Mac and Cheese in a pan with a wooden spoon

Stovetop Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese [Nut-Free]

This super easy Vegan Mac and Cheese requires less than 10 ingredients and just minutes to make...and it's gluten-free and nut-free too!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chickpea flour, gltuten-free pasta, gluten free, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sherri Hall



  • Cook gluten-free pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, begin the sauce. Start by melting vegan butter in a 2- or 3-quart sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Make a roux by whisking the melted butter with chickpea flour until it resembles a smooth paste and has a nutty aroma (about 1-2 minutes). It should be golden to tan in color. If it starts to turn brown, it is burning.
  • Whisk in soy milk, followed by mustard, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Cook on medium-high until the sauce just starts to boil, whisking intermittently.
  • Turn off the heat, and whisk in nutritional yeast.
  • Allow to stand for 1-2 minutes to thicken up. Taste test and add more salt, if desired
  • After draining the pasta, add it to the sauce pan with the cheese sauce and stir. Mix in optional veggies if using. Allow to sit and thicken for about 1 more minute before serving.


*If after the sauce sits to thicken, it is too thick for your liking, you can whisk in additional soy milk in 1-tablespoon increments.
**If after the sauce sits to thicken, it is too thin for your liking, you can whisk in additional nutritional yeast in 1-tablespoon increments.
Leftovers are best reheated on the stovetop with additional soy milk added in 1-tablespoon increments if needed, but can be microwaved if necessary.