Easy dairy free cheese sauce & brown rice pastaSo I was googling ‘vegan cheese sauce’ like you do and this came up, which was handy because it’s a damn good recipe. The not so good is I lost an hour (and a half) again in a sea of foodie blogs whilst making myself super hungry.You know how it is, one recipe leads to another, one bookmark leads to a folder full…..anyway I’m so in love with this woman’s fantastic blog. ‘Oh She Glows’ was one of the first food blogs I came across (back when I had lots of time!) and she has the most amazing, creative and delicious recipes here. The photography is far too good and the recipes life changing.  It’s websites like this that change people’s perspectives on vegan/vegetarian food – this woman is a true trailblazer.

Dairy free cheese sauce & pasta

I was never mad on macaroni or cauliflower cheese so I don’t even know why I was looking for a cheesy recipe! Maybe it was for my lasagne, yes I think it was. Anyway, it’s known as comfort food for a reason, it is pretty comforting and today’s rain with greyest of grey cloud made me want this so bad, so I went to my bookmark folder and pulled this gem out. I also wanted to have a good base cheese sauce up my sleeve as it’s pretty versatile.Cheese sauce process

This cheese sauce has no cheese so the cheesy base flavour comes from the mustard and nutritional yeast. Being English I had to use English mustard (the burning nostril kind) over dijon and it worked really well. I can see why nutritional yeast is such a versatile, god sent ingredient – it really does taste like nutty cheese but with no nasties. Does life get any better. Seriously, it’s ramped with B vitamins and folic acid so is fantastic health wise. Also high in protein, fibre and gluten free. It’s a good news day because it’s also the only reliable plant food source of vitamin B12, just one more reason to get on the case. Glad that NY and I are finally together, see I’ve evened acronymed it because it’s become an essential store cupboard item for me.

We enjoyed this with brown rice fusilli and some kale stirred through. They always say the simple things are the best, well this is simple and it’s the best. What more could I ask for on a dull, rainy day?

Nutty. Cheesy. Creamy. Nourishing. Comfort food. Job done.

What’s your favourite way to use nutritional yeast in meals?Dairy free cheese sauce & pasta

Easy vegan, dairy free cheese sauce

1 tablespoon dairy free spread
1 tablespoon rice flour
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 teaspoon onion & garlic powder
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon english mustard


1. In a small pan over a low heat melt the butter. Meanwhile in a seperate bowl whisk the flour & milk together.
2. Add the milk mixture to the pan, stirring continually over a low heat.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and keep stirring until sauce is thickened – about 5 minutes.
4. Serve over your favourite greens or with copious amounts of pasta.

4 comments on “Easy, Vegan, Dairy Free Cheese Sauce”

  1. As a vegan, I try to avoid palm oil whenever possible so in hoping to use coconut oil in place of the earth balance buttery spread. Do you think that could be a good substitute?

  2. Nutritional yeast is NOT a reliable source of B12. Pure nutritional yeast does not contain any B12. However, many manufacturers do fortify nutritional yeast with B12 during the manufacturing process. If you are relying on eating nutritional yeast for your B12, make sure that the packaging clearly states that B12 is one of the ingredients.

    • Hello, thanks for your comment! I do use fortified nutritional yeast but still would not rely on this as my sole source of vitamin B12 😉 have a great day!

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