Cashew Cheese Sauce over zucchini pasta!
This is an AMAZING, AMAZING recipe for cashew cheese sauce. So many vegan recipes of cashew cheese sauce call for olive oil as well. People…YOU DO NOT NEED OLIVE OIL FOR THIS! Cashews are full of (good) fat and are creamy enough in texture to hold PERFECTLY as a base, no additional oil needed. IF the sauce is too thick, you water it down with…water! Not oil! Whew, ok, glad we got that all cleared up! Rant = over.
By the way, you can eat this alone, use this as a savory dip for veggies, or use it as cheese sauce to put on zucchini noodles to make cheesy, creamy vegan pasta! (as pictured above)
You will need:
– 1 cup of soaked cashews (details below)
– 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (for more information on what this is, see my blog about nutritional yeast)
– 1/4 to 1/2 red bell pepper
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 tsp onion powder
– 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp minced garlic (these come in glass jars at the store)
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– 1/2 tsp tumeric
– bit of salt
2 tbsp pine nuts
– Soak 1 cup of cashews in 3 cups water for 4 to 6 hours. This is to soften them, as well as for health reasons! (See my blog post: Soak your Nuts! )
After the cashews are soaked, put them into a high powered blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Pulse/blend for several minutes, making sure to push the mixture around so that it is totally blended. The mixture should be thick and creamy, with a slightly pale yellow/pink color, like so:
Pour over your zucchini pasta or use as a dip for your veggies
3 thoughts on “Cashew “Cheese” Sauce”
This has always amazed me and i’m yet to try it – is the nutritional yeast a MUST or can it be omitted?
It can be omitted, but the entire “cheese” flavoring will be gone. Cashews by nature have a very neutral taste, so without the cheese it will taste more like a subtly sweet cream sauce. If you want the cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is a must, if not, then you get go without out it and add more garlic or onion or so to give it another savory kind of taste. 🙂