Vegan Cheese Sauce (Instant Pot Potato Carrot Cheese Sauce)

The weightier Vegan Cheese Sauce made with veggies in the Instant Pot! It’s perfect for making archetype mac and cheese but moreover tastes wondrous with veggies, rice, or as a wiring for dairy-free cheese dips or use over nachos or baked potato! Gluten-free & nut-free option. Stovetop instructions as well.

a trencher of vegan cheese sauce topped with pico de gallo and chopped cilantro

Here’s an wondrous Vegan Cheese Sauce that is super smooth, very creamy, and irresistibly cheesy. The weightier part? It’s all made in the Instant Pot so pretty hands-off! It tasted just like the real deal and your guests won’t believe it’s vegan!

Now, I once have this Vegan Queso recipe in the gazetteer but while the queso recip0e is platonic as a dip or for nachos, this is increasingly of an all-purpose cheese sauce. It’s sunny drizzled over veggies and obviously utterly divine with pasta. Actually, it goes so well with pasta ! I widow a Mac cheese recipe to the recipe card.

overhead shot of a trencher of vegan cheese sauce sprinkled with chopped herbs and tomatoes

The recipe starts off with some linty vegetables like cauliflower or zucchini, carrots, and potatoes. Cashews add increasingly creaminess,  and we moreover add in some spices like ground mustard, garlic, and onion powder for flavor. Then two important ingredients – miso paste and nutritional yeast! These two additions add the umami so don’t skip them.

Nutritional yeast has nothing to do with the zippy dry yeast that you buy for baking. It’s deactivated yeast and you can find it online at wren but moreover at grocery stores. Adding nutritional yeast to dips and sauces lends them a cheesy savor that you will find to be very addictive.

On to the method: This vegan cheese sauce recipe is so quick and simple to make using the Instant Pot. Simply dump everything together in the pot, melt it on upper pressure and then puree it in a blender into a smooth linty sauce. DONE!

side view of a white trencher filled with vegan cheese sauce and sprinkled with herbs and chopped tomatoes

I love to use this cheese sauce for Mac and cheese, over tacos, in deep dish cheesy pizzas or pastries. It’s versatile and so delicious!

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