Knock-Your-Socks-Off Cashew 'Cheese' Sauce


I was tired of bland, boring cashew cheese sauce recipes that tasted only like nutritional yeast and lemon juice. I decided to experiment and discovered this amazing vegan cheese sauce! My entire family loves it, even the non-vegans! Excellent on macaroni, over a baked potato, drizzled in a burrito, on taco salad, as a veggie or chip dip ... the possibilities are truly endless. I hope you enjoy.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
16 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups raw cashews

  • 6 banana peppers with brine, or more to taste

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon tahini, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons miso paste


  1. Soak cashews in warm water for at least 1 hour; drain.

  2. Place banana peppers plus 2 tablespoons brine in a high-powered blender. Add soaked cashews, red peppers, lemon juice, tahini, nutritional yeast, salt, and miso paste. Blend until creamy . If not blending well, add a splash of water or juice from the roasted red peppers.

Cook's Note:

Replace banana peppers with 1 small can green chilies plus a splash of vinegar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
5g Fat
5g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 35mg 1%

* 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.