Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese that comes together in only 25 minutes for a simple meal any night of the week. Gluten free macaroni is covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. Serve with steamed broccoli or a side salad for a complete meal!
How is your weekend going guys?! How’s the weather there? It FINALLY warmed up here and Toronto is looking and feeling gorgeous. It’s funny how weather is so relative, it was 10C (50F) here yesterday and I wanted to wear ALL my Summer clothing (and eat all the Vegan Gelato). I remember when I lived in Ottawa (where the winters are particularly frigid and long), the first day the weather would hit above freezing there’d always be that one guy on campus already wearing shorts and a t-shirt, ha! #SpringInCanada #ItsOnly10Degrees
Cold weather, warm(er) weather… it all calls for COMFORT FOOD like this Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese that is ready in under half an hour from start to finish. I made this easy peasy Mac and Cheese for dinner a few weeks ago and I’ve been making it at least once a week ever since (and enjoying the leftovers for lunch the next day, ha!).
I mean look at that creammy and tangyy sauce…
Stir it all in…. look at that VEGAN CHEEEEEEEEEESE!
I use brown rice macaroni in this recipe but you can really use any pasta your heart desires with this Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese. I’ve been cooking more and more with brown rice pasta and I’ve been super impressed by the texture it yields in pasta recipes. I also love to make this Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese with pasta shells, penne or even rigatoni.
Sprinkle with paprika (I love to used smoked), parsley and panko bread crumbs to serve. If you whip this Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese up at home, leave a comment below or snap a photo and tag me #CearasKitchen on instagram – it makes my day hearing your feedback!
- 1 box macaroni or shell pasta (500 grams/17.6 oz)
- 2 medium russet potatoes, chopped (about 2 cups, chopped)
- 2 medium white onions, roughly chopped
- 5 cloves garlic
- ⅓ cup cashews
- 1 cup butternut squash, frozen and cubed*
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp miso paste or soy sauce
- 1 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- pinch yellow curry powder (optional)
- 5 splashes hot sauce
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Smoked Paprika
- Nutritional yeast
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook and drain macaroni while preparing the mac and cheese sauce.
- Add potatoes, white onion, garlic and cashews to a large glass microwaveable bowl (I use my pyrex bowl). Add about 3 cups of water, just enough to cover the ingredients, and microwave on high for 3½ minutes (see notes for stove top version). Add the frozen cubed butternut squash. Microwave in 1 minute increments until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork (the amount of time will depend on your microwave - mine took 6 minutes in total).
- Drain the remaining liquid from the vegetables. You can either use a high-speed blender or an immersion blender for blending. Add the vegetable broth to the vegetables and blend until creamy.
- Add nutritional yeast, tahini, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, miso paste (or soy sauce), paprika, mustard powder, nutmeg and hot sauce to the sauce. Blend until are the ingredients are combined. Taste and add additional salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Add a pinch of yellow curry powder if you want a bit of a kick!
- Pour sauce over cooked macaroni. Stir well. Garnish with panko breadcrumbs, smoke paprika, parsley and nutritional yeast.
2) Do NOT leave out the hot sauce - it brings the flavors of the sauce altogether.
3) Use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika for a "smokey" mac and cheese.
4) I leave the skins on my potatoes and just make sure to blend the sauce really well. You can peel the potatoes if you prefer.
5) This recipe makes a lot of sauce because I love my Mac and Cheese really saucy! If you prefer a "dryer" mac and cheese - store a bit of the sauce in a sealed container in the fridge. It keeps well and tastes delicious over vegetables the next night for dinner.
6) Stove top (no microwave) version: Follow the directions except boil the potatoes, cashews, onion and garlic over high heat until the potatoes are almost soft. Add the cubed squash and cook until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork. Drain and follow the rest of the recipe steps.