This cheesy sauce is so good, I think nonvegans could be fooled. Before going vegan, I used to love mixing salsa with Velveeta cheese (talk about heart attack on a plate), and this recipe is reminiscent of that unhealthy treat. Nutritional yeast is full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and protein so this cheese sauce is like a health food (don’t tell your guests).

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (not bread yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (or water)
  • 1/4 cup of salsa
  • 1 teaspoon of Earth Balance buttery spread (optional)

Mix dry ingredients in a small sauce pan. Add milk, whisk well. Heat over medium low (4 out of 10 on my stove), stirring constantly. Heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add salsa and Earth Balance. Stir and heat for another minute. Serve as close to immediately as possible. If you need to put it on hold and keep it hot, turn to the lowest setting and stir often, add more soy milk if it thickens. We love it on tortilla chips, rice, veggies; really it is good on EVERYTHING!

This recipe makes about one cup of sauce. One half of this recipe contains 103 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 7 grams of protein.

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7 comments untill now

  1. I’ve made a cheese substitute like this before and it tasted exactly like cheddar. I’m sure this is just as delicious and the salsa should give it a nice kick! Anyone reading should try it – they’d be pleasantly surprised.

  2. Yum!! I love this recipe. I stumbled on it accidentally a couple of weeks ago, and now I’ve made it almost every day since. It’s so good! Thanks for posting it.

  3. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for awhile now, and I’m upset I never tried it sooner! It’s so good I made it twice in one night! I did have to add a little more soy milk, but overall it was really, really good.

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  5. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve been trying Vegan cheese sauce recipes and I didn’t like them at all. I was one sad vegan. lol BUT this recipe is totally awesome and tastes just like real cheese! Thank you!!!

  6. For my first cheese sauce recipe, this is really good and really simple! A little rich and salty, so I think I’ll hold back on the yeast and omit the salt next time.

  7. I made this today for lunch. I’m not vegan. I used cow’s milk and butter. This sauce wasn’t a dead ringer for nacho cheese but it was pretty good! It hit the spot for salty and rich. I would definitely make this again!