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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Spinach [Vegan]

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In this mac and cheese recipe, sweet potatoes serve as the base to make the cheesy orange sauce that we all know and love. The spices and mustard balance out the sweetness, to create the ultimate mac.

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese with Spinach [Vegan]


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 pound dried pasta shells
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons white miso
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Poke a few holes with a fork into sweet potatoes and wrap them in foil. Bake until cooked through, about 60 minutes. When sweet potatoes are cooked and slightly cool, scoop out the flesh and discard the skins. Set flesh aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, melt the butter. Stir in flour and cook, stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes until mixture thickens. Stir in half the non-dairy milk and continue stirring another 2 minutes or so as mixture continues to thicken. Stir in sweet potatoes. Add in remaining milk, garlic, mustard, miso, cayenne, nutmeg, nutritional yeast, and salt. Continue cooking another few minutes until a thick sauce consistency is reached.
  4. Transfer sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. Place cooked pasta into the sauce pot. Over low heat, pour blended sauce over pasta and stir well. Stir in baby spinach and cook about 2 minutes until pasta is warm and spinach is wilted.
  5. Serve with freshly ground pepper.





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284 comments on “Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Spinach [Vegan]”

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8 Months Ago

I don\'t know if I\'d compare it to mac \'n\' cheese as there was far too much nutmeg.
Didn\'t have white miso so sub\'ed in some marmite which helped balance it a bit. Maybe it tastes much different with it.

It was nice but not sure if I\'d make it again - will keep hunting for alternative recipes. Though if I tried it again, would reduce nutmeg and cayenne pepper (though I didn\'t use full recipe amount based on BJ\'s comment!). Would also try the cashew cream sub - sounds delish.

10 Months Ago

I think this dish would have been perfect had it not been so spicy. If I make it again, I will reduce cayenne at least by half.

1 Years Ago

I just made this tonight for dinner. We don\'t do vegan butter in this house, not big on processed fats, so I subbed it for cashew cream. Delicious!!!

Jennifer Dearlove
2 Years Ago

Looks good.

Siobhàn Sarah Jones-O'Bryan
2 Years Ago

I wish I liked sweet potatoes.

26 Jun 2017

I did not like sweet potatoes before, but if you cook them the right way, you will enjoy the taste. It\'s not my favorite option yet, but in this recipe you will not taste them too much, you should try it.

Cecilia Öijwall
2 Years Ago

Julia Öijwall kolla!

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2 Years Ago

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Erica Bouttry
22 Jan 2016

Dope had meatless chicken patties last night it was great

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2 Years Ago

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2 Years Ago

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