Easy Cheesy Vegan Mac

Macaroni and cheese was always one of my favorite meals as a kid. Whether it was homemade or boxed, elbow pasta or limited edition character shaped, when it was mac and cheese night I knew it was going to be a good day. After adopting a plant-based diet, I searched high and low for a similar version of this dish. This recipe has proved to be a cheap, easy way to achieve that same satisfying and filling dinner I had when I was a kid.

I try to incorporate nutritional yeast in many of my dishes, whether it be for a little extra cheesy flavor on top of some veggies or to create recipes that mimic my old favorites like “cheesy” stuffed shells or this super creamy mac! I used penne for this recipe, but using shells and elbows provides an even more classic mac and cheese experience . Or, on the flip side –  pour the plant-based cheesy drizzle over some quinoa for a protein-packed twist!

Recipe: Easy Cheesy Vegan Mac

From Lauren Bossi at Plant Based on a Budget

• Servings: 2

• Prep Time: 5m

• Cook Time: 10m

•Ready In: 15m

Ingredients

• 8-10oz pasta of choice (I used quinoa penne)

• 1 & 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

• 2 T spelt flour (can sub for white)

• 2 T olive oil

• 1/4 t chili powder

• 1/4 t chipotle powder

• 1/2 t garlic powder

• Salt to taste

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to box directions.

2. Heat oil and flour in a saucepan on medium heat, whisking frequently.

3. Once fully incorporated, add milk, whisking constantly until a thick sauce forms — about 8 minutes.

4. Once combined, turn off heat and stir in nutritional yeast, spices and salt to taste.

5. Pour over prepared pasta and mix thoroughly.

6. If desired, top with red pepper flakes for a bit of added heat. Enjoy!

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72 comments

Robert N.
Rob Chloe Sam N10 months ago

Macaroni and cheese is one of the best comfort foods in the world.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus10 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Elaine Al Meqdad
Elaine Al Meqdad10 months ago

AAH, COMFORT FOOD, NOTHING BETTER!

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Maya B.
Sarah T10 months ago

I loved my Mums macaroni and cheese, I will have to try this, Thank you for sharing.

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Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud10 months ago

Ty

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Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud10 months ago

Ty

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Peggy B.
Peggy B10 months ago

TYFS

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Peggy B.
Peggy B10 months ago

TYFS

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S10 months ago

thank you

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Melania Padilla
Melania P10 months ago

Sounds good!

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