Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vegan Cheese Sauce

In the past few years I've never been one to eat cream or cheese sauces because of the amount of calories in them, BUT when I saw "cheezy sauce" in Veganomicon, I just have to try it! Ok, thank you Shannon for warning me, and fair warning to everyone else, but this doesn't exactly taste like cheese. It is similar and has a great creamy consistancy though. Oh! And it is very flavorful! I drizzled the "cheese" sauce over steamed veggies, which was yummy!

I had also made black bean burgers that night and got a little daring... I decided to dip my black bean burger into the "cheese" sauce.... AMAZING! I'm not sure why I loved it so much but both the burger and sauce went perfect together. This combo is a must and I will definitely do it again!

Cheezy Sauce (Source: Veganomicon)

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • A pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  1. Combine the broth and flour in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until dissolved.
  2. Heat the oil and garlic in a saucepan over medium-low heat, cooking for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook for about 15 seconds.
  4. Add the broth, turmeric, and nutritional yeast, and raise the heat to medium. Stir constantly with a whisk. The mixture should bubble and thicken within 3 minutes.
  5. Once the mixture is bubbling and thickening, stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the lemon juice and mustard, and stir to combine.
  7. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan to keep warm until ready to use.
  8. Yields ~3 cups.


  1. I'm really glad you liked it! We love it! It's not "cheese" tasting exactly, but it is creamy and has an almost cheesy tang. The longer I go without real cheese, the more I like the vegan version. These days I don't even miss cheese very often. :)

  2. Thank you. I just searched and chose this one out of many and it was delicious. My children gobbled it up.