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Nooch Cheese Sauce (+Video)

This is a recipe for a quick and easy homemade vegan Cheese Sauce. Give this Nooch Cheese Sauce (made with Nutritional Yeast) a try because it’s perfect for lasagne, pizza, mac & cheese or as a dip for tortilla chips! It’s also nut-free and you don’t need a blender!

Vegan Nooch Cheese Sauce with tortilla chips

This is a recipe for a basic Nooch Cheese Sauce. I make this cheese sauce quite often and use it mostly for lasagne, pizza, as a dip for tortilla chips or for mac and cheese.

It’s really simple to make and it comes together quite fast – it will only take about 10 to 15 minutes. Then get your tortilla chips ready because it’s dipping time!

I love this cheese sauce because it’s

  • vegan (and therefore dairy-free and lactose-free)
  • without nuts (my wallet says thanks!)
  • super quick to make
  • made with only a handful of ingredients (I always have these at home!)
  • so versatile! Lasagna, pizza, mac & cheese, or as a dip are my favorite uses for the sauce!
  • ooey-gooey and stretchy

When I started following a vegan diet in 2012 supermarkets didn’t offer any vegan cheeses. So making vegan cheese at home was the only way to go. I have been making this cheese sauce countless times!

Now, there all kinds of vegan cheeses in the stores and I really enjoy trying these new products, however, I still make this cheese sauce a lot because it’s my favorite for pizza and lasagna – I love it!

But wait… What is Nooch?

Nooch is short for nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast and can be bought in the form of powder or flakes.

It is often used for vegan sauces because of its super cheesy taste. Nutritional yeast is something that should not be missed in a vegan household. It’s one of my secret (but not so secret) ingredients for vegan cooking.

How to make Vegan Cheese Sauce with Nutritional Yeast (Nooch)

The Ingredients for the Nooch Cheese Sauce

The ingredients you’ll need are rather basic. You probably have them at home already!

  • coconut oil or vegan butter – both will work just fine
  • all-purpose flour – makes the cheese stretchy
  • spices – I used salt, paprika powder, curry powder, ground pepper, and garlic powder (but feel free to experiment with different spices!)
  • nutritional yeast flakes – adds the cheesy flavor!
  • water

Most vegan cheese recipes use nuts (oftentimes cashews or almonds). This one doesn’t. So if you’re allergic to nuts (or you don’t want to spend all that $$ on expensive nuts), this sauce is for you!

Step by Step Instructions

This is the process of making the cheese sauce! Basically, it’s like you would make a Bechamel Sauce – but with a cheesy twist!

Tip: If you don’t use the sauce immediately, it will thicken up quite a bit. Add a bit more water and whisk again. Then it’s good as new!

vegan cheese in pot
This vegan cheese sauce is ooey gooey and stretchy. Perfect!

My favorite uses for this vegan Cheese Sauce

More Vegan Cheese Recipes

I hope you love this ‘cheesy’ sauce as much as I do! Let me know if you give it a try!

Cheers, Bianca

Vegan Nooch Cheese Sauce with tortilla chips

Nooch Cheese Sauce

Elephantastic Vegan
Easy and quick homemade vegan Cheese Sauce. Try this Nooch Cheese Sauce with Nutritional Yeast Flakes. Perfect for Lasagne or Mac & Cheese.
4.38 from 147 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Basics, Dip
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 (3/4 cup) enough for 1 lasagna or 2 pizzas)
Calories 225 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or vegan butter e.g. EarthBalance, Alsan,…
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • ground pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Heat the coconut oil or butter in a small pot on low heat.
  • Add the salt, pepper, paprika powder, curry powder & garlic powder.
  • Add in the flour and whisk.
  • Add nutritional yeast, whisk again until clumpy.
  • Add the water and whisk on low heat for a few minutes. If it gets too thick you can add a little bit more water and whisk again.
  • Use it as a dip, pour it over some lasagne or pizza or whatever you like. Enjoy!



If you don’t use the sauce right away, it will thicken up. Just add a splash of water and whisk again and it’s good as new!


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 585mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 125IUIron: 1.4mg
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Nookie yeast is nasty


Saturday 17th of December 2022

I wanted to make this sauce but I read somewhere that you should not heat/cook it, but sprinkle on afterwards?

Jeanie Spond

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Can I use avocado oil instead?


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

oh, definitely, that will work too!

Jeanie Spond

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Haven’t tried it yet! Wondering if I can use Ava odor oil instead of coconut oil? Thanks. Jeanie Spond


Thursday 5th of May 2022

I added miso and liquid aminos and it was awesome. Used GF flour too - delicious!