(recipe revised 2/15/18)
This sure is cheesy…in a good way, the best way possible. Don’t want to pat myself on the back but (who am I kidding? Of COURSE I want to pat myself on the back…) this vegan cheese sauce is the shite. It’s creamy, it’s dreamy, and will hands down make you screamy for more. And, kids, it is wicked-easy to make and uber-versatile! Just what the cheese-fairy ordered ;).
The key to this recipe’s success is a good blender or food processor. After hemming and hawing for over a year I finally broke down and got me a Vitamix (refurb, yes, but IT IS AWESOME!!) And, honestly guys, if you do any amount of smoothie-making or sauce-creating, it is a real game-changer. You can certainly make this vegan cheese sauce in another type of blender or food processor-you just might have to spin it a little longer to achieve the creaminess (that’s for you, Kitty!).
Back to how easy this is…just 10 ingredients and 20 minutes and you’re cheezin to go!
As an aside here, cheese, for many of us vegans, is the final frontier. By that I mean, it seems to be the last thing “given up” and, for a lot, the decision to stop eating cheese marks that transition from vegetarian to vegan. Please do not misunderstand and I really hate to use the expression”given up”, but being vegan has been a LOT more about expanding my views, my tastes and my palate, not depriving myself. Knowing the horrors of what occurs in the dairy industry as well as the negative impact dairy products have on health, the choice to forgo cheese was basically a no-brainer. That being said, I won’t pretend that I didn’t enjoy the flavors, textures and “mouth-feel” of cheeses before I came over to the dark side.
This vegan cheese sauce really captures that combination of flavors and smoothness that any good cheese sauce will offer. It is perfect with pasta for a classic mac ‘n cheez:
It’s a great topper or dippity do for veggies:
And, this vegan cheese sauce (with the addition of some diced tomatoes and jalapeno) makes a truly bangin queso:
So, my friends, delay not a moment longer and get cheesin…