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Here’s The Vegan Cheese Recipe You’ve Been Waiting For

You know you want to try it. This recipe guides you through the very simple process of making nut "cheese."

bowl of macaroni

I am not a fan of most of the vegan cheese I’ve tried. So, I combined a few recipes I found online — mostly featuring ingredients I already had on hand. Now this recipe is a staple in my house.

If I want cheese to sprinkle, I skip the water. If I need something creamy (like for this Mac ‘N’ Cheeze), I add in some vegan cream cheese.

Vegan Mac 'N' Cheeze


  • 8 ounces cooked pasta
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • squirt of mustard
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of vegan cream cheese
  • Handful of breadcrumbs or tortilla chips, smashed up


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to box directions and save one cup of the cooking liquid. You will add it to the cheeze for a creamier consistency.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients into your high-speed blender in the order listed. (If you don't have a powerful mixer, soak your cashews overnight.)
  4. Mix pasta and cheeze together. Add some of the pasta water to the mix until it's to your desired creaminess. Spread into an oven-safe container. Top with breadcrumbs or smashed up tortilla chips.
  5. Cook Mac 'N' Cheeze in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until browned on top.

Sara Conrad

Sara is an eternal student. Currently studying Tibetan Culture at Indiana University, she loves to cook with fresh, organic, vegetarian ingredients – but also has never turned down fake mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

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