Easy Cheesy Vegan Mac

BY : PUBLISHED : October 12th, 2016 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

fullsizerender-19Macaroni and cheese was always one of my favorite meals as a kid. Whether it was the 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!

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Easy Cheesy Vegan Mac

Lauren Bossi
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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 599 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 8-10 ounces pasta of choice ( I used quinoa penne)
  • 1 1/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons of spelt flour (can sub for white)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to box directions.
  • In a seperate frying pan, heat oil and flour in a saucepan on medium heat, whisking frequently.
  • Once fully incorperated, add milk, whisking constantly until a thick sauce forms (about 8 minutes).
  • Once combine, turn off heat and stir in nutritional yeast, spices and salt to taste.
  • Pour over prepared pasta of choice and mix thoroughly.
  • If desired, top with red pepper flakes for a bit of added heat. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 599kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 35gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 332mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 20gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 269mgIron: 12mg
Keyword dairy free macaroni and cheese, macaroni and cheese, vegan mac and cheese, vegan macaroni and cheese
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About Lauren Bossi

My name is Lauren Bossi; I run Track & Field at the University of Hartford in CT. I've got a passion for running and plant-based eats. When I'm not wandering around the aisles of the grocery store I enjoy cooking, baking, photography, pun-writing and tag-saling.

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