Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese

This vegan mac and cheese recipe from scratch is the absolute best rendition of the classic comfort food but also good for you. It’s so creamy, cheesy and flavorful and topped with breadcrumbs and more vegan cheese.

Vegan mac and cheese
Vegan mac and cheese

INGREDIENTS

This is a simple pantry ingredient that you probably already have on hand!

  • Macaroni pasta: gluten free or regular macaroni both work fine.
  • Vegan butter
  • Vegan cream cheese
  • Pasta water or vegetable broth
  • Gluten free flour: or regular all purpose flour if you’re not gluten free.
  • Vegan milk: opt for plain, unsweetened plant-based milk. (Be sure to check the ingredient label as some unsweetened nut milks still contain vanilla flavoring!) Oat milk is neutral flavor and used this before and tasted great.
  • Nutritional Yeast: if you don’t like the taste of it, you can omit in the recipe.
  • Yellow or Dijon Mustard: it really brings the whole thing together with the mustard.
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegan cheese: we use shredded vegan cheddar cheese in this recipe. You can use a mix of cheddar and mozzarella, or one or the other.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Get your macaroni cooking in salted water. We use 1 teaspoon of salt for every 4 cups of water. Cook until al dente.
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it’s melted, add in the gluten free flour and whisk well until it forms a smooth paste.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk and 1/4 cup of pasta water, whisking while you add it, until no lumps remain. Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn.
  4. Whisk in the salt, pepper, paprika, cream cheese, mustard, nutritional yeast and vegan cheese. Vegan cheese takes a bit longer to melt and fully incorporate, so be patient and keep stirring! If you need, add another 1/4 cup of pasta water. After a few minutes of whisking over medium-low heat, you’ll have a super smooth, creamy, velvety cheese sauce.
  5. Add in the cooked macaroni and stir well until fully coated.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the mac and cheese mixture in a 9×13 buttered pan. Cover the top with panko or breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

This vegan mac and cheese recipe from scratch is the absolute best rendition of the classic comfort food but also good for you. It’s so creamy, cheesy and flavorful and topped with breadcrumbs and more vegan cheese.
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 468 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box macaroni cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water or 1/2 cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 2 sticks vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp flour or gf flour
  • 2 cups nondairy unsweetened milk
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp yellow or dijon mustard
  • 2-3 cups vegan cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Get your macaroni cooking in salted water. We use 1 teaspoon of salt for every 4 cups of water. Cook until al dente.
  • In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it’s melted, add in the gluten free flour and whisk well until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Slowly pour in the milk and 1/4 cup of pasta water, whisking while you add it, until no lumps remain. Let simmer for a few minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn’t burn.
  • Whisk in the salt, pepper, paprika, cream cheese, mustard, nutritional yeast and vegan cheese. Vegan cheese takes a bit longer to melt and fully incorporate, so be patient and keep stirring! If you need, add another 1/4 cup of pasta water. After a few minutes of whisking over medium-low heat, you’ll have a super smooth, creamy, velvety cheese sauce.
  • Add in the cooked macaroni and stir well until fully coated.
  • Pour the mac and cheese mixture in a 9×13 buttered pan. Cover the top with panko or breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Keyword Kid Friendly Dinner Ideas, Lunch, pasta, side dish, vegan

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