Creamy Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce

Nicolette Stramara


You butternut skip this one. Pleasing vegans, omnivores, adults and kids alike, this ultra-creamy sauce is made with a clever seasonal ingredient. Butternut squash, cashew milk, nutritional yeast and a few other staples come together to create a deliciously rich and versatile cheese-flavored sauce that pairs perfectly with everything from pasta to brown rice to quinoa to your favorite meat dish and beyond.Top View of "Cheesy" Pasta in White Dish | Vitacost Blog

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Creamy Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 814 kcal
Author Nicolette



  1. In large pot over medium heat, heat avocado oil. Cook red onion, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly brown and caramelized.
  2. Stir in garlic; continue cooking one minute. Stir in broth, squash, nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, lemon juice, salt, thyme and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Let slow simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in cashew milk. Turn off heat; let mixture cool.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or food processor or powerful blender), mix everything until well combined and completely smooth.
  6. In large bowl, combine sauce and pasta. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

*To cook butternut squash, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds/strings. On sheet pan, place butternut squash skin side down. Brush tops with avocado oil. Roast until squash fork-tender, about 60 to 80 minutes, depending on size of squash.

**If using coconut cream, adjust amount to reach desired consistency. You may have to add 1/4 cup extra since cashew milk is thinner than coconut cream.



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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 814 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Sodium 7379mg307%
Potassium 1950mg56%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 21g84%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 22823IU456%
Vitamin C 75mg91%
Calcium 348mg35%
Iron 17mg94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nicolette Stramara's passion for cooking and baking has blended with her desire to provide her family with wholesome meals, a happy home, and a healthy life. Her delicious recipes range from savory dinner dishes to mouthwatering desserts, kid-approved snacks, and flavorful breakfast options that accommodate those with various dietary needs. Through her meticulous research, Nicolette also writes helpful articles that include facts, tips, and information on ways to eat nutritiously and live well.