This Lessarella Cheez came from the 5 star “Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook” by Diana Fleming.
You can use this Lessarella Cheez on pizzas, to make lasagna, macaroni cheese, on the top of mashed potatoes when making a bean shepherd’s pie, on toast with tomatoes. You can make it thick and set it and cut it the next day or you can make it thinner and pour it over vegetables as a cheese sauce. I use this recipe most frequently as it has no nuts or seeds which makes it cheaper. However, if you can afford them, the recipes with nuts and seeds are so good for nutritional value.
Special Diet Notes: Lessarella Cheez
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- ⅓ cup quick oats
- ¼ cup arrowroot or cornstarch*
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- ¼ cup tahini (if you don't have tahini, you can use sesame seeds - tahini is sesame seed paste)
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- Optional: You can also add ½ chopped red bell pepper if you want to make the cheese more orange coloured. I like to do this.
- Blend all ingredients on high for one minute. Pour into saucepan and cook on medium, stirring constantly until thickened. Put into loaf pan or other mold. Chill overnight. Remove from mold and slice. Delicious on crackers, pizza or in sandwiches. For pizza or fondue, use half the amount of arrowroot.
can tapioca starch be used instead of arrowroot
I have a yeast allergy is there a substitute for the nutritional yeast?
There isn’t a direct substitute for nutritional yeast. You can try adding a little miso instead, to taste, but it won’t have the same cheesiness.
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that it’s not an even exchange between arrowroot and cornstarch. You want to use twice as much arrowroot to get the same results. Hope that helps!
This looks great!!!! Can I omit the oats?
It may work, but be sure to cool completely before covering / chilling and keep in mind that it might now set up.
Can you use this recipe for quesadillas? Should the cornstarch be left out?
I haven’t tested it myself, but based on what the author states, this should work okay in quesadillas, too. I would make the recipe as is, with the starch – otherwise it may ooze out too much!
Hi, this is my first try at vegan cheese, i’m a breastfeeding mom and I’m trying to eliminate dairy products from diet to see if that is what causes my daughter so many tummy troubles, i’m also italian and of course love pizza and lasagne, i was wondering if for lasagna use (and pizza) this cheese is going to melt even AFTER it has been set. Thank you in advance!
For all those asking to replace tahini: I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I use white miso to add the cheesy flavour to most of my non-dairy cheese creations.
You can buy it only or in an asian shop, just be sure to check if it’s vegan (some contain fish) and be careful not to use too much – it’s super salty.
I made this cheese about a week ago but didn’t need as much of it as I thought. There’s still a lot in the fridge. Can I freeze it? How long will it keep? Thanks.
It should freeze, but I’m not sure how long it keeps. Personally, I would only keep it for a few days in the refrigerator.
It will freeze, but the consistency is a little ‘grainy’ looking once it thaws. Still tastes good ~ just isn’t as smooth. Still works great for topping hot foods such as baked potato or steamed veggies.
Could you use cornmeal to make it solid instead of a spread? Also would that melt if you were to shred it ontop of a casserole after storing overnight? I will try it tonight and see how it fairs tomorrow morning on a pie dish. Could you post me any of your favourite dairy, wheat free recipes please?
Thanks this has been really helpful!
I couldn’t confirm that would work Kiz. I would recommend using a recipe with high agar content if you want to shred it.
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Recipe looks great…but I have both a nut AND sesame allergy. Is the tahini necessary?
A carnivore who’s thinking about going vegetarian/vegan
The tahini provides a unique bitter/pungent flavor, so the recipe will be different without it.
Hi there, I made this last night and though it taste great, it set as a spread and not a block. I stirred it till it was quite thick… What do you think happened?
Could adding some agar agar help in solidifying it?
Marie, I’ve gotten mixed feedback on this recipe in terms of setting up – some say it does, while others get a spread as you did. I do think agar would definitely assist in helping it set up, but does add a little gelatin-y texture (just a heads up!). For guidance, here are a few cheesy recipes that incorporate agar:
Hello–I have a tree-nut allergy (almonds and pine nuts, as well as peanuts, are fine) but I also cannot have tahini. Could I use something else to substitute the tahini?
Tahini gives it some of that tangy, cheesy flavor, so you would need to experiment a bit with the recipe. There isn’t really a direct substitute. Adding some lemon, salt, and nutritional yeast might help, but I couldn’t give you exact amounts without testing!