Pasta and Italian dishes are always a super popular choice in everyday family menu plans, no matter what time of year it may be. I love making a batch of my favorite spaghetti sauce from the fresh ingredients in my garden and serving up a hearty weeknight meal for my family. Spaghetti topped with homemade vegan parmesan cheese is one of our favorite everyday meals that is also a crowd pleaser for dinner parties and other special occasions.
A little sprinkle of cheese is often what makes the dish when it comes to Italian food, but if you’re eating dairy-free, this presents a challenge. You don’t have to lose out, though. My homemade vegan parmesan cheese is made from dairy-free ingredients, but still adds that salty little punch that is added to a recipe by traditional parmesan. Give it a try! You’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised about just how delicious it is!
- ¾ cup cashews
- 2 Tbsp pine nuts
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender.
- Pulse until the consistency of parmesan cheese.
- Sprinkle away! You can use this just like you would a traditional, homemade parmesan cheese!
You can use this homemade vegan parmesan recipe to top your pasta on spaghetti night or substitute it for traditional parmesan in any recipes. Give it a try in some of our favorites for a start!
Want a quick, easy appetizer for a party? Try Sam’s Easy Bruschetta with a little homemade vegan parmesan on top.
Need a hearty dinner for the family? Throw our Gluten-Free Crockpot Lasagna in before you head out the door in the morning.
You can even add it to Tuna Noodle Casserole for an easy weeknight meal.
There are many great reasons to avoid dairy, even in small doses like a sprinkle of parmesan. Even if you do not have a specific dairy “allergy”, consuming most dairy products isn’t always the best choice for our bodies. Most dairy products are filled with GMOs, hormones, and other additives which can cause or contribute to a slew of health issues. Finding vegan, dairy-free alternative choices like our homemade vegan parmesan can be a gamechanger when feeding your family!
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