Vegan Mac and Cheese

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When you are hungry and looking for the perfect comfort dish, my creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese is just the answer!

Vegan Mac and Cheese

This recipe reminds me of my mom’s macaroni and cheese, that I grew up on.

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.

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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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Ingredients

For: 6 servings

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.
  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.

Recipe notes

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    I made a batch of the…ate 3/4. I wish I could saw I had regret and shame. I have neither. It was so good! And so easy to make! I added pepper, onion powder and some smoked paprika, but everything else the same! SO delicious! Thank you for sharing :)

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    Giving up dairy has been a challenge but I have made this twice and don’t miss the fatty cheese. It’s delicious!

  1. I was craving vegan Mac and cheese and stumbled on this recipe. I’m I made it last week and It was sooo BOMB!! Thank you

  2. We made this recipe last night for dinner with friends and we LOVED it! My boyfriend and I are vegan; our friends are not. They skeptically and politely tried the macaroni and ended up going back for seconds! It was a hit :) This will now be a staple in our meal plans!

  3. Hi! This recipe is absolutely delicious! I shared it with many friends bc I’m so excited to finally find a super yummy vegan Mac! Question, in thinking for entertaining how would you make it ahead? Could it sit in the fridge overnight and then maybe bake to warm the next day? Or warm in a crockpot? Thanks!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      I’m so happy you loved it Mandi and shared it with your friends! Somehow I prefer to reheat it on the stove top (adding a little water) because it tends to clump together and dry out when baked. The crockpot method sounds like the better option. Hope it works out.

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    Made it last night and it turned out great! I didn’t have red pepper, so I used some leftover baby carrots instead. YUM :)

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    Was a bit grainy for me, but I may not have pulses it enough with my food processor! However, I loved it and am very happy with this recipe! Am new to the vegan world and have been expiramenting with different recipes, and this will definitely be a go to on my list!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Hello Tami, glad you love it. Yes definitely need to process for longer until creamy. I especially love to make the sauce with my high-speed blender. When I used a regular blender I would process the sauce for at least 3 times or until the sauce was creamy.

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Thank you, Lesley, I’m so happy you loved it. Oh wow, love the idea of adding kale and steamed broccoli!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Cashew gives the sauce a rich, creamy and smooth texture. You can substitute with blanched almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cooked butternut squash, cooked potatoes.

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    Wow!! Just made this and it was amazing! Just the cheesy, creamy flavor I was craving! I put the sauce over medium shells and added peas. Delicious!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Diana thank you for your feedback, I’m so happy you are satisfied with my recipe, adding peas sounds delicious!

      • Love this, btw! I’m making it right now and I’ve made it several times. Add Trader Joe’s vegan chili and you have yourself a wonderful chili mac! Thank you for the recipe!

        • Michelle Blackwood

          Thank you, Melissa, for your feedback, I will have to try it with Trader Joe’s vegan chili. Sounds so delicious!

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    I made this tonight and added carrots and broccoli. The sauce was very good. I used black bean elbow pasta. Thanks for the recipe! Just found your site but I love it.

  4. Marisa Franca

    I can’t believe how creamy and cheesy it looks. I don’t normally make vegan recipes but this one is certainly tempting. I can’t resist anything that looks and taste creamy. YUM!

  5. Molly Kumar
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    This looks so delicious and I’ve not eaten a vegan mac-n-cheese till now. I’ve infact not at all tasted vegan cheese but your recipe is so tempting that I’ll have to try soon.

  6. Daniela Anderson
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    What a fantastic vegan treat, mac and cheese can only be pure comfort, and this is dairy-free too! Pasta is always a big hit in my family, I bet my little one would like this dish!

  7. Eileen Kelly
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    I am just loving this mac and cheese! Just recently started using nutritional yeast and I love it! I do not miss regular cheese. Can’t wait to try this tasty dish!

  8. Veena Azmanov
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    Oh we love pasta and I crave for Mac and Cheese so this looks like a perfect healthier option for me. Can’t wait to try.

  9. Stephanie@ApplesforCJ

    This looks absolutely amazing! Mac & Cheese is my weakness and I love this healthy version. Looks so creamy and I would love a big bowl of this. Can’t wait to try this soon.

  10. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    I do have some nutritional yeast…that I have used in popcorn seasoning. I will have to give it a try in a recipe and see how it goes. I am a cheese lover….so this would be new for me.

  11. Noel Lizotte
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    Who doesn’t love mac & cheese?! This is a great option for folks who have cravings but want to avoid certain ingredients. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  12. Adriana Lopez Martn
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    Nice mac n cheese, my grandson loves this dish if it was for him he would eat mac n cheese everyday =) thanks for sharing!

  13. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen

    I also love pasta, in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Basically, if I were Superman then pasta might be one of my forms of kryptonite.

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    I am so impressed by how creamy this looks knowing that it’s vegan! I love nutritional yeast on popcorn and have sprinkled it on pasta before, but combined with everything else here this mac and cheese looks heavenly! I will definitely be trying this recipe.

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      I second that… also never knew noni juice could replace nutritional yeast… quite creative once again!

      • Michelle Blackwood

        Thank you, I did that especially for my clients who live abroad and can’t get access to nutritional yeast flakes. It tastes exceptionally good with noni juice!

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