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Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2/3 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce comes with two variations for an allergy-friendly twist on a classic comfort food recipe that has all the traditional flavors you love with whole food ingredients full of healthy fats, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber.


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Roux Version (thick and creamy)

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted vegan butter or 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 Tablespoons non-gmo cornstarch or 35g gluten-free all-purpose flour (without thickeners or binders)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk, canned (non-dairy milk may be substituted – richness of sauce will vary)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast or 1/2 cup finely shredded vegan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric for color
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika


Roux Version (thick and creamy)

  1. To prepare the roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium-low until the color of roux gets slightly nuttier in color. The texture might be very viscous at first, but keep stirring with a spatula or spoon to cook out the starchy flavor. 
  2. Gradually whisk in milk. Whisk constantly as it will be very thick. Keep adding a little at a time until it smooths out.
  3. Next, whisk in the vegetable broth. Depending on the type of flour you use, you need to add more to help thin it out. Whisk until all lumps are removed.  
  4. Once it reaches a soft boil, reduce to medium low or low and whisk for 30 seconds. 
  5. Add the nutritional yeast, turmeric, and paprika last stirring over low heat or off heat. 
  6. Serve immediately or store the sauce in the fridge for up to 4 days. Note: it will change the texture and thicken once chilled. To thin it out again, simply reheat in a saucepan and whisk in 1-2 Tablespoons milk/broth if needed.


Nutritional yeasts vary by weight and B vitamins. Which can alter the color. So if your sauce isn’t very yellow, add turmeric and paprika. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: condiment
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 183.6 mg
  • Fat: 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cheese, vegan, cheddar cheese, non-dairy cheese, mac and cheese, cheese sauce