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Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

This creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac & Cheese is gluten-free, nut-free and oil-free too! Super easy to make in just minutes, this Vitamin A-packed dairy-free mac and cheese can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish.
Course Main Course, Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword dairy-free, mac and cheese, nutritional yeast, pasta, pumpkin, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 299kcal


  • 8 oz gluten-free pasta of choice
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened light coconut milk (you can use vegan half & half instead, but ensure the brand you are using does not have any oil in the ingredients to keep this recipe oil-free)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp non-GMO cornstarch (substitute arrowroot starch instead, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste, if desired (kosher or sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  • Cook your gluten-free pasta of choice according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, start the sauce.
  • Add pumpkin puree, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, salt, mustard powder and garlic powder to a high-powered blender.
  • Blend on high, scraping the sides as needed, until ingredients are well-incorporated (approximately 2 minutes total). Taste test and add more salt, if desired.
  • Transfer pumpkin sauce to a 2- or 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until sauce is thoroughly heated (approximately 7 minutes). If you stop whisking for too long, the sauce will start to bubble and will splash hot liquid due to how thick it is.
  • When the pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce. Stir to combine.



Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed due to variations in products/ingredients. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 5g