Soften your cashews by covering them in boiling water for 5 minutes. I do this by heating up water in my tea kettle, and then pouring the boiling water over the cashews in a large glass measuring cup. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, but do not overcook.
If baking, cook 1 minute less than usual. While the pasta is cooking, add the soaked cashews, 1 cup water, lemon juice, salt, nutritional yeast, turmeric and garlic powder to a high powered blender and blend until very smooth. When the pasta is done, drain it, rinse with cold water and return it to the pot. Stir in the cheese sauce, and serve. While the pasta cooks, preheat the oven to degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Make the breadcrumb topping by combining the breadcrumbs, earth balance and salt with a spoon or your hands. When the pasta is done cooking, drain, rinse, stir in the cheese sauce and then transfer to the casserole dish.
Sprinkle the vegan cheese shreds on top if using , then the breadcrumb topping.
Bake for minutes, not too long or the cheese sauce will dry out. Why is March my favorite month of the year? If he could have it his way he would live on tofu and peanut butter sandwiches alone. For years I have tried different ways to get him to eat more veggies, but he is a stubborn kid with jaws clenched tight. And this vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese is where it all began.
Vegan Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Preheat the oven to F. Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to boil. Stir in macaroni and boil until al dente, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain pasta through a colander. Set aside. In a smaller pot, bring 2 quarts of water to boil. Add sweet potatoes and carrots. Boil for 10 minutes, until vegetables are easily pieced with a fork.
Remove from heat and strain out the water. Set aside to let cool. Sneaky way to add some veggies! Thanks for that! Will be putting this in my permanent recipe binder. Absolutely loved it, so did our 4 year old picky eater! I love all the stories you tell, you are hilarious too. Enjoy the recipes they are simple and taste great. Thanks again Namaste. The bio nature pasta she recommends is awesome!
Thank you!!!! It was super thick and cheesy just like I hoped. I might opt for less nutritional yeast next time personally but even so it was epic and addictive! We love macn n cheese from veggie grill, i hope it will taste like taht. I make my own! Recipe here. My question is: I work in a school — one of our kiddos has a special diet, so we made everything gluten free so that he could participate in our Christmas feast!
Kid taste tested and approved. By far the best vegan mac and cheese recipe I have made. It took a lot of willpower to not Eat the cheesy sauce by itself. I soiod also like to add that i made this the night before with regular elbow pasta and gluten free elbow pasta. The texture upon reheating in the microwave the next day was still smooth. I recently turned vegan and gluten free due to some health issues and I have been struggling in the kitchen. I played around with your recipe a bit to adjust it to my taste mushrooms, parsley, onion instead of garlic and now I have one full and happy belly.
Thank you thank you thank you, excellent recipe! I will be stalking you from now on! If it truly is grams then maybe a serving size should be half the current size? I have discovered the holy grail for a southern not eating cheese. Certainly anything worth repeating. Absolutely delicious! In the beginning the cheese sauce was a bit thick i had to had more of the almond milk and I kept envisioning future sauce for baked potatoes, nachos, over steamed veggies, etc.
So I really felt like I hit gold! Your review made me laugh. All of these reviews are giving me hope! This is very creamy and satisfying. I love garlic, but it was too much for me, to the point where I may have to toss out the leftovers. Having said that I think the cheese sauce without the roasted garlic willl make a great cheese sauce for a lot of things, as others have said.
Thanks for a great recipe! Do you think tapioca flour would work? I have made this before for my classroom. We have a student with gluten sensitivities and a very strict diet and the kids loved it. I made it again and substituted water for almond milk and it works. I think I might like the texture better than with the almond milk, but I did add more nutritional yeast.
The parmesan was the same. I have made 4 vegan mac and cheese recipes.. Since going vegan Mac and Cheese is what I have missed and this recipe killed the craving! Came together in an hour just as the recipe says and was freaking delicious!!! Hi there! Is there anything I can substitute for that? Hi Samantha! Otherwise you could try subbing more garlic powder?
Also, turmeric as a more cheddar color colorant. How do you think this would taste if I used hemp or flax milk? Or can you recommend something other than almond, coconut or soy milk: I have to avoid those for 4 months due to sensitivity. What brand of nutritional yeast do you suggest?
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I have braggs and it has a strange aftertaste. Is there a way to make it without it? My boyfriend Nick and I just tried this recipe last night! So creamy and delicious. A few questions: Would hemp milk or rice milk or coconut milk work? Or can you buy vegan parmesan that is not made from nuts?
We are in the same boat. Has anyone tried making this with soy milk? This is one of my favorite go-to recipes! I made this recipe last week and it was so delicious! Will definitely stow this recipe away to make again! This was so delicious! I JUST made it! I halved the measurements since I was just making a serving for myself, but holy cats!
I had all the ingredients on hand and it was super easy. Thanks for this mac and cheese for the win! I made the last week and everything was going great until I added my ingredients into the blender. It almost had a chemical flavor to it and I was so disappointed to throw it away. Such a waste: Any ideas? Do you think this would freeze well? And out and would love to have a stash of this in my freezer! Hi Kara! If you give it a try, report back on how it goes: Have you tried freezing it? Would love to make this ahead to bring on camping trip, but not sure how freezing it would turn out!
Made this for Easter. This is such a great dish. Comes out just like the pics and was easy to make. Made this for Easter dinner for my non-vegan family and they all really liked it! We all thought the texture and consistency of the sauce was the best part, and I agree, it was perfectly creamy and spot on like a dairy Mac and cheese.
I thought it was pretty cheesy, the rest of gang thought it just tasted like a really good garlic sauce, but I will definitely want to make this again in the future!
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Thanks for the recipe! I made this tonight and it was so good!! I subsituted the arrow root starch for corn starch because I had that in the pantry and it worked well. This was a delicious, smooth, cheesy sauce. I skipped the pasta and used it on some steamed broccoli. Once you have your head of garlic roasted, this sauce from pan to blender is very easy and quick to make. The texture of the sauce was amazing. I made the regular version using flour. It was yum and creamy but wayyyyy too much garlic for my liking. Next time i will just add the roasted garlic and not add sauteed garlic too.
Made this over the past weekend and it was indeed delicious. Ended up adding extra yeast, salt, and pepper, along with some cumin, smoked paprika, and Dijon mustard… My husband said he honestly thought it was actual creamy cheese sauce until I told him otherwise.
Unfortunately I discovered that large amounts of nutritional yeast do not sit will in my tummy. I just made this tonight. We eat a lot of garlic, but a head plus 4 more cloves—it really overpowered the cheesy yeast flavor for my family. Has anyone made this with less garlic?
Can you smell my breath? Myself and my non-vegan family enjoyed this dish! I did not use any oil, instead using broth to cook the garlic, adding more than the 4 tbsp as needed. It did get clumpy with the arrowroot, but was perfectly smooth after blending leaving out the oil removes nearly calories and 56 grams of fat from the dish, which is awesome! If anything, I think more garlic would only make it even better! We generously added more vegan parm on top, along with paprika, and broiled it for a few minutes which made the dish even yummier.
We also used 1 cup homemade almond milk and 1 cup soy milk, and the consistency of the sauce was perfect. This is great if you love garlic, which I do. This was like a garlic alfredo sauce. My kids were not super impressed unfortunately. The texture of the sauce was fantastic, but I think my kids were looking for something closer to what they were used to before we became vegan. This recipe is phenomenal. I went old school and topped it with panko breadcrumbs and some tomato slices then popped it in a hot over.
Served with roasted beetroot and your basil pesto. Deffinately a keeper! Just made this recipe for the 2nd time. It was a hit with my vegan in-laws and meat-eating family alike. Great recipe that I will put in my recipe box. I sauteed the garlic with some shallot in veggie broth first then followed the recipe from there. Thanks for another great recipe!!!!! Made this last night and YUM! Thank you for sharing your recipe, my partner and I loved it!!! I would definitely recommend this mac and cheese recipe and will be making it again soon.
When I was putting everything into the blender, I added some dry Italian herbs and crushed red pepper. Any tips or comments to help with this dilemma? Has anyone tried this recipe without the garlic? If not, do you all think it would still taste good without it? Great consistency! We added a tsp and a half of Dijon mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper also Siracha if you want more spice.
You could try subbing more garlic powder? I am a newer vegan and so I am very determined to find delicious recipes for my family including my carnivore members especially that they love! I have made it twice, and the second time my 19 year old son had a friend here visiting and he loved it!! It is a huge hit and there are never leftovers. I am so grateful for your site and am researching it daily for my next amazing vegan meal! Could you freeze the sauce? I would like to make a couple batches a thing once and freeze to have on hand for quicker dinners.
Hi Allison! Let us know how it goes! I am allergic to garlic. This is an easy weeknight dinner recipe. I added some veg and it made a delicious dinner. Hi Dana. And easy to make! Makes me feel a lot better that there are options like this. Thanks Dana!! Helloo I made this for dinner tonigh — my fussy 4 year old said let me try a bite and wanted it for dinner over what I had actually prepared for him lol so yummy — I used brown rice flour instead of arrowroot. I made this last night for dinner and it was fantastic!
I ended up putting a couple dashes of chipotle hot sauce and it really bumped up the flavour. Will definitely be remaking this in the future! Thanks for this great recipe. I am a huge fan of baked mac n cheese with a crusty top. Could I bake this recipe at a low temp maybe degrees for about 20 minutes and still get a good result? Would I maybe need to increase the amount of sauce? Thanks for the quick response! I am going to try it this weekend. I will be back with feedback then! A couple things: We have a cashew allergy in our house so I substituted macadamia nuts to make the parmesan this time and it worked fine.
Can I use gluten-free xanthan gum instead of arrowroot? I also have cornstarch. Which would give a better texture? I was going to make this recipe as a meal for a friend. Do you think it would serve well baking as a casserole after the initial cooking? Say a quick reheat for 15 min? I have been looking for a good recipe for my wife as she is gluten and dairy intolerant.
She said this the best gluten and dairy free Mac and cheese she has ever had. I enjoyed myself. Made this today and everyone liked it. A good substitute for our family with dietary restrictions. Saved time. Another perfect recipe from Minimalist Baker!
BAKED VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE (+ STOVETOP)
Great for those comfort food cravings. Luckily the leftovers heat up wonderfully! So yum. Even better than a place in NYC i went to just to try theirs! Thanks so much, you rock! Looks so yummy! This one! I made this last night with some friends, and it turned out so well. Yummy, cheesy, and cruelty-free: Really great recipe, easy to make and delicious! I am on the fodmaps diet so replaced the roasted garlic with garlic oil.
I just made this for my 3 year old who demanded mac and cheese for dinner. I ruined the roasted gatlic and was short on arrowroot and vegan parm. And it was still freaking delicious. Ive tried several vegan cheeses and this may be my favorite. I need to make a huge portion of this for a party — how do I make it in advance? Can I combine all and reheat in the oven or is it best to keep the sauce and pasta separate? Need to know soon as this may save my butt for a weekend bash.
Hi Eva! You can really do either option, but if it is easier to make ahead and assemble, that will work just fine! I have also been trying to eat less gluten. Thanks for the noodle tip. This all looks and sounds very exciting! A lot of steps to make it, but none of them are complicated.
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Will be remaking this whenever my non-vegan friends come over! Thanks for the recipie. This was amazing…and versatile! Made the pasta and added about half of bag of frozen peas towards the end of cook time and sauted some baby bellas in olive oil and garlic and added to pasta after it was drained. Made the sauce as directed and added to pasta with a few good shakes of cayenne to spice it up a bit. Delicious, filling, comfort food. I imagine there are many sauted veggie add-ins that would be amazing asparagus, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach…. I made this for dinner tonight and WOW.
I absolutely love this mac!!! I also added breadcrumbs on the top…because breadcrumbs are life. I was wondering if I could make this in the morning and pop it in a baking dish then oven heat it for a luncheon? Should I make it a little juicier so if it absorbs it will still be saucy..? First time I followed recipe exactly. This time I will use a little less garlic. I love garlic but the flavor was a bit strong even for me! Recipe is definitely a keeper!
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Good luck! This recipe did not taste cheesy enough until I added So Delicious cheddar cheese into it. Not that I am saying this recipe is bad.