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Vegan Mac & Cheese

by chicisnatural
Vegan Mac & Cheese

I’ve always had a love affair with mac and cheese. That gooey, chewy, creamy goodness is like heaven to my tastebuds. So after deciding to vegan-ize my diet, it was only right that I set out to find a dairy-free version of one of my favorite foods.

But who knew that finding a decent recipe would be such a daunting task? I’ve tried out a lot (and I do mean A HECK OF A LOT) of vegan mac and cheese recipes I found online, but I wasn’t particularly sold on any of them as I felt that they were either missing something or were just plain unappetizing. I tried so many (and had so many disappointments) that I was beginning to think that my quest was futile. I was determined to make it work though, so I took some elements of a few recipes that I thought were the best of the bunch, and tinkered around with the ingredients and proportions to come up with this dish.

This vegan mac & cheese is a breeze to whip up and I think it tastes pretty damn awesome. I am now a happy camper.


  • 8 ounces macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup red or yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in the water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Drain water.

3. In a blender, process the cashews, butter, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, vegetable stock, dijon mustard and seasonings. Add softened vegetables and water to the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

4. In a large bowl, pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta and toss until completely coated, then spread mixture into a square baking dish.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly around edges.

Yields 6-8 servings.

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Andrea February 19, 2021 - 4:49 pm

If someone has a nut allergy what can be used to substitute the cashews?

Erica T Horton November 13, 2020 - 6:52 am

I doubled the recipe and absolutely loved it. It reminded me of mac and cheese from back home. I’m from New Orleans. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

Denaira Reed- Robinson November 9, 2020 - 12:07 pm

I need help!!! I tried it but it does not have a cheesy flavor that I am longing for! That sharp cheddar from Cracker Barrel ! What can I do?

Rachel Peyton October 25, 2020 - 4:00 pm

do you have anything to substitute cashews for the cheese, for those that have peanut, allergies?

Rachel Peyton October 25, 2020 - 4:04 pm

I love your video’s by the way. Everyday I am finding new possibilities.

Key Gray May 1, 2020 - 9:23 am

Loving that camel cardigan and that embroidered jacket😍
Excited to try this vegan Mac & cheese recipe!

Key Gray May 1, 2020 - 9:20 am

Loving that camel cardigan and that embroidered jacket😍

N/A January 25, 2020 - 8:09 am

You have convinced me to try Vegan. I always wanted to but was followed through because of the recipes. Great job! I’m in! Thanks and keep doing great things.
Mrs. J

Mrs. J January 25, 2020 - 8:14 am

Retraction… Mrs. J
You have convinced me to try Vegan. I always wanted to but but never followed through because of the recipes. Great job! I’m in! Thanks and keep doing great things.

Te'Koah May 9, 2018 - 1:23 pm

I tried this a few weeks ago and it was boooomb!! I added more nutritional yeast and some seasonings and I soaked my cashews just to make them easier to blend since I just have a regular degular blender. I am SO happy to finally have a substitute for mac n cheese that is delicious and satisfying…thanks for sharing Kim!!

First Week as a Vegan – 365 Vegan January 7, 2018 - 5:13 pm

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Nicole November 27, 2017 - 9:54 pm

Kim — I’ve been vegan for 3 months and I am always looking for recipes. I made this for Thanksgiving and it was so good. I’ll definitely will make again!

Eryn September 27, 2017 - 11:07 pm

How long can I store the mac and cheese in the frig you think? 3-4 days?

andy September 23, 2017 - 10:57 pm

Hi, have you lost any weight as a vegan?

Dominique August 19, 2017 - 12:31 am

I was wondering if you soak the cashews first? Thank you for this recipie, I can’t wait to try this.

nadya June 28, 2016 - 11:18 pm

wanna become vegan and you are helping me so much

journey m March 2, 2015 - 4:37 pm

im in the process of trying to become vegan do you have tips/ideas

chicisnatural March 3, 2015 - 12:31 am

Start off slowly and begin to gradually cut out meat and replace it with something else. There are a lot of great vegan recipes and foods, just do a bit of research to see what you think you will like.

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Another recipe that I need to try!
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I honestly should try this since I don’t eat many foods. This seems like a great recipe!
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Monique White February 26, 2015 - 1:20 am

Omg i wonder how that tastes, i loooove mac & cheese!

Amber February 25, 2015 - 11:08 pm

first off im definitly gunna try this recipe, im diabetic so I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately & trying vegan is one of my ideas to eat better & i love Mac & cheese ! Congrats on your youtube success & your blog. I’ll continue to support you & pray for your success!
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This looks very good! Even though I’m not vegan, I might try it…
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Jasmine February 24, 2015 - 1:03 am

Haven’t eaten mac & cheese for probably a decade now (elementary school tingz) but this recipe looks so grown up and surprisingly healthy. I’d be willing to end my streak to try this xD BTW congratz on the 600K subbies!!! I’d like to enter in your giveaway for the 100$ visa gift card! Thanks and pce
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Carla Green February 23, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Thanks for this post! I love mac n cheese as well and I’ve been researching alternatives and ways to mix up my diet after reading some disturbing things about animal food products. Also, for your giveaway contest I would love to win any of your prizes 🙂 they’re all fabulous. Thank you so much for your work and congratulations on 600k subscribers!

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chicisnatural February 23, 2015 - 3:05 pm

No, I don’t cheat and eat any meat, but I do sometimes eat things that contain cheese, milk, or eggs. I try my best to avoid it, but it’s a bit difficult to do when away from home.

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I made this for a potluck this weekend, it was super good and a crowd favorite

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. I would love to win prize #2 (the Chi Air Flat Iron). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter your give a away. Congrats on everything, can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

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Janelle Foster February 22, 2015 - 8:34 pm

This looks nice. I didn’t think you’ll have recipes for me 🙂 My daughter is allergic to animal products, so I’m vegan by default. She loves mac n cheese, but after realising that animal by products were affecting her, I can’t seem to find a really good tasting mac n cheese recipe. Will definitely give this a try.

Re the prize, I’m in love with the bags (Prize # 4)
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Melody February 22, 2015 - 5:19 am

That looks VERY delicious

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I am trying this!!!

I would love to win anyone of your YT giveaways except the flat iron ( I have a twa)

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Sounds really good. The picture looks good also.
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Rachel2beauty February 21, 2015 - 9:07 pm

This recipe looks so yummy, Thank God I seen this , it will help me a lot. Now I can enjoy healthy delicious comfort food.

Congrats again on getting over 600,000 subscribers, you deserve it girl , hope I can be as luck too!!
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tis4tweety February 21, 2015 - 8:28 pm

Now this right here i definitely need to cook up in my kitchen.
i love me some Mac & Cheese hunnie and to eat it in a healthier way?
Count me in darling 🙂
Again congrats on getting 600k subbies and congrats to many more
my YT name is: tis4tweety and i would like to enter for prize #4
thanks again & a big ole CONGRATS once more 🙂

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I am definitely going to try this recipe. Youtube name: classylady407

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Kamari W February 21, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Does it give you the cheese like taste?

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Malia February 21, 2015 - 3:10 pm

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Mia February 21, 2015 - 7:30 am

Mac and cheese is one of my favorite meals but I’m lactose intolerant so either avoid it at all costs or end up regretting eating it when my stomach hurts after. I’m hoping that this recipe will be the best of both worlds lol!

I’d also like to enter the giveaway and I would like the handbags. (youtube name: javychica)

faith February 21, 2015 - 4:44 am

love my vegan mac n cheese…i’ve never seen a recipe with dijon mustard, i will have to try that. My youtube name is luvnpeace and i would love to win either prize 5 or 6

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I love how down to earth you are! You’re very laid back yet professional! Love your new site! I’ll be sure to keep up with it! The Mac & cheese looks amazing! I’d like to win the 2 handbags! Thank you in advance!

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Sharanah Ridore February 21, 2015 - 1:46 am

Love me some mac and cheese! Will try this soon!!

For the giveaway:

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I would love prize number (5) Two pairs of shoes from Justfab

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I love finding new recipes and this looks amazing!!! I will be trying this soon!!

For the giveaway.. Youtube: iamourtoya
I would love to try the hair products and congrats!!

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jasmine February 20, 2015 - 4:02 pm

I looks good im also vegan and mac n cheese was the hardest to let go
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Rose February 20, 2015 - 3:34 pm

This vegan recipe seems to be so yummy. Basically almost all the recipes that you’ve posted on your website have been making me think about eating healthier and going vegan.. Thank you for inspiring !
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JAZZ.A.BELLE. February 20, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Cheese is my weakness. I don’t think I could ever be a vegan because of that but I will give this recipe a try. It does look delish. Sidenote: I would love those handbags! YouTube name: jazz.a.belle.

Taryn February 20, 2015 - 2:06 pm

That vegan Mac looks and sounds very legit. I wish I would have came across it back when I was in my vegan cooking phase. I’m Taryn Bell from YouTube and I would love prize #6, the gift cards. Thank you.

marciarra Hogans February 20, 2015 - 12:53 pm

This sounds delicious I been trying to find some vegan food I’m thinking about going vegan. The give away prize I would want to win is the #1 & #6… my YouTube name is Marciarra Hogans

Andrea February 20, 2015 - 11:25 am

Love anything about food. Have a dinner party tomorrow, mac’n’cheese is on the menu, too. I may use this.
Youtube name: andieph (prize# 5)

Amel February 20, 2015 - 9:19 am

It’s seems to be yummy

Jodi-Ann Powell February 20, 2015 - 8:38 am

I’ve stopped having meat almost 6 months ago for the 3rd time but I think this time I want to make it a permanent change. I also want to eventually transition to a vegan diet. This looks soo good and filling and still has the same comfort food vibe. Thanks for the recipe.

YouTube name: Brown_Sugah

Jodi-Ann Powell February 20, 2015 - 8:40 am

Ohh oops. Forgot to indicate the prize I’m interested in. I’d love to receive prize number 4

Alisha Michelle February 20, 2015 - 7:49 am

Ugh why can’t I just go vegan already!

vicky February 20, 2015 - 6:41 am

I love that I can relate to you fashion & diet wise. I don’t eat meat as well & most of my meals are vegan so I’m excited to see you post recipes. Thanks for this one 🙂
My YouTube name is vickycarol88

Jazmine February 20, 2015 - 6:32 am

I seriously need to tell my sister about this! She basically LIVES off of Mac and cheese. It’s good to see a recipe that is dairy free for me and delicious for her!
Loving the site , great job!!!

Ingrid February 20, 2015 - 5:58 am

Of course I looked at all the food posts ! I would love to hear more about your decision to go vegan. I’ve been thinking about doing the same myself but I love cheese. Definitely need to try this recipe out. Adding your blog to my Pulse feed right now !
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Malynda February 20, 2015 - 5:19 am

lol okay maybe i eont go completely Vegan, but make some major and minor changes to mt diet, i love me some mac n cheese! lol

Daniele E February 20, 2015 - 4:25 am

OMG I love the website!!!! Your website is indeed chic!!!!!!! And this Mac n Cheese is calling my name!!!

-You said in your video leave suggestions. its really little and not a big deal at all. When you click in the subscribe box to sign up for notifications you have to delete the words already there, they don’t clear away automatically.

-The Prize that would Like The shoes from Just Fab

chicisnatural February 21, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Thank you, I will have that fixed!

sarah February 20, 2015 - 3:32 am

I’ve been trying to stop bad eating habits and always wanted to try eating Vegan foods so this helps so much! Hope you have more recipes coming up. I hope I win this giveaway, I would love the Bags or 2 pairs of shoes from JF. My Youtube name is SarahLevv

Sharon February 20, 2015 - 2:51 am

I’m so excited 4 all that’s happening 4 u. I’ve been looking 4 heathy recipes 4 my son and I. Looking forward 2 try’n this Mac n cheese. Thanks!! May God continue to bless ur success!! Grateful 4 any prize.

Rinniqua Holley February 20, 2015 - 2:05 am

I would like entwine couture product pack. I’m going to try this tomorrow I love mac n cheese now there’s a healthy version best of both worlds yayy me.

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I Love the Food Posts! Please do more of these!
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-Any Prize !!!

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There maybe hope fore me going vegan after all. This looks and sounds incredible! Will definitely be trying it out this weekend.
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I’d like to win pizza #2

Tami February 20, 2015 - 1:49 am

Cheese sauce looks so good! Must try! Keep the vegan stuff coming! Great work

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alohaaaaa. my yt name is rhoda williams and i would love to win the CHI flat iron or the bags .
that recipe looks yumm btw

Josslynn Victorian February 20, 2015 - 1:00 am

Sounds good. Will try.

Jessenia James February 20, 2015 - 12:49 am

Hey my YouTube name is Jessenia James and I would love to win the first prize. The Mac & cheese looks really delicious I wish I knew how to cook so I can make it myself.

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Hi! My YouTube name is mydiggy101 but my user name is mz_swaggariffic. I would like to win the handbags from your giveaway. Best wishes in everything that you do and peruse:)

Tresa Muller February 23, 2015 - 4:29 am

Hello my name is Tresa Muller and even though I am not a vegan I like the idea of making mac n cheese another way. Thanks for sharing. For your giveaway I would love the shoes.