11 Vegan Cheese Recipes That Are So Decadently Good, You Won't Believe They're Dairy-Free

It’s no secret that we’re borderline obsessed with cheese, but sometimes we need to step away from the dairy for a little while — though that doesn’t mean giving up our favorite meals. Nuts, nutritional yeast, and vegetables all work together to create creamy vegan cheese just as comforting and delicious as the real thing, so even if you’re eating dairy-free, you’re not missing out.

These 11 recipes will guarantee that you’ll always be satisfied when eating vegan. Try them out yourself, and you’ll love what you taste — no cheese necessary.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Linguine With Fried Sage

If you can’t get enough fettuccine alfredo, then for a dairy-free version, try swapping out the cream and cheese for butternut squash. Cookie and Kate purees the winter vegetable to make a creamy pasta topping.

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Vegan Mac and Cheese

We may be obsessed with mac and cheese, but sometimes it’s more important to load up on some vegetables. Oh She Glows uses carrots to give this vegan mac its signature orange color.

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Vegan Stuffed Shells

Yes, it is totally possible to make your favorite Italian dishes without any eggs or dairy — Love and Lemons completely masters stuffed shells with ricotta made of cashews and tofu.

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Vegan Cashew Cheese Sauce

There’s nothing like a homemade vegetable dip. Give the hummus a break and try out something new with The Kitchn’s faux cheesy spread.

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Basil Pesto

Pesto adds an instant boost to any bowl of pasta, but is usually made with parmesan. Cookie and Kate makes the sauce vegan-friendly with this classic basil version.

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Vegan Nachos With Cashew "Cheese"

Cheese is an integral part of any plate of nachos — even if you’re dairy-free. Skip the fake stuff and try out Love and Lemons’ cashew cheese nachos for a satisfying snack.

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Broccoli & Cheese Soup

Broccoli-cheese soup may be the comfort food of our dreams, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it if you’re dairy-free as well. Oh She Glows mixes up the perfect vegan cheese sauce to make the creamiest soup ever.

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Vegan Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

Don’t worry about preheating the oven — Healthful Pursuit uses cashews and coconut oil to make a no-bake dessert that rivals your favorite cheesecake.

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Vegan Lasagna

Layered with fresh vegetables, whole wheat noodles, and meatless sausage, The Kitchn’s vegan lasagna makes a freezer-friendly meal.

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Macadamia Ricotta

Cashews aren’t the only nut that can be used to create your favorite cheeses. Cara’s Cravings uses rich macadamias to make a fluffy, light faux-ricotta.

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Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese

This is comfort food at its finest: Healthful Pursuit piles up perfectly spiced beans and macaroni for a hearty indulgence.

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