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Alisa’s Easy Dairy-Free ‘Cheesy’ Sauce

Cheese sauce in pan

By Alisa Fleming

Those of us living dairy-free have many more options with the advent of tasty store-bought alternative cheese shreds. Just employ a light hand on pizza, since dairy-free cheese can overwhelm if used in excess. Melting ability may also vary. Check your pizza at least 5 minutes before it is fully cooked, and if the cheese alternative hasn’t budged, turn up to broil for 2-5 minutes and keep a watchful eye.

For a flavorful, make-at-home alternative cheese sauce, we enjoy the following recipe.

Free of: Gluten and all top allergens.


  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) unsweetened milk alternative (of choice), plus additional as needed
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp comstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (or additional sweet paprika)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients, except pepper, in a blender and purée until smooth. Pour into saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes as it bubbles, whisking continuously.
  2. Remove from heat immediately and season to taste with pepper. The sauce will be relatively thick. If you prefer a drizzle, thin with additional milk alternative.

Alisa Fleming is Allergic Living’s Senior Editor and the founder of the website.
Recipe first published in Allergic Living magazine

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