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Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese [Vegan]

This Mac and Cheese is the ultimate vegan Mac and Cheese.

It isn't some hippy dippy “cheesy” sauce mixed in with noodles, trying to pass as something that might be somewhat similar to something that resembles Mac and Cheese.

This holds its own among non-vegan Mac and Cheese recipes. Straight up.

Make it and tell me what you think in the comments below.

Extra Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

This Recipe is :

High Carb Vegan


4 - 6


  • 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (1 1/2 cups/ 240g)
  • 1 cup carrot, cut into 1/2 inch rounds (130g)
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced (1/2 cup/ 65g)
  • 2 cups water (470ml)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance spread (72g)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (40g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt (6g)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (45ml)
  • 3 turns fresh black pepper
  • 1 box (8 oz. / 227g) gluten free pasta (Garden Pagodas quinoa pasta by Ancient Harvest is my fave), or regular elbows.
  • Parsley for garnish


Cheese Sauce

  1. Place potato, carrot and onion in a pan,cover with 2 cups of water and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  2. After 20 minutes, turn off heat and add Earth Balance spread, nutritional yeast, turmeric and salt. Stir to combine until melted.
  3. Pour mixture into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, about a minute on medium. You may need to scrape the sides down from the blender a couple of times for everything to get incorporated.
  4. Add coconut milk to the blender and continue to blend until mixture is creamy throughout.
  5. Leave in the blender for now.


  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Strain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop from cooking. Return to pan.
  3. Turn heat on very low and pour cheese sauce over pasta.
  4. Add black pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Turn off heat and serve.
  6. Garnish with parsley.


It will seem like a lot of cheese sauce compared to pasta.
The pasta absorbs quite a lot of sauce so I like to err on the side of too much sauce rather than too little.


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Molly Patrick is the co-founder of cleanfooddirtygirl.com Molly is a food coach, specializing in healing people's relationships with food by focusing on how, what and why they eat. She has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University in conjunction with the T. Collin Campbell Foundation. Her popular Saturday emails have turned into a Saturday morning ritual for her readers around the globe.



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29 comments on “Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese [Vegan]”

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Cindy McCain
1 Years Ago

Has anybody made this without the Earth Balance? I am going to try it with yams. Do you need the russet or would a yam work?

Mischievous Raccoon
1 Years Ago

This is AMAZING. Although I subbed :

1/3 cup nutritional yeast instead of a 1/2 cup
no onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon tapatio (any sort of vinegar-based hot sauce will do)
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard

It was DIVINE!! My husband and I make this regularly now.

1 Years Ago

Thank you for providing this recipe; it is fantastic! I have served it to several non-vegans who love it too.

Jennifer Marie
1 Years Ago

Wow... this is easy to make and better than any dairy mac n\' cheese I have ever had... I am totally shocked! This was my first attempt at making any vegan cheese like recipe... I have a feeling any future recipes will be disappointing after this gem!

1 Years Ago

What are your recommendations for freezing or how long will this last in the fridge? Should I combine all of it and freeze (or fridge) as a combined item or should I freeze (fridge) the sauce separate and make the pasta fresh each time?

1 Years Ago

Could I sub out a sweet potato instead of the russet?

2 Years Ago

Are you supposed to drain the water from the potatoes, onions and carrots? We didn't and the sauce was very liquidy...Still good though!

Kate P.
11 Nov 2014

I made it without draining the water and let it sit while cooking the GF pasta, by then it had thickened up and was so creamy. Delicious! My new staple for comfort food! :-)

Jennifer Marie
16 Jan 2015

I didn\'t drain the water and it seemed like it was suppose to have that water in it. Very saucy but I enjoyed it
I also let it sit for over 15 minutes while I cooked the pasta and it thickened up

JP Case
2 Years Ago

I've been super-skeptical about vegan 'cheese' anything, but this was awesome. Family loved it. Comfort food without guilt? Who knew? What's next? World peace? Anyhow, this is great - just be sure you get the consistency right while blending. Nice work, OGP.

Molly Patrick
03 Feb 2014

Thanks JP! For more of my recipes, check out my website, boldvegan.com :) Molly

cynthia andrews
2 Years Ago

there is no cheese mentioned in the creamy mac 'n cheese

08 Jul 2014

there is no cow secretion/pus cheese, but all the ingredients combined in this recipe make a delicious vegan cheese sauce.

2 Years Ago

Delicious vegan food is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here's a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE Join the revolution! 21-Day Vegan Kickstart http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs


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