Vegan mac and cheese, made from scratch with super healthy and easy-to-get ingredients. It’s so flavorful, cheesy, creamy and ready in just 30 minutes!
vegan mac and cheese
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? It’s a classic comfort food recipe, but this version is also super healthy, so you can enjoy it on a daily basis, yay!
Just in case you didn’t notice, I have a thing with mac and cheese (this is the third vegan mac and cheese recipe I share on the blog). I didn’t eat it growing up, as it’s not a popular dish in my country, but since I tried it for the first time, it became one of my favorite pasta dishes and I make it quite often.
This version is made from scratch with just dried pasta and our vegan cheese (I omitted the cayenne powder and used plant milk instead of water this time), and ready in less than 30 minutes!
The classic recipe is made with lots of dairy products (butter, milk, several types of cheese) and really high in fat. Our vegan mac and cheese is much lighter, and you can also use plant milk or water instead of the oil to make an oil-free and low-fat recipe.
I didn’t bake my mac and cheese because I like it this way, I save time and money, and this version is also healthier and lighter. However, if you want to bake it, just read our tips to make vegan mac and cheese.
vegan mac and cheese ingredients
- Dried pasta – Any type of short pasta is okay, but elbow macaroni is the most popular kind. Use gluten-free pasta if needed.
- Potatoes – Any kind of potatoes is okay. I prefer to peel them, but it’s up to you.
- Carrots – I always peel the carrots when I make this recipe, to get a smoother texture, but it’s also up to you.
- Extra virgin olive oil – I’m Spanish, so I use extra virgin olive oil to cook most of my dishes. However, any type of oil is okay. I always use extra virgin oils when possible because they’re healthier. If you don’t eat oil, just use some water or milk instead. As oil is thicker, you’ll probably need to add a little bit less liquid.
- Unsweetened plant milk – Any type of unsweetened plant-based milk is okay. However, soy milk is my favorite one.
- Nutritional yeast – If you can’t find it, you could also use brewer’s yeast or even some beer instead of the milk.
- Lemon juice – Fresh juice is better. Store-bought is also okay if it’s made with simple ingredients.
- Salt – I always use Himalayan pink salt. Any type of salt is okay though.
- Garlic and onion powder – I haven’t made this recipe using fresh garlic and onion, but I think it’s not the same. The vegan cheese tastes better when you use both garlic and onion powder. However, you could use only one of them if you want.
tips to make vegan mac and cheese
- Feel free to add other spices like ground black pepper, paprika or cayenne flakes. And also other ingredients like tempeh bacon, breadcrumbs, jalapeño peppers, fresh of dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, etc.), or our vegan Parmesan cheese.
- You can also add the mac and cheese to a baking dish, top with store-bought vegan cheese and bake until golden brown. I prefer this version though, as it’s simpler and healthier, but super delicious.
looking for more pasta recipes?
- Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Fat-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Vegan Penne alla Vodka
- Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)
- Vegan Mushroom Pasta
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- 1 pound dried pasta (450 g), gluten-free if needed, I used elbow macaroni
For the vegan cheese:
- Boil or steam the potatoes and carrots in a large pot for about 20 minutes or until soft.
- In the meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Place all the vegan cheese ingredients in a blender (including the cooked potatoes and carrots) and blend until smooth.
- Mix the cooked pasta and the vegan cheese in the pot and if they’re both hot, serve immediately. If they’re not, reheat the mixture for 1 or 2 minutes and serve immediately.
- Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. To reheat it, add a little bit of milk if the sauce is too thick.
- Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
- Calories: 350
- Sugar: 3.4 g
- Sodium: 316 mg
- Fat: 10.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 53.9 g
- Fiber: 7.6 g
- Protein: 11.7 g