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Smoky Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

Try this recipe the next time you want a cheesy dip. It's perfect on nachos, as a dipping sauce, or even on pasta!
Course Appetizer, Sauces & Dressings, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 88kcal
Author Rachel


  • Blender
  • Stovetop


  • ¾ cup raw cashews soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • ¼ cup carrots chopped
  • cup onions chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tsps corn starch
  • 3 tbsps nutritional yeast optional
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tsps low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Add the chopped onion and carrots to a nonstick pan over medium heat and sauté with a bit of water until soft.
  • In a blender, add the onion and carrots along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Enjoy cold or heat up on the stove to thicken it a bit and warm it up.


Serving Suggestions: Use as a dip with veggies or tortilla chips or serve over pasta, quinoa, or baked potatoes.
Want more flavor? Add more spices, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast, or even a jalapeño to give it a kick.
Smoked paprika is necessary for the flavor profile of this recipe. If you cannot find smoked paprika, try adding some liquid smoke, or use more nutritional yeast to up the cheesy flavor.


Sodium: 68mg | Calcium: 9mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 731IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 168mg | Calories: 88kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 7g | Iron: 1mg