Easy Cheesy Sauce (Vegan!)
This sauce is equally easy as it is CHEESY!
This is the second Cheese Sauce on my blog, but this one is different as it doesn't rely on any store bought cheeses. It's cashew based, so if you have a nut allergy, check out my other sauce HERE!
If you are good with nuts, then the only other thing to take note of is you'll need a good high speed blender. You can try this with a normal blender, but you may need to strain it to get rid of the grainy bits.
The other thing to note, is the base of the cheese sauce is great on it's own, but you can customize it to your heart's content! You can add lemon for some zip and funk, chipotle in adobo for some smokey spiciness, some jalapeño brine for some funk and spice, or a can of Ro-Tel to make it similar to a chunky queso! The options are unlimited.
You can use this sauce for nachos, over a baked potato or broccoli, or even in some Mac n' Cheese like I did! The choice is yours, do whatever you like!
I have a video below that shows the process, but it's quite easy to make!
1/2 cup cashews
2 medium carrots
1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce (optional)
2-3 Tbsp brine from a jalapeño jar (optional)
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
1 can of Ro-Tel (optional)
Boil 4 cups of water.
Peel and chop the carrots.
Once the water is up to a rolling boil, cover the cashews in the water in a sturdy bowl. Add the chopped carrot to the pot and continue to boil them until fork tender.
While the carrots are boiling add all the (non-optional) ingredients to a high speed blender.
Once carrots are soft and the cashews have soaked in the hot water (about 10-15 minutes) add them to the blender and blend until smooth.
Taste and adjust for seasoning.
At this point you can either eat this as is, or you can add some of the optional ingredients. I've tried it with all of them and it's super good no matter what! So just experiment and add a little bit at a time until you get the results that you want.