How to Make Fake Cheese

Updated April 17, 2017

For vegans and the lactose intolerant, the tangy taste of cheese sauce is something that is hard to replace. Nutritional yeast is one of the most popular substitutes for cheese; it is non-dairy and non-soy, has a tangy flavour similar to that of cheese, and can be easily used to create a cheesy-style sauce.

Wash and chop one small bell pepper. Measure out the correct quantities of all of the spices you will need.

Add cashews, water, lemon juice, miso, bell pepper, nutritional yeast, salt, onion powder and garlic powder to the blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth, making sure that the cashews have been mixed in completely.

Pour mixture into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat to medium-low, stirring constantly to avoid clumping or burning. Cook until thickened.

Take off the heat and serve. Cheese sauce can be poured over pasta to create a macaroni-and-cheese-type dish, or set out with chips and eaten as a dip.


You can buy nutritional yeast at most health food stores, as well as online. Add crushed red peppers to the sauce at the end to create a spicy fake nacho cheese.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp miso
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Blender
  • Medium saucepan
  • Spoon
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Daisy Buchanan has worked as a staff writer for "The Umbrella," an arts newspaper in Portland, Ore., and as editor-in-chief for "Living Mosaic," an academic journal. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College.