Vegan Mac & “Cheese” Recipe

Vegan mac & cheese in a bowl
There's something so deeply comforting about a bowl of pasta. Macaroni and cheese is one of the more difficult dishes to give up when transitioning to a plant based diet for many.
Fear not, because this Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe is here to satisfy those cravings. Despite being completely plant-based, it's every bit as rich, creamy, and flavorful as the traditional version. We'll be using a combination of cashews, nutritional yeast, and various spices to create a cheese-like sauce that's out-of-this-world delicious.
This recipe is perfect for a cozy family dinner, a potluck with friends, or even for meal prep during the week. Easy to make and incredibly satisfying, this Vegan Mac and Cheese is a dish you'll find yourself coming back to again and again.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Estimated Cost$15
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People
Calories 415.8 kcal

Helpful Equipment


  • 8 oz. Dried Elbow Macaroni (make sure it is vegan - chickpea pastas can be a good option)
  • 1 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked overnight and drained)
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • ¼ Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper


  • Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Ensure not to overcook the pasta, as you will be heating it again later after adding the sauce.
  • Drain the water from the macaroni and set aside.
  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, add the soaked and drained cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Blend until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, add a little more almond milk.
  • Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta in the pot, stirring well to combine.
  • Heat the pot over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mac and cheese is heated through.
  • Serve your vegan mac and cheese hot, with a sprinkle of extra nutritional yeast or smoked paprika on top if desired. Enjoy this creamy, comforting dish!


Calories: 415.8kcalCarbohydrates: 47.9gProtein: 22.7gFat: 19.4gSaturated Fat: 2.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.4gSodium: 468.7mgPotassium: 347.6mgFiber: 11gSugar: 7.4gVitamin A: 307.1IUVitamin C: 2.2mgCalcium: 217.7mgIron: 8.1mg

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