This plant-based mac and cheese is not only vegan but it's also oil-free, nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free. Made from a base of potatoes, carrots, nutritional yeast and seasonings, the cheesy sauce is 100% plant-based and easy to whip up in your blender. Mix with your favorite gluten-free pasta for an easy main course or side dish.Jump to Recipe
If you are looking for a vegan mac and cheese with no cashews, this is the recipe for you.
I chose to use this chickpea pasta by Banza for this dish which adds a great deal of protein, but you can use your favorite gluten-free pasta.
As an added bonus, this version is lower in fat than those typically made with vegan butter and store-bought vegan cheese.
How to make this plant-based mac and cheese - step by step
Add chopped potatoes and carrots to a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft.
While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, cook your gluten-free pasta of choice according to package directions.
Add nutritional yeast, almond milk, lemon juice, salt, ground mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder to a high-powered blender.
Drain the potatoes and carrots, reserving the cooking water, and add to the blender. Add ¼ cup of the cooking water to the blender.
Secure the lid and blend on high, scraping down the sides as needed, until the ingredients are well-incorporated and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
If the sauce is a little too thick, you can add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water.
When the pasta is done, drain and return to the pot or a large mixing or serving bowl.
Pour the sauce onto the pasta.
Mix until well-combined.
Ideas for serving
Enjoy this mac and "cheese" as is or topped with freshly ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, herbs or some hot sauce.
Personally, I love it with some fresh chopped chives and crushed red pepper.
You can also mix in your favorite veggies such as broccoli, peas, spinach or kale.
It's great on its own or served alongside some marinated tempeh, chickpea nuggets, sweet potato black bean burgers, Buffalo chickpea burgers or ranch chickpea veggie burgers.
Storing and reheating leftovers
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat leftovers in a microwave safe dish in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
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Plant-Based Mac and Cheese
- 1 ½ cup peeled and chopped yellow or gold potatoes
- 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
- 8 oz gluten-free pasta (I used Banza cavatappi; be sure to use soy-free pasta to keep this recipe soy-free)
- ½ cup nutritional yeast
- ¼ cup cooking water (plus 1-2 tablespoon more if needed)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- Veggies to mix in such as: broccoli, peas, spinach, kale
- Toppings such as: black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, herbs, hot sauce, nutritional yeast flakes, vegan Parmesan cheese
- Add the potatoes and carrots to a 2-quart pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft.
- While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, cook gluten-free pasta according to package directions.
- Add nutritional yeast, almond milk, lemon juice, salt, ground mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder to a high-powered blender.
- Drain the potatoes and carrots in a mesh strainer, reserving the cooking water, and add to the blender. Add ¼ cup of the cooking water to the blender.
- Secure the lid and blend on high, scraping down the sides as needed, until the ingredients are well-incorporated and the sauce is smooth and creamy (approximately 2 minutes). If the sauce is a little too thick, you can add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water.
- When the pasta is done, drain in a colander (rinse only if package directs) and return to the pot or a large mixing or serving bowl.
- Pour the sauce onto the pasta and mix in until well-combined.
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Thank you so much for this recipe!This is delicious!
Thanks so much Faith! I'm so happy you enjoyed the mac and cheese! 🙂
It looks so creamy and amazing Sherri! I love that yours ticks off so many boxes and is friendly for all! It's great that you can reheat this again for later, it would be so good for meal prep too!