Recipe: Vegan (Plant-based) Mac & Cheese

Nastasia Virvilis shares one of her favourite recipes for vegan macaroni and cheese.

Image Credit: Olichel

Mac and cheese is easily one of my favourite comfort foods. Although I’m not vegan, I try to eat as plant-based as possible and avoid dairy. Not only is eating plant-based better for the environment, it’s also generally better for you. 

I discovered this recipe on simpleveganblog.com over the summer and have been raving about it every chance I get. Even my non-veggie friends and family get excited when I make it. Although this plant-based version isn’t the cheesy mac that is traditionally served, it’s just as comforting, creamy and delicious (not to mention better for you and the planet!). 

Another bonus: it only takes 30 minutes to make. So it’s the perfect pre- or post- study dinner to comfort you during the colder winter months ahead.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni (feel free to use pasta without gluten) 
  • 2 cups potatoes (peeled and chopped) 
  • 1 cup carrots (peeled and chopped) 
  • ⅓ cup olive oil 
  • ½ cup unsweetened plant milk of your choice (the recipe recommends soy, but I think hemp and cashew and even almond are also great options) 
  • ½ cup nutrition yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp onion powder 

Method

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the directions (once it is done, drain and set aside). 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, boil or steam the potatoes and carrots until soft (approx. 20 mins). 
  3. Once the potatoes and carrots are done, place them into a blender with the rest of the ingredients (except the pasta!) and blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour the blend into the pot with the pasta until they are well-mixed together. 

Note: If you’d prefer your mac crispy, don’t hesitate to add bread crumbs on top. Just sprinkle them on the pasta and sauce mixture, and bake in a baking dish until golden brown. 

About the Author: Nastasia Virvilis is a law student at the University of York, and enjoys exploring plant-based recipes in her free time.

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