Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese

When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, my creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese is just the answer!  It is the best vegan mac and cheese recipe and it is gluten-free and vegan. Firm pasta smothered in a creamy, velvety cashew cheese sauce with the option to add non-dairy store-bought cheese. 'Now that's what dreams are made of!'

Vegan Mac and Cheese

My vegan mac and cheese recipe reminds me of my mom’s macaroni and cheese, that I grew up on, so creamy and flavorful. It is by far the best vegan mac and cheese I have tasted and I have had quite a few.
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.


The Best Vegan Mac And Cheese

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.

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.

Note: If you decide to make vegan bake 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!

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Noni Juice can be used in place of nutritional yeast if is not readily available.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

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305 kcal / 1275 kJ
13 g
9 g
41 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

10 min
10 min
Ready in:
20 min
6 servings


Additional optional ingredients


  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.
  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.


Vegan Mac and Cheese

Michelle Blackwood

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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  1. Natasha V Medina
    October 5, 2019

    AAAAHHHHHH it loooks beautiful

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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


  8. Joanna McKinney
    August 28, 2018

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

    • 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

    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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.