Vegan Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is the definitive comfort dish so to me it was incredibly important to create a version that hits all the right spots. This version is my all-time favourite.
A regular home-made Mac & Cheese recipe contains about 520 calories, 23g of protein, 15g saturated fat and an astronomical 78mg cholesterol. This recipe? 355 calories, 23g protein, 1.8g saturated fat, and ZERO cholesterol.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Global
Servings 6
Calories 355 kcal


  • 500 g whole grain or lentil macaroni elbows
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in boiled water for 30 minutes, water discarded
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 2 carrots peeled and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp miso paste any kind
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, fill a medium sized pot with water and bring to a boil. When water is boiling, add the onion, carrots and garlic and reduce heat to simmer until carrots are fork tender. Drain.
  • Add all the vegetables to a high-speed blender with cashews, lemon juice, water, sea salt, nutritional yeast, mustard, turmeric, and miso paste. Blend until very smooth, adding more water if the sauce is too thick.
  • Once the pasta is tender, drain and rinse it then return the pasta to the pot and stir through the cheese sauce. Season to taste and serve immediately.
Keyword plant-based, wfpb

Photos by Amber Asakura

Gabrielle is an evidence-based vegan coach who believes that health transformation begins when you switch to a plant-based diet. Her mission is to help midlife women eat in alignment with who they are and what they value so that they can lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

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