Nutritional Yeast 'Parmesan'

"This is a vegan parmesan cheese substitute. Do not expect an exact replacement in taste - if you do you will be disappointed. However if you use it thinking that it is something that can be used in a similar way, you may be on to something..."
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Ready In:
1 jar




  • Grind all ingredients in food processor or blender until completely milled.
  • Store in glass jar in fridge for months[if it lasts that long].
  • Use over pasta, sprinkled over salads, or in any recipe where you would use parmesan cheese.

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  1. Geema
    You have just improved on my favorite popcorn topping. I always make popcorn, bake it in a low 200 oven for at least a couple of hours, then sprinkle on olive oil and lots of nutritional yeast, and a little salt. Now I'll have a nice jar of this delicious stuff to make the popcorn even better. Thanks.
  2. Yogi8
    This is my new favorite recipe! I love this stuff on pasta and italian bread sprinkled with olive oil. No, it doesn't taste just like parmesan, but has a wonderful, kinda nutty, flavor. The amount of salt in this is perfect, too.
  3. moxie
    Missy, I KNOW this is SO healthy, and I wish with all my heart I could like it. But I just could not embrace the taste. I tried it on popcorn, potato wedges and pasta, but it was not for me. I am glad you posted it, though -- it introduced me to a new food. I have been "hiding" the yeast in my morning smoothies since it is so very rich in nutrients.
  4. Sharon123
    I love the taste of this yummy seasoning! I will use it on popcorn too and yummy on baked potatoes!
  5. cpenner
    I tried this on spaghetti. To me it did not taste any different from just using plain nutritional yeast.


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