This is the most effective Vegan Mac as well as Cheese dish I’ve ever before tasted. Tender macaroni pasta is thrown in a creamy cashew “cheese” sauce, developing an incredibly similar preference and texture to the initial.

Everybody who attempts this vegan Mac n’ Cheese likes it– even if they’re NOT vegan!

Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

What I love regarding this vegan Mac and also Cheese recipe is that it’s just as fast to prepare as the variation that can be found in a box with neon-orange food coloring.

While your pasta is cooking, you just mix the luscious vegan cashew sauce in a mixer up until smooth. When the pasta is done, stir in the sauce and offer! It does not get a lot easier or faster than that.

What is Vegan Mac n Cheese made from?

This sauce obtains its trademark “cheesy” flavor from a mix of dietary yeast, lemon juice, and salt.

Nutritional yeast, also sometimes called “nooch,” is a deactivated yeast, so it’s thought to be risk-free for those adhering to a candida diet. I use it in my cashew Parmesan and popular vegan queso, also!

Simply one tbsp of nutritional yeast can consist of up to 38 mg of niacin, which is involved in your body’s metabolic rate and also enzyme function.

Can You Make Vegan Macaroni as well as Cheese Without Nutritional Yeast?

The nutritional yeast contributes a “cheesy” flavor to this sauce, so I recommend utilizing it if you can for the most authentic taste.

Nevertheless, the sauce will certainly still be luscious and flavorful without it! It simply won’t have as much of a “tacky” flavor without it.

I such as to include turmeric to this sauce for its virtually neon-orange hue, and it additionally includes normally anti-inflammatory substances.

When you add just a little, you can not taste it whatsoever, but this component is absolutely optional if you do not have it available. (For another method to appreciate turmeric, try my simple homemade Golden Milk!).

Can Vegans Eat Macaroni?

It is very important to check the label on the bundle of your macaroni noodles, however a lot of pasta that I have actually stumbled upon is normally vegan. (With the exception of egg noodles.)

Entire wheat pasta, lentil & bean-based pasta, and wild rice pasta is normally vegan in my experience.

Make it Gluten-Free.
Considering that the cheese sauce is gluten-free, this recipe is normally gluten-free when you choose a gluten-free pasta to serve it with.

If you follow food combining, offer this cheesy cashew sauce over steamed cauliflower florets, pasta squash, or zucchini “noodles” instead of a grain-based pasta for a correctly integrated meal.



  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews 
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard 
  • 16 ounces elbow or shell pasta of choice 
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • paprika, for garnish


1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain the cashews if you saturated them. (This makes them much easier to blend.).

2. While the pasta is cooking, integrate the cashews, lemon juice, water, salt, dietary yeast, chili powder, garlic, turmeric, cayenne (if using), and mustard in a high-speed mixer and also mix till silky smooth. If the blend is also thick, include 2-4 more tablespoons of water as well as mix once again.

3. As soon as the pasta is tender, drain as well as rinse it, then return the pasta to the pot as well as mix in celebrity sauce. Season to taste and also offer cozy!

Dish Notes

1. Required a Nut-free Vegan Mac as well as Cheese? Try my Sugary food Potato Mac n’ Cheese recipe, or utilize my nut-free Vegan Cheese Sauce or Cauliflower Cheese Sauce dishes.

2. You might potentially make use of a nut aside from cashews, such as macadamia nuts or paled almonds, but keep in mind that alternatives could change the taste. Make certain to taste as you go.

3. I love adding baked veggies to this dish to make it even more of a complete dish. Try including baked broccoli as well as mushrooms for an extra delicious pasta recipe.

4. For a baked Vegan Macaroni as well as Cheese, pre-heated the stove to 350ºF while you prepare the pasta and also sauce. Pour the pasta as well as a sauce into a casserole dish, in addition to any kind of add-ins you like, and also cook till the leading looks dry, regarding 20 mins. Serve warm.

5. Uncommitted for the extra spices? Do not hesitate to neglect the chili powder, turmeric, garlic, or cayenne. I think they assist to provide this recipe a much more exquisite taste, yet you can keep it straightforward, as well!

Linda Barbara

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