After going vegan, your body may thank you, but your heart will always ache for its beloved cheese. Whether you need a way to solve your day-to-day cheese withdrawals or are having a dinner party and want to serve a comfort cheesy dish like old times, look no further than this lineup of creamy vegan recipes. The lactose intolerant, vegans, and non-vegans alike will collectively gasp at the awesomeness below.
For all the carbonara you’ve had to pass up in your life, rest assured you can now get your lips on a fork-full of the Italian classic. To reach peak creaminess, this recipe has you whipping up a simple cashew cream sauce combined with white miso paste. It’s all mixed together with gluten-free pasta, bacon, and fresh parsley.
While you may be steering clear of dairy, that doesn’t mean you have to ditch all the pizza. This recipe combines some of our favorite flavors: avocado, pesto, and a cheese that resembles fresh mozz. With all these rich toppings you'll never even miss ordering in a pizza.
Prepare to pile your plate high with the queen of comfort food: mac and cheese. The simple recipe is made up of nothing you’d expect too—potatoes, carrots, onion, cashews, and coconut milk. In 20 minutes you’ll have a cheese-like masterpiece ready. If you need us, we’ll be getting seconds.
This cashewed-up baked ziti has all of the cheesiness with none of the dairy. You'll be soaking cashews in boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes to lock in the cheese. If you have the time, you can soak them in cool water overnight or for 4 to 8 hours too.
Usually enchiladas aren't complete without ample cheese stuffed inside. These bad boys are loaded with a combination we didn't know we needed: walnut cashew cream, black beans, pumpkin, corn, and green chiles. We promise you won't be missing the cheese.
This fully-loaded nacho dish has everything you could dream up in a party plate. The trusty cheese alternative here is miraculously made up of potatoes, carrots, yeast, lemon juice, onion powder, and garlic powder but, shh, your guests don't have to know that. Plus, this recipe is ideal for both meat eaters and non-meat eaters, as jackfruit (here lathered in barbecue sauce) has that fleshy texture that fools us all.
This saucy sandwich is pretty swoon-worthy. You'll find marinara sauce, vegan ricotta, and basil inside. The recipe recommends sourdough and, of course, vegan butter to crisp up the outside. Just like your pizza, you can add red chili flakes to, you know, take things up a notch.
If our veggies are put in a bowl and surrounded by cheese and carbs, we'll love them double. We'll love them triple knowing that the calorie count here is only 379 per serving but tastes like 1,379. The major bonus here is that one pan will get the job done, so minimal cleanup is required.
As a vegan, the only thing you may miss more than pizza is diner food. Having a piping hot order of cheese sticks can still be arranged, though. Just like regular mozzarella sticks, you'll be fully coating vegan cheese into batter, then breading followed by frying them up until golden brown. The recipe also calls for black salt, but you can use sea salt, no sweat.
Creamy refried beans and mashed-up seasoned avocado are the stars of this quesadilla—not cheese, for once—and you won't regret it one bit. The recipe also calls for stir-frying bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion to add extra flavor to each bite.
You can't even fight us on the fact that buffalo sauce and cheese go hand-in-hand. To make these, you start with vegan mac and cheese balls, bread them, and then get busy with Sriracha buffalo sauce. They can also be easily made gluten-free (hooray, GF friends). Game day, meet your new hottest player.
Dinner parties are meant for cheese boards. Thanks to rich and creamy cashew cheese, you don't have to opt out. After soaking your raw cashews for four hours (or overnight) in water, you'll be using your food processor or blender to combine it with yeast, lemon juice, water, white wine vinegar, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper to make a cheese-like heaven. This recipe also has a homemade tangy-n-spicy tomato jam to go with it. We won’t blame you if you finish the whole block before company arrives.
Having a homemade queso recipe on-hand is a must. We back this twice because store-bought versions often taste way too processed. Vegans can get in on the fun with this recipe too, which only requires simple ingredients like potatoes, carrots, green chiles, lime juice, cilantro, yeast flakes, and salsa.
No matter how full you are after dinner, there's always room for dessert—especially cheesecake. This recipe gives the Cheesecake Factory a run for its money. It's Paleo, vegan, and gluten-free so most likely everyone at the table can dig into a fat piece of it. Expect a creamy cashew filling and walnut crust, all topped with a chocolate ganache... and none of it requires baking.
There's no wrong way to eat pasta, but having it stuffed to the brim with cheese is debatably its best form. For vegans who agree, these cashew 'ricotta' stuffed shells are gold, and you'll never again have to spite non-vegan friends for eating your cravings. The spinach here is a nice, wholesome addition too. All you'll need to shop for is whole-wheat panko bread crumbs, fresh parsley, cashews, frozen spinach, and jumbo shells.