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!
Today I‘d love to share one of my favorite recipes with you – The BEST 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, you can easily make it at home!
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 spicy mustard, because I really love the flavors. However, you can also use another variety of mustard, of course. I personally always prefer products which contain neither preservatives nor additional flavors, because to me natural organic food is very important.
By the way, I have a special idea for you! When you buy mustard in jars, you do not only help to protect 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 sweet spread or as a 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 and should not be missed!
If you like this recipe, you may also like my Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce made of Cashews.
And now let’s get to the recipe for my Vegan Mac and Cheese:
Vegan Mac and Cheese (dairy-free 'cheese sauce')Author:
- 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
- ½ tbsp mustard
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp red pepper powder
- fresh parsley
- red pepper flakes
- Soak Cashews for 2-3 hours (or better overnight), then drain. (Optionally, you can also boil the cashews for 10 minutes or simply use store-bought cashew butter).
- Chop potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft enough to blend.
- In the meantime, cook pasta ‘al dente’ according to package instructions. Drain afterward.
- 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).
- Pour the sauce over your cooked noodles. (Heat up again, if you like).
- Serve your mac and cheese with red pepper flakes and fresh parsley in a pasta dish.
- As an option, you can place the noodles in a baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes.
- This recipe was first published in 2017 (find the original post here).
- The nutrition facts are calculated without the pasta.
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