If you’re like me, in the middle of winter you love your comfort food, especially when you’re home all the time and feeling a bit down – such as during a global pandemic…

While looking for an all purpose very low fat whole-food plant-based cheese sauce recipe on different recipe sites, I tried many. One of my absolute favorites is the following recipe from Shane and Simple. You can adapt it with added herbs and spices for mac-n-cheese, nachos, loaded potatoes, over steamed veggies.

Shane and Simple Vegan Cheese Sauce (Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Very Low Fat)


  • 2 cup potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup peeled carrots, diced
  • 1/4 of small-sized onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of warm water


  1. Boil the potatoes, carrots, and onion until soft – usually 15-20 minutes. Once they’re finished drain them and add to your blender. 
  2. Place all the remaining ingredients in your blender and blend until the cheese dip is smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick you can add a little more water while you’re blending. You shouldn’t have to heat up on the stove as the veggies will still be hot.
  3. Pour into a bowl and enjoy. 
  4. Store leftovers in airtight container up to a week.


Stir in one can of diced tomatoes and green chiles for a tex-mex kick. Add 1 Tbs smoked paprika for nacho sauce. Decrease the water for a thicker sauce. Add 1 Tsp cayenne for a spicy sauce.

Steamed Broccoli and Shane and Simple’s Vegan Cheese Sauce