Butternut Squash "Cheese" Sauce


Mac n’ cheese was always a favourite of mine growing up (I was a picky eater). So, naturally, it still holds a special place in my heart. This “cheese” sauce gets its beautiful orange colour from butternut squash and nutritional yeast. I love incorporating nutritional yeast into my cooking because it gives cheesy dishes that cheesy taste, without the dairy. It also has protein, fiber, iron, some B vitamins and more! This sauce is super versatile and can be used on pasta, veggies, as a dip, nachos, etc.


  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced (if you don’t want to peel and dice your own, you can buy squash chunks and dice them)

  • 1/4-1/2cup water or almond milk (make sure its unsweetened)

  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil (you can use olive oil too)

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (you can use 1/2 tsp. but I like mine super garlicky!)

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 3-4 tbsp. nutritional yeast

  • Pinch of paprika

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt (start with less and add more as needed)


Boil water in a saucepan and then add in the butternut squash. Steam for about 10 minutes or until soft.

Use a strainer to strain the water out of the pot. Let the squash cool.

Add squash to blender along with all other ingredients.

Blend for about 1 minute. 

You can add more liquid if its too thick for your liking.

Serve over gluten-free pasta (chickpea, brown rice, lentil and quinoa are great choices), roasted or steamed vegges, as a dip, on nachos, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Store in the fridge for up to a week, if it lasts that long! 😊


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