vegan mac and cheese

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Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese

In this article you will find a delicious vegan mac and cheese recipe that even non-vegans will love! Honestly, they probably won’t even realize it’s not vegan! The ‘cheese’ is made with veggies and kids love it; making it an easy way to get more of those nutrient dense veggies into them without them even knowing!

vegan mac and cheese

There are few dinner recipes that I remember my mom making when I was younger, but homemade mac and cheese was one of them.

The recipe she used was not vegan. There was a lot of cheese in it. Lucky for her, I was only vegetarian since I was 7, and didn’t transition to fully vegan til after I moved out. But she considered me a picky eater back then!

Still, I enjoyed the mac and cheese (as I didn’t know any better about the animal agriculture or how cheese came to be), so much so I knew I needed to create a version that I could still enjoy. That was also cruelty free, healthy, and vegan! (I know, it’s a bit repetitive…)

Keep reading to find a delicious vegan macaroni and cheese recipe, that even picky eaters will eat!

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How to Make This Baked Vegan Macaroni and ‘Cheese’ Recipe

You’ll want to start by chopping up your veggies and getting them starting to boil.

Then get everything else you’ll need out. This includes:

  • food processor
  • strainer
  • baking dish (either two round/ 8×8 square ones, or a 9×13)
  • and the rest of the ingredients

If you have kids, this is a great recipe to have them help with!

You can have them measuring out ingredients for the sauce and adding them into the food processor…while you keep an eye on the veggies, and straining them when tender!

The cheese sauce is actually pretty easy to make, add the ingredients for it;

  • nutritional yeast
  • veggie broth
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt (optional)

And then the cooked and drained carrots and cauliflower and process til smooth!

Mix in the Vegan ‘Cheese’ Sauce

Once the veggies are done cooking, go ahead and cook the pasta. We like to use elbows.

*Now would also be a good time to preheat your oven to 350℉.

You can use the same water as the veggies, if you used a straining spoon to drain the water off the veggies.

If not, no problem! Just boil new water and cook pasta as the directions say to on the box.

Which is basically;

  1. Boil water
  2. Pour in desired amount of pasta
  3. Cook til tender

Once the pasta is tender, drain it, and then mix in the ‘cheese’ sauce that you made in the food processor.

Bake it!

When the sauce and pasta is well mixed, pour all of the mac and ‘cheese’ into a 9×13 inch dish, or pour half in each smaller dish.

Top with enough breadcrumbs to cover the top, about a quarter to a half cup of breadcrumbs should be plenty.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes; breadcrumbs should be golden…or however you like your breadcrumbs!

Let cool and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use more or less breadcrumbs, as you prefer.

vegan mac and cheese

Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese

You need to try this baked vegan mac and cheese that actually tastes good! It's picky eater approved and simple to make; you're going to love it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots, cauliflower, pasta
Servings 8 servings
Author Shawna Clapper


'Cheese' Sauce

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2-3 carrots
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • cup veggie broth
  • cup water


  • 4 cups elbow pasta
  • ¼-½ cup breadcrumbs
  • a pinch paprika (optional)


  1. First, boil the cauliflower and carrots.

  2. Add the rest of the 'cheese' sauce ingredients into a food processor and once the veggies are tender, drained, and slightly cool, add those to the food processor and blend with the other sauce ingredients.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F

  4. Cook the elbow pasta til tender, then drain.

  5. Add the 'cheese' sauce to the pasta and stir well.

  6. Pour the mac and 'cheese' into the baking dish(es), add the breadcrumbs and optional paprika.

  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden.

  8. Let cool and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to use more or less breadcrumbs as you prefer.

If you don’t want to bake the mac and ‘cheese’, or only want to bake half of it and eat the other half without baking; feel free to do so. 

This recipe has been included by Twinkl among their top picks for 10+ Healthy (and delicious) lunch ideas for the whole family.

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