Our vegan cheese is easy, creamy, melty, stringy, spreadable, light, cheesy, and with a slightly tangy flavor. It's also made nut-free and without a blender.
You can make it in 5 minutes, and use it on pizza, toast, and oven-baked pasta. It's perfect on food that goes in the oven, as it melts like mozzarella cheese.
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There are many types of plant-based cheese recipes out there, most of them are made with blended nuts. I love cheese made with nuts, however, it often doesn't really recreate that melty, stringy, cheesy texture of regular dairy cheese.
Our dairy-free cheese does just that. Think of it as melted vegan mozzarella, or as vegan Italian stracchino or crescenza. You can use it in recipes where you expect to have melted cheese, like on pizza, in sandwiches, or on oven-baked veggies.
Its texture is creamy and stringy at the same time, and you can melt it in the oven, with the broiler on, and it'll bubble and brown just like regular cheese.
I think that this is the fastest, easiest, best, and closest-to-the-real deal homemade vegan cheese recipe.
However, this vegan cheese recipe is not suitable as a dip. For that, check out our variation chapter below, where we show you how to make a quick vegan cheese dip.
If you are looking for other amazing cheese recipes check out our vegan ricotta cheese, also made without nuts, our vegan parmesan made with almonds, and our vegan white sauce, which is technically not a cheese, but it's still crazy creamy.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Soy milk: use unsweetened soy milk. Unsweetened soy milk is the best choice because it's neutral in taste and because of its nutrient composition. It will make the best, creamiest, vegan cheese.
You can replace soy milk with unsweetened oat milk although the cheese will be slightly less stringy. I also think you could use other unsweetened non-dairy milk, like cashews milk, but I have not tried personally so can't vouch for it.
- Tapioca starch: perfect to give a creamy, yet stringy and melty texture to this plant-based cheese.
If you can't find tapioca starch, you can replace it with corn starch and potato starch mixed together. The corn starch makes the cheese creamy, the potato starch makes it stringy. I write the exact quantities in the recipe box at the bottom of the page.
- Olive oil: we have also tried other vegetable oils, but extra virgin olive oil produces a vegan cheese with a richer flavor.
- Nutritional yeast: to add that cheesy flavor.
- Salt: to add taste.
- Soy yogurt: plain, unsweetened soy yogurt is best for this vegan cheese recipe. Soy yogurt adds a little tanginess and that sourish note present in most real cheese. It also helps with texture and creaminess, so it is a key ingredient.
I have not tested this recipe with other types of dairy-free yogurts, so I am not sure if it works with those. My guess is that it could work, but the flavor would change slightly. If you try, do let me know in the comment section below.
- Lemon: to add acidity. Some people don't like the tangy flavor. So go easy with it if it's the first time you do it. Start with a tablespoon and add more if you like.
In a pot or in a saucepan off of the heat, add soy milk, tapioca starch (or potato starch + corn starch), olive oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. Stir with a whisk till there are no lumps.
On your stovetop, on medium heat, warm up the liquid, while stirring continuously with a whisk. Keep stirring until the liquid becomes very thick and gluey.
Turn the heat off and keep stirring vigorously for another minute to cool it down slightly.
Now add the soy yogurt and the lemon juice and stir with the whisk. Stir gently at first, to incorporate the yogurt with the other ingredients. Once incorporated stir fast and vigorously for a minute or so, until the cheese becomes smooth, creamy, and stringy.
Your vegan cheese is ready and you can use it straight away, put it in a cheese mold to give it more of a cheese shape, or just store it in a bowl in the fridge, with a lid on.
The cheese will thicken in the fridge, that's normal. It will melt again when you heat it up.
You can use this plant-based cheese like regular cheese that you would usually melt, like mozzarella or other melty cheese.
Melt it on bread
That's awesome for a quick starter, or even as an easy dinner. Spread the cheese on a slice of bread, then put it in the oven with the broiler on and wait a couple of minutes until it gets all melty and slightly charred. Serve with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
On pizza or flatbread
Did you see our flatbread pizza with this vegan melted cheese and tomatoes on top? It's one of the best vegan recipes we've ever made. It's so tasty and delicious. It melts perfectly and paired with tomatoes, basil, oregano, and olive oil is just delicious.
In an Italian Piadina
Piadina is an Italian flatbread similar to Mexican tortillas. It's one of the most popular street foods in Italy, especially during spring and summer, and it's usually filled with stracchino cheese and arugula. Our vegan cheese recipe is perfect for piadina with arugula. It's definitely one of our favorite quick lunches.
- With thin Italian focaccia
A delicacy from northern Italy in the region of Liguria, and the town of Recco. This is thin focaccia filled with stracchino, an Italian soft cheese. We made a vegan version of focaccia di Recco using our melted vegan cheese and it turned out absolutely incredible.
- In pasta bakes
Want a cheesy yet dairy-free pasta bake? Combine this recipe with our vegan ricotta cheese and with our vegan parmesan cheese for max flavor, perfect texture, and a pasta bake that even the most committed cheese eaters will absolutely love.
- With oven-baked veggies
Chopped and roasted cauliflower, oven-baked broccoli, oven-baked carrots, Brussels sprouts, and mixed veggies. You can add this cheese on top 5 minutes before they are done baking. It'll melt and char slightly on top.
Vegan Cheese Dip (Vegan Queso)
As I mentioned before our vegan cheese recipe is not suitable for dipping. If you want a vegan cheese dip more similar to a vegan queso that you can use with nachos and tortilla chips, then you've got to use other ingredients as follows.
To make vegan queso that you can dip, boil 1 cup of raw cashews or raw, peeled almonds and 1 chopped carrot in water for 10 minutes. Drain them and add them to a high-speed blender. Don't worry, you won't taste the carrot. It's just for color and texture.
Now add 1 cup of water, 1 clove of garlic cut in half lengthwise and without its core (garlic powder works too), 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar), 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Optionally, to make your vegan queso dip more interesting, you can add 1 teaspoon of chili powder or black pepper, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, and/or 1 teaspoon of hot sauce. Adjust the quantities of these ingredients based on your taste.
Blend at high speed until you get a smooth, silky, and creamy vegan cheese sauce. You might have to adjust the thickness by adding more liquid.
Taste, adjust for salt, lemon, and spices, and you are done. This way you'll get a vegan cheese sauce that you can use not only with Mexican food but also with pasta and fries.
Yes, you can prepare it in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Yes, you can use any unsweetened, no-flavor plant milk. However, we find that soy milk produces the best result that is most similar to real cheese.
We have not tested other dairy-free yogurts. I believe it would work, but am not 100% sure. If you do try, make sure to get yogurt that is without sugar.
If you don't have potato starch, then just use tapioca starch instead of potato and corn starch. Tapioca starch sometimes known as tapioca flour works well on its own. Quantities are in the recipe box below.
No, you should not use coconut oil in this recipe because it's saturated fat and it will become solid when you put it in the refrigerator compromising the texture of this cheese.
I would stick to vegetable oils that stay liquid at room temperature. Coconut oil is great for other cheese recipes.
Yes. Our recipe for vegan cheese is naturally gluten-free. However, if you are allergic to gluten, make sure to always check your ingredients. They should explicitly say gluten-free.
Before storing, make sure your vegan cheese has cooled down to room temperature.
Then store in a bowl, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. We do not recommend freezing it.
The cheese will clump together when in the refrigerator. This is fine. It will still be perfectly spreadable and delicious, and it will melt again once you warm it up.
You can also give it a more traditional cheese shape by putting it in a cheese mold. You can purchase those online for a few bucks.
For many more side dishes ideas, check out our sides category page.
Vegan Cheese (5 Min Nut-Free Recipe)
- Small pot or saucepan
- 1 cup soy milk unsweetened
- ¼ cup tapioca starch (or 3 tablespoons of potato starch + 1 tablespoons of corn starch)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup soy yogurt unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- In a pot off the heat, add soy milk, tapioca starch (or potato starch + corn starch), olive oil, nutritional yeast, and salt. Stir with a whisk till there are no lumps.
- On medium heat, warm up the liquid while whisking continuously. Keep whisking until the liquid becomes very thick and gluey. It should take about 1 minute.
- Take off the heat, keep whisking vigorously for another minute, then add the soy yogurt and lemon juice.Stir gently at first, to combine the yogurt. Then whisk vigorously and fast for another minute.
- You should see the ingredients relax and turn into a smooth, stringy consistency. Your vegan cheese is ready. Store in a bowl in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Just wondering if it is possible to add agar agar to this recipe, so that you can grate it once set?
We have never tried adding agar agar to this recipe as we focus on the stringy, melty "cheese" texture in this recipe 🙂
If you do some tests, do let us know! Kindest,
I want to make this for my son, but he has an allergy to soy. Would I be able to use a different plant based milk such as cashew (it's the only plant based milk he's not allergic to). Also can I sub out the soy yogurt?
Yes, you can replace soy milk with unsweetened oat milk although the cheese will be slightly less stringy and slightly runnier. A couple of our followers have tried cashews milk and loved it, but we have not tried it personally so we can't vouch for it. You can use any other plant yogurt available to you instead of soy yogurt. I would go for a sugar-free and neutral-tasting yogurt, here it really depends on what you have available to you in your supermarket 🙂
I hope that helps!
I made several substitutions, and it turned out phenomenal! I substituted macadamia nut milk for soy milk, almond milk yogurt for soy yogurt, and arrowroot powder for tapioca starch. Arrowroot was the only ingredient that I used as a thickener. The result was identical in texture to the original recipe.
I'm very happy you liked the recipe 🙂
Thanks so much for these helpful substitutions, I love the arrowroot powder suggestion.
Have a great weekend, and all the best,
If I were to put this in lasagna how much big of a lasagna can I make?. I need enough for a large group.
Thanks for your message. This recipe is for 8 people, but it's a little difficult to advise as I don't know how large of a group you are making lasagna for 🙂
I would advise multiplying the recipe according to the number of people you wanna cook for, plus a little extra. You can always store the leftovers in the fridge and reheat them the days after.
I hope this helps. Enjoy your party/get-together!
The recipes look fantastic. Most use soy. As a person who is allergic to soy. It makes being vegan very difficult. Can you provide non soy alternatives with your recipes? That would be so helpful. Thanks so much.
We hear you - and we're working on substitutions and alternatives in our recipes as we speak.
So sorry you could not find what you're looking for, know that it's on top of our priority list.
Nico & Louise
I tried the recipe and didn’t care for it. I used arrowroot instead of tapioca.
Hi Lou, I'm sorry to hear that - hopefully, you can find something else that you like on our site. Have a great Monday and week ahead. Kindest, Louise
I used plain almondmilk yogurt and it worked fine! No such thing as plain soy yogurt around here. The cheese came out great. Cant wait to put some on some gluten free pasta and broccoli.
Hi Terryanne, I'm delighted you liked the "cheese"! Thanks very much for the suggestions, we'll definitely try making it with almond milk yogurt next time! Have a great week. Kindest, Louise
Exactly! I cannot find soy yogurt anywhere, not even on the web (I am based in Buffalo,NY) i did it with an unsweetened almond yogurt but did not tasted that great unfortunately
Hi Valentina, I'm so my delayed reply - we did some tests before getting back to you. For now, soy yogurt, unfortunately, is the best option.
I'm so sorry the soy yogurt is not available to you (and many others). We will keep testing with other alternatives, and update the recipe accordingly.
Have a great rest of your week.
Hello there, thank you for this recipe. I have used coconut yoghurt instead of soy and it did the job just fine, the coconut flavor disappeared after mixing everything up. Really great on pizza.
Hi Jarro, thanks so much for letting us know! I have yet to try with coconut yogurt, so I'm very happy the flavor was pleasing! Enjoy the rest of your day. Cheers, Nico
This tastes like cheese if you have never actually had cheese before, or, are just lying to yourself.
Can I substitute corn starch/flour for something else? I can't have corn unfortunately. Thanks.
HI Shamani, can you have potato starch? You could try just using that. Or Tapioca starch.
Thank you, it is absolutely delicious on pizza. Have tagged you on instagram. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
Wonderful Diana, it looks amazing!!! Thanks for your support 💕
I think you might want to double check your weights. I measured out 2T of tapioca starch and it weighed 15grams and 2/3T cornstarch was 6grams. I thought maybe my scale was inaccurate until my recipe made a thin sauce, at which point I added another 2T tapioca starch and 2/3T cornstarch, which thickened it up like the photos. Then I double checked the weights on a different digital scale and got the same weights as the first. I didn’t weigh the rest of the ingredients so I can’t speak to their accuracy. That said, after I doubled the starches it came together fine. I love the flavor and the kind of oozy texture like ripe crescenza. I’ll definitely be making again with potato starch next time. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Shauna, thanks so much for taking the time to write us and let us know about the measurements. We finally had the time to improve the recipe and double-checked the measurements. Yes, the tablespoons were off, sorry about that. I have now updated the recipe with the correct measurements, both in grams and tablespoons/cups. I am super happy you liked the texture and flavor, it does remind us of crescenza too 🙂
Hi. The youtube video isn't available. Can you please post the correct link?. I'm more of a visual person to understand the instructions. Thanks.
Hi Rachel, thanks so much for letting us know - the link is now corrected and should be working! Have a great day! Cheers, Nico
Can I use substitute the potato start with corn starch and soy milk with other? Thanks
Ciao Corrado, you can certainly substitute the soy milk for any plant milk that you like (just make sure they are neutral in taste and without added sugar). As for the potato starch, I tried and tested without but it does not turn out well without it. Hope this helps! Have a great rest of your day!
My stracchino had a strong taste of flour even though I followed the recipe precisely. How long must the liquid boil before adding the yogurt? Probably I didn't boil it enough. Any suggestions before trying again?
Anyway, your recipes are fantastic and I love them all.
Hi Laura, thanks! Happy you liked the recipes. Do you mean taste of flour or cornstarch? Because there is no flour in this recipe 🙂
Can you grate this cheese once it sets?
No, this cheese it not grate-able, it stays soft (and turns melty once heated).
I hope this helps!
This looks wonderful. Is it possible to omit the oil? We avoid due to health issues. Thank you!
Yes. You can omit the oil in this one 👍
Would it mess the recipe up if I don't use the nutritional yeast? I have a friend who can't have dairy, gluten, or yeast and I've been trying to find a cheese recipe that I could use for them.
Hi Dexter, you'll miss some of the cheesy flavor without the nutritional yeast, but the recipe will still work 🙂
The cheese tasted great, but I didn't manage to make it melt like in the photos above. I put it under the grill on some toast, and it sort of formed a skin rather than melting. I'm pretty sure it was something I did, rather than the recipe. Do have any idea what I might have done wrong?
Absolutely amazong recipe. I made the piadina with this cheese with argula and with broccoli rabe. The ricotta recipie is also incredible. I'm going to try every single recipe on this site and will definitely be following your social media. Giving up dairy was the hardest thing about becoming vegan and these cheeses really satisfy, better than any store-bought vegan cheese I've ever had. Thank you for your work!
Thank you sooo much for your kind message Samara. We are so happy you like the cheeses and the recipes. ❤️🙏 And welcome to our little community 😄
Since there are no reviews yet I'll post mine in both English and Italian, so both readers will know how great it is!
This recipe is truly amazing! I just finished making it and I can't stop eating it! The cheese is soft, velvety and stringy just like real stracchino. And the taste becomes even more like real cheese as it cools down. I have been looking for a simple and tasty cheese spread recipe ever since I went vegan, as I sometimes desperately miss cheese, and I think I found it!
Questa ricetta è fantastica! La ho appena preparata e non riesco a smettere di mangiare questo stracchino! È morbido, vellutato e filante proprio come lo stracchino originale. E il sapore diventa ancora più simile al formaggio man mano che si raffredda. È da quando sono diventata vegana che cerco una ricetta semplice e gustosa per un formaggio spalmabile, perché a volte il formaggio mi manca da matti, e penso proprio di averla trovata!
Nico e Louise, il sito e il canale YouTube sono entrambi di super qualità e un piacere da leggere e guardare. Complimenti davvero, mi è capitato raramente di trovare canali così ben fatti! Vi auguro di raggiungere tutto il successo che vi meritate!
Ciao Beatrice, your message makes us sooo happy! Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂
We are very happy you liked the stracchino, as we also sometimes desperately miss cheese.
Grazie di cuore ❤️
Nico e Louise