Vegan Mac and Cheese (dairy-free cheese sauce)

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This Vegan Mac and Cheese is a healthy, delicious and creamy dairy-free, plant-based cheese sauce mainly based on potatoes. It’s super easy to make and also perfect to make a pasta bake! 

mac and cheese vegan cheese sauce

Today I‘d love to share one of my favorite recipes with you – namely Vegan Mac and Cheese! Honestly, who doesn‘t love pasta in combination with a creamy and delicious sauce? And yes, you’ve read right! A vegan cheese sauce. Probably sounds contradictory, but with the right ingredients and perfect seasonings it’s possible.

mac and cheese vegan cheese sauce recipe

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Healthy Vegan Mac and Cheese

This healthy Vegan Mac and Cheese sauce is mainly based on potatoes, carrots, cashew nuts and a very special ingredient, that is – in my opinion – necessary for the taste – it‘s mustard! I’ve already tried the recipe without mustard but believe me, it’s not the same. For this recipe I used mustard in variety hot to refine, because I wanted it a bit more hot this time. But you can also use another type of mustard, of course. I personally always prefer products which contains neither preservatives n‘or additional flavours, because for me good ingredients and a perfect spice are very important.

Vegan Mac and Cheese

By the way, I have a special idea for you! When you buy mustard in jars, you do not only something good for the environment, but you can also reuse them for yourself or as a gift idea. I think to give away something unique or homemade is very special! Whether as decoration with a candle or as a jam jar for a homemade christmassy and sweet spread, as a selfmade snow globe, or as container for spices or even for your favorite cheese sauce (as I did). Such a mustard jar is so versatile. So, in my kitchen, a jar of mustard has always had a fixed place since already such a long time and should not be missed!

If you like this recipe, you may also like my Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce made of Cashews.

vegan mac and cheese - ravioli with vegan cheese sauce

And now let’s get to the recipe for my Vegan Mac and Cheese:

5 from 3 votes
mac and cheese vegan cheese sauce
Vegan Mac and Cheese (dairy-free 'cheese sauce')
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This vegan mac and cheese is a healthy, delicious and creamy dairy-free 'cheese sauce' mainly based on potatoes - it’s also suitable for gratinating 😉

Course: Basics, Hauptgericht, Lunch & Dinner, Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Bianca Zapatka
  • 400 g pasta uncooked
for the sauce:
  • 250 g potatoes
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 175 ml water of the cooked vegetables
  • 80 g cashew nuts optional cashew butter
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper powder
  • fresh parsley
  • red pepper flakes
  1. Soak Cashews for 4-6 hours (or better overnight). Then drain. (Optionally, you can also use bought cashew butter).
  2. Chop potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft enough to blend.
  3. In the meantime, cook pasta ‘al dente’ according to package instructions. Drain afterwards.
  4. As soon as the vegetables are soft enough to blend, remove them with a slotted spoon from the cooking water and blend them with 175 ml of that cooking water along with the remaining ingredients in a blender for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. (The consistency of the sauce depends on the amount of the liquid).

  5. Pour the sauce over your cooked noodles. (Heat up again, if you like).

  6. Serve your mac and cheese with red pepper flakes and fresh parsley in a pasta dish.
  7. As option you can place the noodles in a baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Did you make this dish via my recipe? Leave a comment and rate the recipe for other users! If you post a photo on instagram, use the hashtag #biancazapatka and tag me via @biancazapatka to make sure I’ll see it. I’m looking forward to see all your lovely creations! 🙂


vegan mac and cheese - easy recipe for healthy, vegan cheese sauce


  1. Tracy
    24. February 2018 / 12:15

    Where do the following in ingredients get added?
    about 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1/2 tbsp mustard
    1-2 tsp salt
    1 tsp red pepper powder

    • Tracy
      24. February 2018 / 12:16

      This ? is dor the mac and cheese recipe published in December 2017

    • fitness_bianca 25. February 2018 / 12:58

      Hi traci,
      These ingredients are for the sauce ?
      Bianca ❤️

  2. pia_mia_clean_food
    2. March 2018 / 20:29

    I have tried it out! And I’m so in love with this deliciously meal????

    • fitness_bianca 5. March 2018 / 11:38

      Hi Pia,
      So glad that you like the recipe!
      Thank you so much for your feedback❤️
      Much love,
      Bianca ?

  3. Elias
    29. August 2018 / 20:49

    The sauce is so creamy and has a real cheese-like flavor – indeed, the mustard makes it all ! I personally made a sweet potato-based sauce as I didn’t have any regular potatoes left but the result was still great I guess ! Plus I love cashews. Thanks for sharing ! <3

    • Bianca Zapatka 30. August 2018 / 17:38

      Hi Elias,
      So glad that you like the recipe! This is really my favorite vegan cheese sauce 😍
      Made it today for lunch, too 😋
      Thank you for your comment.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  4. Ghina Fleyfel
    11. September 2018 / 18:58

    The sauce is so yummy and creamy. It’s so easy and fast to make. What I liked most of it that it feels so healthy and light. The steamed water vegetable is essential in the sauce.

    Thanks a lot for sharing, I’ve been trying so many vegan mac and cheese sauce and non where as good as your recipe. You made my day thanks a lot.

    • Bianca Zapatka 12. September 2018 / 18:43

      Hi Ghina,
      Thank you so much for your feedback!
      I‘m so happy to read this.😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  5. Żaneta
    16. September 2018 / 19:46

    It’s my new obsession Bianca! I tried it this week and I’m amazed at how quickly it’s made. It’s unbelievably delicious! Thank you so much!

    • Bianca Zapatka 18. September 2018 / 18:53

      Hi Zaneta,
      Thank you so much for your positive feedback! So glad that you liked the recipe 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  6. Shana
    21. October 2018 / 12:45

    Hands down my absolute favourite vegan mac and cheese sauce ever!! I have tried so many different recipes and none have come even close to this one. So creamy and delicious, i love it❤

    • Bianca Zapatka 22. October 2018 / 18:37

      Hi Shana,
      So happy that you like it too!😊
      Thank you so much.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  7. Emma
    21. October 2018 / 20:07

    Is there a difference in using sweet potato instead of regular? Which do you recommend? I’m excited to make this!

    • Bianca Zapatka 22. October 2018 / 18:40

      Hi Emma,
      Of course, you could also use sweet potato. It’s super delicious as well!
      Have fun trying. 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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