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Cheesy vegan vegetable bake with tomato, roasted veggies and cashew cream.

We are bringing you a comforting, veggie-packed, and easy bake today! Introducing Cheesy Vegan Vegetable Bake!

This roasted vegetable bake is saucy, savory, and features a delicious cashew cheese sauce browned to perfection!

Ingredients to make vegetable bake, zucchini, red bell pepper, spinach, and carrot.

No tofu or jackfruit in this bake, just vegetables and a flavorful cashew cheese topping!

We start by coating diced veggies with a drizzle of oil and spices: oregano, basil, cumin, and smoked paprika. Roast for about 40 minutes, stirring regularly until the vegetables are tender.

Baking dish filled with carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, and spices.

In the meantime, let’s prepare the sauce!

Blend soaked cashews (I usually soak them in boiling water for 30-40 minutes) with nutritional yeast, garlic, maple syrup, and vinegar. For an extra cheesy flavor, I added a couple of fermented tofu cubes, also called Chao, or fermented bean curd. If you don’t have that on hand, simply add more nutritional yeast and salt to taste.

Cashews in a blender with nutritional yeast.

Once your veggies are tender, stir in a handful of spinach, and the tomato sauce. Note: for people who have trouble digesting tomatoes, you could probably replace it with puréed roasted red bell peppers, or pumpkin purée.

Top with a thick layer of cashew cheese sauce and bake for another 15 minutes, or until golden brown! The cashew sauce will slightly thicken and get a light, almost airy texture. SO good!

Roasted veggies in baking dish with spinach.

This vegan vegetable bake is easy, flavorful, and makes a great weeknight family dinner! It can be served on its own, or with green salad on the side.

Cheesy Vegan Vegetable Bake with spoon.

Looking for more comforting and saucy dishes? Check out this Stuffed Tofu in Spicy Tomato Sauce, Tempeh Stuffed Buffalo Shells, or this Easy Parsnip & Carrot Bake!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Cheesy Vegan Vegetable Bake with cashew cream sauce.
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Recipe
Cheesy Vegan Vegetable Bake

Cheesy Vegan Vegetable Bake

5 from 4 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Easy, saucy, and cozy roasted vegetable bake with a delicious cashew cheese sauce!
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 1 hour
Total Time : 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 327 kcal

Ingredients
 

Cheesy Sauce

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cubes fermented tofu (add more salt and nutritional yeast to taste if you don't have it)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Vegetable Bake

  • 1 and 1/2 zucchini cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 5-6 mushrooms quartered
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3/4 tsp each: oregano, basil, cumin, smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 14.5-oz can peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • a pinch of baking soda

Instructions
 

Cheesy Sauce

  • Add the raw cashews to a bowl. Pour boiling water over the cashews and let it soak for about 40 minutes.
  • Drain the cashews and transfer to a high-speed blender. Add the water, nutritional yeast, fermented tofu, garlic, maple syrup, onion powder, white vinegar, and salt. Blend on high-speed for about 30 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Vegetable Bake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Add the diced vegetables to a 10×7 baking dish and drizzle with the oil. Add the spices and salt, and stir to coat the vegetables.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, stirring twice through baking.
  • In the meantime, add the peeled tomatoes with their juice, maple syrup, and baking soda to a high-speed blender. Blend for 3-5 seconds, or until roughly chopped.
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and stir in the spinach. It should soften very quickly due to the heat. Pour in the tomato sauce and stir to mix with the roasted vegetables. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Next, pour the cashew cheese sauce on top of the veggies and bake for another 15 minutes. Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before serving.
  • This bake can be served as is with a green salad on the side for a light meal, or with rice and/or your favorite plant-based protein.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 g | Calories: 327 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.8 g | Protein: 12.6 g | Fat: 20.1 g | Fiber: 5.9 g | Sugar: 11.2 g
Course : Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine : American
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal!
    1. It made my house smell like a delicious Italian restaurant.
    2. It had a nice variety of fresh veggies.
    3. Prep was super easy.
    4. The cheesy topping was surprisingly simple and delicious.
    5. Everything tasted really good all together.
    Thanks for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband made this for supper this evening, and it was cheesy and delicious! It was served with roasted herby potatoes and a big salad. We don’t have fermented tofu in the house, so he used more nutritional yeast, and also substituted onions for the mushrooms as we were out of mushrooms. All the ingredients, with the exception of the fermented tofu, are staples in this house, so it was easy to put together. This will definitely be added to our rotating recipes. Next time we will use the mushrooms and try to find that fermented tofu.
    We are brand new visitors to your site. And, I am a 63 year old Harry Potter fan who donated my Harry Potter cookbook that was gifted to me (twice) as the recipes were meat-laden and I realized I wouldn’t make most of the dishes and was somewhat horrified that Harry Potter faire seemed heavily dependent on animal products. Finding your Harry Potter recipes was an ultimate thrill! I am so happy. I cannot wait to indulge in your recipes. Thank you so very much for creating this beautiful site.

  3. 5 stars
    I threw in what veggies I had and then the cheese sauce and it was a huge success with my family! Served it with quinoa as well : ) Thanks a bunch!

  4. Question: When you say ‘cubes’ of tofu, here in NZ our normal blocks are 300g. Can you give me a rough gram amount please? The recipe sounds delicious and I want to try it!

    1. I meant 2 cubes of fermented tofu, which is different from regular blocks of tofu. It’s a condiment that is sold in a brine.
      You can simply omit it and adjust the saltiness to taste.