Lauren Toyota's Nacho Cheese


Lauren Toyota's Nacho Cheese

If this nacho Cceese were an album, it would be Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Not only is it gonna make you feel nostalgic for that oooey gooey sauce you get at the movies or carnivals, but it’s also gonna be on repeat in your kitchen! You don’t need to feel bad about it either because your new favourite cheese sauce is made from potatoes and carrots. —Lauren Toyota


  • 1 cup peeled, cubed white potato, (about one small potato)

  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced carrot, (about one carrot)

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk, or water

  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot flour

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 6 pickled jalapeño, slices, plus 3 tbsp brine

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the potato and carrot until fork- tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the vegetables and immediately place in a high-powdered blender. If you cook the potatoes too long, they will become starchy and your sauce will not be smooth.

  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and combine on high until smooth. Your sauce may be hot enough to serve immediately from the blender. If not, heat it in a saucepan for a few minutes until just bubbling and warm or reheat in a microwave.

  • When you reheat the sauce, a small amount of nondairy milk or water may be required to get a smooth consistency again.

Hot tip: This is so good you could make more than you need and freeze it in portions. Can be frozen for up to 1 month. It keeps and reheats very well!

For those nights when you want mac and cheese, but you’re thinking “ain’t nobody got time for that,” just make a batch of nacho cheese and boil some mac—there, done! You could add anything else you want to this easy mac and cheese like broccoli, green peas, sautéed onions, or veggie ground round. Also, if you’re nut-free, this is your mac!

Excerpted from Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics. Copyright © 2018 by Lauren Toyota. Published by Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.