Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Vegan Mac And Cheese is incredibly delicious, this recipe is the only one you will need. When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, my creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese is just the answer! Made from gluten-free vegan pasta smothered in a creamy, velvety homemade cashew cheese sauce.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

gLook no further, this is by far the best vegan mac and cheese recipe, it is so reminiscent of my mom's mac and cheese recipe. This vegan macaroni and cheese recipe is so creamy and flavorful. It is delicious served with Cauliflower Nuggets and Vegan Coleslaw.  

It is the only recipe you will ever need. I have been making it for many years and I have served it to thousands of people and it has always been a huge hit. When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, this creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese is just the answer!

The Best Vegan Mac And Cheese

I have tried lots of macaroni and cheese recipes over the years and I have been disappointed in most, they are either too tangy, too bland, too dry or totally miss the mark in flavor! My Vegan Mac And Cheese recipe

  • Cheesy – Combination of nutritional yeast or noni juice and coconut milk give this macaroni cheese a cheesy flavor.
  • Velvety- Cashews and coconut milk makes it velvety.
  • Creamy- Cashews and coconut milk shine here.
  • Buttery- Coconut milk helps to give a buttery flavor.

Vegan mac and cheese ingredients on a grey background

How To Make Vegan Mac And Cheese?

To make this easy vegan Mac and Cheese recipe, prepare pasta according to package directions, meanwhile, blend cashew cheese sauce. Mix with drained pasta, additional ingredients. You can serve as is or bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Note: If you decide to make vegan baked mac and cheese, you will need to make some extra sauce or add extra water/broth so it doesn't dry out.

I have added optional ingredients that take this already delicious Vegan Mac and Cheese out of this world. Make the Mac and Cheese as instructed in the directions below, then stir in vegan cheese shreds (Daiya or Follow Your Heart brands), mayo (Just Mayo brand), and butter (Earth Balance brand) or cream cheese (So Delicious brand), so yummy! Best served to skeptics and they will be blown away!

Vegan Mac And Cheese stirring in pot

Tips For Making The Best Vegan Mac And Cheese

1. If you are in countries where nutritional yeast flakes are not readily available (or you are allergic to it/dislike it) then substitute for the equal amount of noni juice and you will get that cheesy taste. 'This is what dreams are made of!' 

2. All vegan and gluten-free pasta are created equal because some gluten-free kinds of pasta are not firm enough or taste favorable when cooked. 

I recommend that you try a few different brands to see which you prefer. I have had great results with Barilla Pasta. 

Here Are Some Other Delicious Pasta Recipes For You To Try!

Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Nutrition

Energy:
305 kcal / 1275 kJ
Fat:
13 g
Protein:
9 g
Carbs:
41 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
10 min
Ready in:
20 min
For:
6 servings

Ingredients

Additional optional ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions until al dente. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Drain cashews and discard water. In a high-speed blender process cashews, water, coconut milk, nutritional yeast flakes, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, lemon juice, salt, cayenne until smooth and creamy. Add additional optional ingredients for an extra special mac and cheese.
  3. Pour sauce over pasta and stir to fully coat, add extra salt if needed. Cook on low until thickened.
  4. Serve immediately or transfer to a greased baking dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

Notes

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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153 Comments
  1. Nicole
    November 22, 2019

    I just love your recipes. You have helped me on my path to eating better. Vegan and gluten free. Cant wait to try this one. :)

  2. Kristina
    November 16, 2019

    The best vegan mac n cheese I’ve ever had! I’ve made this recipe three times now and it can’t be beat. My hubby’s favorite meal before we went vegan was mac n cheese and he loves this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 17, 2019

      Kristina, that’s so awesome, I’m so happy you and your hubby enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  3. Natasha V Medina
    October 5, 2019

    AAAAHHHHHH it loooks beautiful

  4. Philly
    September 10, 2019

    Yummy in my tummy…. wondering would the sauce freeze well to use another time …, I doubled the recipe… have a little extra

  5. Christina
    March 14, 2019

    This is my first time trying a vegan Mac and cheese recipe and I loved it!!! This recipe will forever be in my arsenal. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 14, 2019

      Thank you Christina, I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipe. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  6. Quesa Jones
    February 13, 2019

    Alright now Michelle! Still wowing me one recipe at a time! This was delicious. Truly a creamy, tasty treat!

    I am still waiting for your show! The networks are MISSING OUT!

    Can’t wait to say I told you so :)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 14, 2019

      Thank you Quesa, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, your feedback always inspires me. I really appreciate it.

  7. Yavette
    November 21, 2018

    Thank you for this! I used half a red pepper like suggested and i tasted a little too much of the red pepper. Is that typical? Did I put too much?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 22, 2018

      Next time use 1/4 cup. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Monica
    October 9, 2018

    Made this last night and it was AMAZING! I included the optional items and can’t believe how good it was. Now I know what dish I will be bringing to holiday events! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Jennifer
    September 21, 2018

    Can one make the sauce the night before and just cook the pasta and sauce together on the day?
    Going to a friend who doesn’t have a high speed blender, so would like to make the sauce at home and take it over… Please let me know

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 21, 2018

      Absolutely,enjoy!

  10. Joanna McKinney
    August 28, 2018

    Can you plz suggest how to substitute noni juice for nutritional yeast?
    Thx!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 29, 2018

      Joanna, 2 tablespoons or 1/4 cup noni juice is fine, just add it in place of the nutritional yeast flakes and blend with the remaining sauce ingredients.

  11. Karen
    July 25, 2018

    Best vegan mac and cheese recipe we’ve tried! So satisfying! The kids loved it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 25, 2018

      That’s so good to know, I’m so happy you all enjoyed it.

  12. Aaron Oliver
    July 13, 2018

    This is amazing! I’m a huge lover of Mac and Cheese, and I’m going to give this a try! It is sooo creamy!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 13, 2018

      Thank you Aaron, hope you enjoy!

  13. Chef Mireille
    July 13, 2018

    it looks so creamy and delicious – who would think it is vegan? but unfortunately I have nut allergies and cant eat cashews :(

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 13, 2018

      Thank you Chef Mirelle, substitute the cashews with sunflower seeds.

      • E.P.
        October 8, 2018

        Raw sunnies will give you a great sauce. I used to make sour cream with them. But lost the recipe.

  14. Charla
    July 13, 2018

    Never done vegan mac and cheese but will sure try your recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 13, 2018

      Thank you Charla, hope you enjoy.

  15. Immaculate
    July 13, 2018

    Been seeing a lot of vegan cheese recipes but non like this one, will be trying!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 13, 2018

      Thank you Immaculate, hope you enjoy!

  16. SHANIKA
    July 12, 2018

    I’ve been dying to try a vegan mac and cheese version and that looks so good! I love using cashews as an alternative, so this definitely works and it’s so creamy. Winner!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 13, 2018

      Thank you Shanika, hope you enjoy!

  17. Jazz
    July 12, 2018

    Definitely giving this a try! I wouldn’t have guessed it was vegan by looking at it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 12, 2018

      That is great Jazz, hope you enjoy it!

  18. Kim
    June 23, 2018

    Omg this is IT!!!! This is the recipe from a vegan restaurant in DC. I’ve been craving their delicious Mac and cheese. Now I don’t have to travel six hours to taste happiness. Yay!!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 23, 2018

      Kim. I’m glad I’m of assistance to you to be able to enjoy the best vegan Mac and Cheese recipe in the comfort of your own home.