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Cheesy Sauce (tofu based)

gluten free
wheat free
kid friendly
quick meals, fast feeds
cheap as chickpeas
low fat low sugar, diabetic friendly
2 spoon difficulty rating

15-20 minutes

Needs a hand blender or food processor/liquidiser - or an old fashioned hand cake mixer

Serves: 4-6

Cheesy Sauce (tofu based)

This deliciously vegan, creamy cheesy sauce is a quick whizz of a dish! Get the ingredients and your kit ready and just go.

It's very nice served with any dish that needs a cheese sauce. However, we particularly enjoy it with big macaroni or shell pasta, topped with thinly-sliced tomatoes, a sprinkling of paprika and black pepper then shoved under a hot grill for 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 shallot OR ¼ small red onion – finely chopped
  • 1 medium clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 squirts oil spray
  • 225/8oz plain tofu, any type (silken or firm)
  • 600ml/21fl oz soya or other unsweetened plant milk, eg almond, hemp, oat
  • Generous ½ cup/30g/1oz nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tbsp cornflour OR GF 1 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ - 1 tsp salt, according to taste
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • Generous pinch of mild chilli powder
  • Black pepper
  • Optional: 1 tbsp pale miso (Clearspring Sweet White Miso is GF)

Method: 

1. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in the oil spray until the onion is softened.

2. Meanwhile, blend the tofu until it is completely smooth – use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl or food processor and integrate any lumpy bits.

3. Add the cooked onion/garlic plus the rest of the ingredients and blend again until it is smooth. Heat gently before using. 

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