Cheesy Sauce for Quick Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese that is quick, easy, and rich-tasting.

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Cheesy Sauce for Quick Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

Makes: About a cup, enough for 4 servings (about 8 oz dry) pasta


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 8 oz dry pasta
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp miso, any type
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2–3/4 cup filtered water or pasta water
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. If you have time, soak the cashews in filtered water for 30 minutes, then rinse.
  2. Cook pasta accordingly. Juice the lemon into the blender.
  3. Place all ingredients in the blender with the smaller amount of water. Ideally, scoop out some of the pasta water from the pot, as it adds a nice thickness to the sauce. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Add additional filtered water if needed to get the thickness desired. Sauce will thicken as it stands.

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  • Reply
    January 27, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Any substitute for miso? I’ve never found one I like and I remember trying a bunch. Thanks much for all the wonderful recipes!!

    • Reply
      Nicole @ VegKitchen
      February 2, 2021 at 12:56 pm

      I’ve used soy sauce as a miso substitute in other recipes. I haven’t tried in this one, but might be worth a shot!

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