Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

Come to the vegan side; we have comfort food. You can still have the happiness that comes with mac and cheese; it just tastes better.

If you were a mac and cheese lover like me, then you will absolutely love this gluten-free and dairy-free version. Of course, nothing tastes like the real thing, but this version will surely hit the spot. It is nice to be able to eat something that is creamy without any dairy. It’s also great to be able to mimic the color of cheese with whole foods such as butternut squash. The blend of tahini, miso, squash and nutritional yeast gives this mac its cheesy consistency. If you are grain free, then choose to make this mac with lentil or chickpea pasta, that way it’s not only gluten-free but high in fiber and protein!


Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

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  • 1 bag of gluten free pasta (red lentil or Tinkyada brown rice)
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 cup plain almond or rice milk
  • 1 softened small or 2 cups butternut squash cut into cubes (can be steamed or roasted)
  • ¾ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon mellow white miso (or additional salt)
  • Black pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put the pasta on to boil, according to package directions. While it’s cooking, blend all remaining ingredients together in a blender.

2. When the pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving about 1⁄2 cup of the cooking water, and return the pasta to the pan.

3. Add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Add a little of the pasta water if more moistness is needed.

4. If the sauce is not as flavorful as you’d like, add a little more mustard and onion powder.

5. Place the pasta and the “cheese sauce” together in a large baking dish and top with brown rice breadcrumbs and bake in the oven for 10–20 (if you like the crispy baked kind).


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