Cheese-free recipes

These wedge fries are a weekly occurrence in our home, and I love experimenting with new ways to dip them. The other day, I had a hankering for something rich and fulfilling, and this dairy free cheese sauce was the delicious result. It reminds me of the cheese sauces served by some fast-casual restaurants, but is wholesome and plant-based!

Potatoes: Why Baking is Better

Who doesn’t love roasted vegetables? Unfortunately, high heat baking isn’t always the best way to preserve nutrients in produce. However, the humble potato actually shines when given some oven time. Research shows that baking potatoes results in higher levels of resistant starch than other cooking methods. Resistant starch is a beneficial type of dietary fiber found in high-carbohydrate foods (like potatoes), which researchers believe can satiate (aiding in weight loss), improve blood sugar control, boost immunity, and perhaps reduce cancer risk. For an even bigger boost of this good-for-you carbohydrate, bake and cool those potatoes. Chilling further increases the levels of resistant starch. I often make a double batch of these wedge fries and enjoy leftovers from the refrigerator.

For the fries, I always go with wedge cut for a couple of reasons. First, they’re more fun to eat in my opinion! They’re sturdier than traditionally cut fries and thus great for dunking in thin or thick dips. Second, they are easier to cut and more foolproof to bake. You simply turn the wedges upright, with their skin sides down, and bake, no flipping or racks required. The skins shield the sensitive cut tops and the shape and placement aid air circulation for relatively even cooking.

Dairy Free Cheese Sauce: About The Ingredients

But why ruin a perfectly healthy food with a sugar-laden, oily, or dairy dip? This dairy free cheese sauce is packed with even more nutrition and uses simple, wholesome ingredients.

I use ground cashews for richness without the need for oils. You don’t want to pre-soak the cashews for this recipe. They soak up the liquid in the recipe and thicken better when ground fresh. For the liquid, I amp up the creaminess just a touch more with Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk Beverage. You can use one of their other unsweetened milk beverages, I just find the cashew milk beverage to be the most complimentary. To find them, see the Silk store locator. Also, sign up for the Silk Newsletter. Besides recipes and fun information, they often send out printable coupons. I actually used one to purchase the cashew milk beverage for this dairy free cheese sauce recipe!

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Special Diet Notes: Dairy Free Cheese Sauce with Wedge Fries

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

This dairy free cheese sauce could also be considered paleo-friendly, if potatoes are okay for you. If not, use 1 cup peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in place of the carrots and potatoes.

I haven’t tested this particular recipe nut-free, but we also like this Vegan Queso Dip with chips or wedge fries, which is naturally nut-free.

Dairy Free Cheese Sauce with Baked Baby Potato Wedge Fries

  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • ½ tablespoon olive (not extra-virgin), avocado, rice bran, or grapeseed oil
  • ¼ to ⅜ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped carrots (2.5 ounces)
  • ½ cup chopped yellow potato (2.5 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup raw unsalted cashews (1.75 ounces)
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk Beverage, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF and optionally line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cut the baby potatoes in half vertically. Cut each half into three wedges vertically – to get 6 long wedges per baby potato.
  3. Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with ½ tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Toss the wedges to coat.
  4. Spread the wedges out on the baking sheet and turn them all upright, skin side down. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  1. While the potatoes bake, steam or boil the carrots and potatoes until quite tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Pulse the cashews in a spice grinder or food processor until completely ground into a “flour”, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables to a blender, followed by half of the cashew milk beverage, then the ground cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining milk beverage and blend to combine.
  4. Pour the cheesy mixture into a medium pan and bring it to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking often, or until it thickens to your desired consistency.
  5. Serve with the baked baby potato wedge fries. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If it thickens too much, simply reheat with enough milk beverage to reach your desired consistency.

Potato Notes: I use Dutch Yellow Baby Potatoes, which I purchase at Trader Joe’s, for both the sauce and the wedges. They’re thin-skinned and creamy, so they don’t need to be peeled and blend up well.
The dairy free cheese sauce recipe makes enough for a double batch of wedge fries. If you opt to double up, use two baking sheets to avoid over-crowding the potatoes. You can bake them at the same time, but switch the sheets on the oven racks half way through.


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There are about a million and a half broccoli and cheese soup recipes out there. You may be wondering why you need another one. Well, the recipes I’ve seen tend to use flour as a thickener, have a long list of ingredients, or just take a while to prepare. Today I’m sharing my quick and simple version of easy broccoli cheese soup. And, it happens to be a low carb broccoli cheese soup, too!

The beauty of this gluten-free broccoli cheddar soup is that everyone seems to love it, whether they are eating low carb or not. It also happens to be healthy and perfect for clean eating, but that’s just a bonus.

Simple Broccoli and Cheese Soup

This easy, creamy low carb broccoli cheese soup is probably the easiest recipe you’ll find. It’s also gluten-free, healthy, and can be vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I’ve even made it with bone broth before to incorporate the benefits of that.

You’ll love that it takes just twenty minutes to prepare, so you can totally throw it together at the last minute on a busy weeknight. It’s also an excellent choice as a starter for guests coming over without spending a lot of extra time.

It requires just a few (five!) simple ingredients. Best of all, they are so common that, chances are, you have most of them on hand.

Yep, broccoli and cheese soup with only five ingredients. Are you intrigued? All you need is broccoli, garlic, heavy cream, chicken broth, and shredded cheddar cheese.

To be fair, this makes a very basic broccoli soup recipe. The ingredients and flavors are not complex. This is intentional! I wanted to keep it simple so that it’s very accessible to just about anyone.

Once you’ve mastered the basic process, it’s so easy to customize it. Try adding your favorite spices, other veggies, shredded chicken, bacon… the possibilities are endless. Just keep in mind that the soup is already salty to begin with, due to the cheese and broth. So, go easy on anything that has added salt, like bacon.

You’ll also have an easier time with the cheese if you add any other ingredients after the cheese melts first. Alternatively, if your other add-ins need to cook, temporarily remove them with a slotted spoon at the end, melt in the cheese, and then return them to the pot.

Thicken Broccoli Cheddar Soup Naturally

Believe it or not, the thickener in this gluten-free broccoli cheese soup is simply cheese. No flour, starches, or artificial thickeners are necessary for this one.

The heavy cream also reduces as it cooks, which helps very slightly with thickening. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend swapping out the cream with any kind of milk. It will work okay, but the result will be a lot less creamy.

Of course, the cheese does the majority of the work in thickening this broccoli cheddar soup recipe…

When I discovered that shredded cheddar works so well, I honestly wondered why I’ve never seen this before. Yes, it’s a teeny tiny bit thinner than a flour-thickened version, but it’s so much easier. And, it’s better for you, too.

No carbs, no fuss, and still creamy and delicious. That’s a win-win.

Why do so many broccoli and cheese soup recipes use some other complicated way of thickening, when it’s so much easier, healthier, and more natural to let the cheese take care of it? Not to mention it’s also more creamy and delicious to just have the cheddar thicken the soup.

More Reasons to Make Broccoli Soup

I like my low carb broccoli cheese soup with pieces of broccoli in it, but you could puree it if you prefer. It tastes fantastic both ways!

That little bit of variety is yet another reason to try it more than once. I’m curious to know how you like it.

You can even mix it up and puree half of it while leaving the rest as florets. This is an excellent way to get a thicker soup, if that’s what you like.

My 10 month old daughter loved the completely pureed version – quite an impressive feat, considering she’s the pickiest eater you’ve ever seen. That right, there, seals the deal on this broccoli soup. And, it’s why I make it practically every week, all winter long.

As a bonus, the cleanup is minimal after all is said and done. The only dishes you’ll have to wash are a cutting board, a knife, a single pot, a ladle, and your soup bowl. Can’t go wrong with a low carb soup recipe that has easy cleanup, too.

So, are you convinced yet? Why not give it a try and make some easy broccoli cheese soup tonight?

Tips for the Best Broccoli Cheese Soup

UPDATE: I’m thrilled that so many of you are making this easy broccoli cheese soup recipe! Along with my bacon wrapped asparagus, low carb cheesecake, and fathead pizza crust, it’s one of the most popular ones on the blog.

That being said, I also want to address any issues some people may be having. I truly want this to be your ultimate go-to broccoli soup recipe. So if you’re having trouble (or even before you start!), read these tips for best results.

For anyone that has problems with clumping during the cheese melting process in their broccoli cheddar soup, I have a few tips!

  1. Make sure the temperature is not too hot. This is super important! The heat should be very low when adding the cheese. If it’s too hot, the cheese can seize and clump.
  2. The broccoli florets should be small. The cheese tends to stick to larger pieces more.
  3. Use pre-shredded cheese OR add a de-clumping agent. The recipe works best with pre-shredded cheese that comes in a bag. If you shred a block of cheese yourself, or if your shredded cheese already seems clumpy to begin with, toss it with a little arrowroot powder or cornstarch first, before adding to the soup.
  4. Add only a little cheese at a time. If you dump all the cheese in at once, it will clump more.
  5. Stir, stir, stir! Keep stirring as you add the cheese.
  6. Backup plan #1: Puree it! If all else fails, just throw the soup in a blender (or use an immersion blender).
  7. Backup plan #2: Remove the broccoli first! Thank you to a reader for suggesting this. If you’d like, you can scoop out the broccoli florets before adding the cheese and set them aside. A large slotted spoon works best for this. Melt in the cheese, then add the broccoli back in afterward.

There you have it! As long as you do these things to ensure the cheese melts well, you’ll get the simplest, best broccoli cheese soup ever. 😉

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Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe – 5 Ingredients

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This easy, low carb broccoli cheese soup is gluten-free, healthy, SUPER CHEESY and needs just 5 ingredients. Ready in only 20 minutes!

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Easy Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe – 5 Ingredients

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This easy, low carb broccoli cheese soup is gluten-free, healthy, SUPER CHEESY and needs just 5 ingredients. Ready in only 20 minutes!

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servings (1 cup each) 20 minutes


  • 4 cups Broccoli (cut into florets)
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 3 1/2 cups Chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 3 cups Cheddar cheese (pre-shredded – see notes)

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute garlic for one minute, until fragrant.
  2. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and chopped broccoli. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes, until broccoli is tender.
  3. Add the shredded cheddar cheese gradually, stirring constantly, and continue to stir until melted. (Add 1/2 cup, simmer and stir until it melts fully, then repeat 1/2 cup at a time until all the cheese is used up.) Make sure to keep it at a very low simmer and avoid high heat, to prevent seizing. Remove from heat immediately once all the cheese melts.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 291 Calories from Fat 225

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25g 38%

Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%

Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sugars 1g

Protein 13g 26%

Vitamin A 23%

Vitamin C 69%

Calcium 35%

Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Net carbs per serving (1 cup): 4g


  • IMPORTANT: See my tips in the post above (before the recipe card) for best results when melting the cheese!
  • To make this low carb soup even healthier, try making it with grass-fed bone broth.
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cheese recipes – collection of 30 tasty recipes made with cheese. i get many requests of adding cheese based recipes. most of the recipes that i have posted here are after getting recipe requests for them.

there are many varieties of cheese available in the market. so for most of the recipes listed below, you can easily use cheddar cheese or processed cheese.

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collection of 30 cheese recipes:

1. cheese balls recipe – easy recipe of cheese balls made with potatoes, gram flour (besan) and cheese. for the type of cheese, you can use either cheddar cheese or processed cheese.

2. corn cheese balls recipe – easy and a no fail recipe of corn cheese balls. i have shared both fried as well as baked version of cheese corn balls.

3. cheese sandwich recipe – crisp cheesy grilled sandwiches with indian spices. instead of grilling these sandwiches can also be toasted in an electric toaster or a hand held stove top toaster.

4. cheese dosa recipe – this cheese dosa recipe works very well as an after school snack for kids or as a morning breakfast. all you need is some dosa batter and cheese. the toppings on the dosa like veggies, herbs can be of your choice. if you like dosa then you can have a look at this collection of 28 dosa recipes.

5. cheese chili toast recipe – tasty cheese toast spiced with chilies and ginger. an easy breakfast to prepare and serve.

6. cheese paratha recipe – easy to prepare whole wheat flat breads made with a spiced cheese stuffing. these cheese parathas are best served hot.

7. eggless cheesecake recipe – creamy and soft baked eggless cheesecake. this recipe is a baked version and does need an oven.

8. cheese masala toast sandwich recipe – a popular variety of sandwich which is also a mumbai street food. preparing these sandwiches are easy, but you do need to have coriander chutney and prepare the potato masala.

9. mac and cheese recipe – creamy, cheese macaroni pasta. macaroni and cheese is a classic american dish that is popular with everyone including kids.

10. mumbai style cheese chilli toast recipe – tasty toast sandwiches made with cheese, green chutney, green chilies and spices+herbs.

11. cheese garlic bread recipe – easy to make quick 15 minute cheese garlic bread recipe for the those folks who want a quick breakfast or brunch. use any bread and cheese of your choice.

12. eggless mango cheesecake recipe – no bake vegetarian mango cheese cake recipe made without eggs and gelatin.

13. cheese garlic naan recipe – no yeast cheese garlic naan recipe on tawa or skillet or stovetop. for the cheese, you can use cheddar cheese or a mix of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. apart from garlic, you can also add some herbs and red chili flakes to the cheese stuffing. if you like naan then you can also check these recipes of:

  • butter naan
  • garlic naan
  • naan recipe without yeast
  • whole wheat naan recipe.

14. cheese biscuits recipe – a delightful warm savory snack to be had with a hot mug of coffee or tea. these cheese biscuits have a crisp texture on the outside and are soft on the inside like bread. one of the best baked recipes, i have made.

15. cheese garlic toast recipe – easy and quick cheese garlic toast recipe made with freshly made garlic butter spread and cheese.

16. cheese straws recipe – quick and easy to prepare crisp cheese straws. this snack can be had anytime. they are addictive and one can go munching on them.

17. cheese capsicum sandwich recipe – quick & easy cheese capsicum toast sandwich recipe. these sandwiches are not spicy and hence kid friendly. they are fairly easy to assemble and prepare.

18. cheese biscuits on tawa – soft cheese biscuits made on stove top on a tawa or skillet. these eggless cheese biscuits go very well as a starter or even nice snack with tea or coffee.

19. cheese bread pakora recipe –  i have used cheese slices as a stuffing for the bread. you can also use the bread as it is without any filling. you can also have the combination of potatoes and cheese as the stuffing.

20. veg cheese toast sandwich – bombay style vegetable cheese toast sandwich. cheesy toast sandwiches.

21. cheddar cheese biscuits recipe – crisp, buttery and smooth whole wheat biscuits make a ideal option with tea or coffee.

22. corn cheese toast recipe – a simple and easy toast sandwich stuffed with corn which has been seasoned with herbs and cheese.

23. cream cheese sandwich recipe – grilled cream cheese sandwiches made with mixed veggies. you can add your choice of veggies like boiled potato slices or beetroot slices or capsicum or grated carrots or steamed corn kernels. these grilled sandwiches can also be grilled or toasted in a pan or tawa.

24. tomato cheese sandwich recipe – these grilled tomato cheese sandwich can be easily made in a tawa or pan. quick and simple recipe.

25. paneer cheese cutlet recipe – crisp and tasty melt in the mouth cutlets made with paneer and mozzarella cheese. these paneer cutlets are minimally spiced and have a soft cheesy, gooey texture inside due to the melted mozzarella cheese.

26. cheese naan recipe – this delicious cheese naan recipe does not use yeast and can be easily made at home with readily available ingredients.

27. paneer cheese toast recipe – an easy yet delicious toast sandwich that can be made are these cheesy, spiced paneer cheese toast recipe. the entire paneer cheese toast recipe is made on a tawa.

28. cheese garlic bread sticks recipe – bread sticks are a tasty cheesy snack made popular by the pizza joints in india. making cheese bread sticks at home is not difficult and with a good quality yeast, you can make bread sticks tasting better than the pizza joints.

29. cheese jini dosa recipe –  jini dosa is popular and delicious dosa variety from the mumbai street food scene. in jini dosa a stuffing of mix veggies like cabbage, carrots, capsicum are semi cooked in schezwan sauce, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and a few indian spice blends. grated cheese is also added. i have also shared few more dosa varieties which are popular as a street food snack in mumbai like:

  • pav bhaji dosa
  • schezwan dosa
  • schezwan masala dosa
  • mumbai style masala dosa
  • mumbai mysore masala dosa

30. cheese pakora recipe – a cheesy variation of pakoda are these tasty cheese pakodas. the crisp outer besan coating and the gooey cheesy melted cheese inside are contrasting textures in this recipe.

Beef chili mac and cheese! Chili-spiced beef, tomatoes, and onions mixed into cheese and pasta. Bake until bubbly!

Four-cheese lasagna! Ricotta, Parmesan, Mozzarella, and Fontina make this filling for this rustic, free-form lasagna. Fresh pasta sheets are best, but no-boil dry noodles can also be used.

This meat and cheese-stuffed stromboli will feed a crowd! Ham, salami, provolone, and mozzarella get rolled up in pizza dough. Easy to make, easy to share.

Tomato Pie! Fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and onions, topped with mixture of shredded cheese and mayonnaise, baked in a pie shell.

QUICK and EASY cheesy bruschetta chicken cutlets! Ready in 15 minutes flat. Canned tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan.

This asparagus quiche with fontina cheese is perfect for Easter brunch or a spring meal. The secret to really creamy quiche? Heavy cream!

Make-ahead alfredo cheese sauce! Ready in 10 minutes. Keeps for a week in the fridge and reheats quickly. Toss with pasta or serve over vegetables, potatoes, fish, or chicken.

Easy goat cheese bacon pops! Such a fun and festive appetizer for any party or holiday gathering. Make-ahead. Gluten-free.

Lacy, crunchy Golden Cheddar Cheese Crisps! Stress-free easy party appetizer. Ready in under 30 minutes.

Creamy, cheesy Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake with Parmesan, Mozzarella, and ham

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