Dairy-Free "Cheese" Sauce


My boyfriend and I eat dairy-free; he has no choice in the matter because of a severe casein allergy. This creamy cheese sauce is not only dairy-free, but extremely yummy and a great base recipe. You can do just about anything with it! Add a dash of cumin for that smoky Cheddar taste for mac and cheese, add more garlic, butter, and parsley for Alfredo, or add a can of tomatoes and green chiles to make that staple queso dip! It bakes well, too. Try chicken spaghetti with this creamy cheese sauce!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
11 mins
2 servings


  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • teaspoon ground yellow mustard

  • salt to taste

  • 1 cup soy milk

  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegan margarine (such as Earth Balance®)


  1. Mix nutritional yeast, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, and salt together in a bowl. Pour in soy milk; whisk until smooth.

  2. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour in soy milk mixture; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened into a sauce, about 5 minutes. Simmer until flavors combine, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute rice milk for the soy milk if desired.

This sauce is meant to be rather thick, but extremely flexible. If it is too thick for what you intend to make, then add more of your milk or water to thin it out. Like Velveeta(R), this creamy sauce likes to thicken and clump when it cools. To fix this, just pop it in the microwave and reheat. I have heard that it tastes better the next day. However, mine has never stuck around long enough to find out!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 484mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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