Here is my alternative. It's not the same, but a very tasty substitute. I know this because my non-vegan cheese loving friends loved it.
I also thinned out the sauce with a little more vegetable broth, added cooked broccoli, and made a mighty tasty Broccoli Cheeze Soup. Let me know what you think!
You'll need a food processor or high powered blender for this recipe.
1 C. raw almonds (blanched and peeled)
1 C. radishes (cut into chunks)
1 C. potato (peeled and cut into chunks)
1 C. carrots (cut into chunks)
1/2 to 1 C. yellow onion (cut into chunks)
1 C. broth (reserved from cooking the vegetables)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. garlic powder
salt to taste
1 T. extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Blanch and peel the almonds and put into a food processor with salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Pulverize until you get a very fine meal. Boil the radishes, potato, carrots, and onion in enough water to cover until tender. Strain the vegetables, reserving 1 cup of the broth. If making soup, reserve all the broth. Add the vegetables and 1 cup broth to the nut mixture and blend until silky smooth. Stream in the olive oil if adding.
If making soup, add more broth in small amounts until you get the desired consistency. Add cooked broccoli or other veggies as desired.
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