December 4, 2014

The Best Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe


Ok... I am not exaggerating, this is the BEST mac and cheese I have EVER had or made. It is creamy, cheesy, delicious and much healthier than a non-vegan version. It is also amazingly quick to make which is great for those "I'm-going-to-wear-trackies-all-day-and-not-see-the-light-of-day" kind of day. Seriously make this... you will not regret it!



   500g macaroni (reserve some of the cooking water)
   1 cup raw cashews
   1 3/4 cup soy milk
   1/2 cup nutritional yeast 
   big pinch salt
   big pinch pepper
   2 teaspoons corn flour
   2 teaspoons dijon mustard
   2 tablespoons lemon juice
   1 teaspoon tahini
   2 teaspoons SMOKED paprika (so amazing)
   1 garlic clove
   chopped parsley (to garnish)



  1. In a food processor or blender, blend the cashews, soy milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, corn flour, dijon mustard, lemon juice, tahini, smoked paprika and garlic. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste, and season with more salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Cook the macaroni as per package instructions and reserve some of the cooking water.
  3. In a frypan on medium heat, pour in the creamy mixture from the food processor and allow to heat. 
  4. Add the macaroni to the pan and drizzle in some of the cooking water to thin out the sauce as desired.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately. 
  6. Now, sit back, relax in your comfiest trackies and devour the whole pan. Enjoy!


18 comments :

  1. Yum!!! Should I soak the cashews first?

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    1. If you have a powerful blender you will probably not need to!

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  2. Mmmm....that sounds fantastic. I love vegan mac & cheese so much!

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  3. I will need to try this. I always miss Mac & Cheese with my new lifestyle and this might cure my nostalgia.

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    1. Hehe yes you should!! Soooo comforting :)

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  4. Hey! I made this for yesterday's dinner - and it was sooo great! seriously, I've tried some vegan Mac and Cheese recipes in my life - and this one is definitely the winner!
    The combination of the flavors: Genius!

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    1. Yay!! I am so so so glad :) It is really delicious... I make this a little bit too often. hehe!

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  5. Quickest, easiest, cheesiest, creamiest nooch based mac and cheese I've made! Love it, thank you. Made half the recipe and have enough for three meals!

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  6. Can't wait to make this. Is 500g of macaroni about 1 1/2 lbs? Thanks. :)

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    1. My trust calculator says 1.10231 pounds :)

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  7. So I have been following your website for awhile now, making a few vegan recipes here and there. As of the 1st of January I have decided to go vegan, and this was the first recipe I made on our first night of being vegan. I was a little nervous as I didn't think I could live without/give up cheese (I haven't purchased dairy milk, eggs, butter or margarine in about 18months so cheese was the only issue for me!).... but I decided to give your recipe a go and OMG I cannot tell you how amazing this recipe is! It is day 5 since becoming vegan and I haven't even thought about cheese, not with delicious recipes like this one! I have shared it with everyone I know, I just can't believe how good it is!!
    One question I wanted to ask though.... what brand of food processor do you have? I can't seem to get the cashews smooth, they still turn out grainy with little bits of nuts. I would like to invest in a decent processor that can handle things like nuts since I will be using a lot of your recipes from now on!! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I am really glad that you loved this :) I use a blender or one of the small herb processors... nothing fancy! For sauces like this you could just use a blender. Good luck!

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  8. I can't drink Soy Milk as I have Hashimoto's Disease. The Soy interacts with the medication, so Thyroid sufferers should not have it at all, is there another Vegan milk you think will be just as nice to have, thanks so much...

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    1. Hello! I would suggest almond, hemp, oat or rice milk :)

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  9. Where do you buy your nutritional yeast? I can't seem to find any anywhere ah

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