Nutritional Yeast Cheesy Sauce

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that is chock full of protein and vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins. The flavor is often described as nutty or cheesy…I think it’s fantastic! I enjoy this sauce more than I ever enjoyed a cow’s milk cheese sauce. And bonus: it’s ready in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or other plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cajun seasoning*
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric

Preparation:

  1. Melt the vegan buttery spread in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk together the flour and almond milk until there aren’t any clumps.
  3. Add the almond milk mixture and the nutritional yeast to the pot.
  4. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the remainder of the ingredients and simmer until thickened, whisking often. It shouldn’t take more than about five minutes.
  6. Enjoy over pasta, with tortilla chips, or any way you’d use a traditional cheese sauce. (My favorites: with Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues spicy chips or with pasta.)

Notes:

*If you don’t like spicy food, just omit the cajun seasoning.