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Vegan foods contain no meat or dairy products. Creamy, cheeselike vegan sauce is simple to make and takes only 10 minutes. The key ingredient is nutritional yeast flakes, which are available at most health food stores in the bulk bin or baking section. Whether you want a vegan dish or just a more healthful dish, this versatile sauce is ideal for pasta, pizza, casseroles, nachos, dips and anything else that calls for a creamy sauce.

Mix together nutritional yeast flakes, flour and cornstarch in a saucepan or pot until just mixed.

Stir water with the yeast flakes, flour and cornstarch for five to seven minutes over medium heat until the consistency begins to thicken.

Blend in yellow mustard and salt.

Add pepper, oregano, basil and garlic to taste.

Turn off the heat.

Mix in olive oil or vegan margarine.


If the flour gets clumpy, stir it with a whisk to help break it up.

Substitute soy milk or almond milk for water to make a creamier sauce.

Use fresh basil.

Use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Lightly saute the garlic in olive oil before putting it in the sauce.

About the Author

Janey Smith

Janey Smith has been a writer and researcher since 2001. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in "Monkey Puzzle," "NOO Journal," "Esque" and "Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship." She earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and women's studies from University of Massachusetts in Boston.