Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort dish! Anyone who’s ever considered ditching dairy has wondered how on earth they’ll get their mac and cheese fix. Well, we have good news for you. There are so many different ways to make dairy-free mac and cheese. There are veggie-based sauces, nut-based sauces, and so much more. You don’t have to miss out on your favorite foods. With so many options, you are guaranteed to find a way that works for you.
We put together 15 dairy-free mac and cheese recipes from our Food Monster App to help you get started!
1. Very Cheesy Mac ‘n’ Cheeze
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Seriously, if you love Mac N’ Cheeze, this recipe by Amber St. Peter‘s a slightly spicy, flavorful, much healthier recreation of the old favorite. Loaded with secret ingredient goodies like nutritional yeast, tahini, and turmeric, it’s worth more than you’d expect, too. The cheezy sauce is chock full of B vitamins and anti-inflammatory power just waiting to be gobbled up!
2. Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Spinach
In Sara Hohn‘s 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.
3. Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
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Cheeseburgers and mac and cheese are two of the most common comfort foods. On their own, they’re delicious. And together? Well, try out this Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese recipe by Gin Butters and you’ll find out! It includes macaroni pasta smothered in rich, creamy, and yes, life-changing, cheese sauce. Not to mention, a hefty portion of ground beef-style crumbles. Indulge away!
4. Butternut Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Julie Zimmer‘s rich, cheesy Mac and Cheese casserole is so warm and cheesy, but lower in saturated fat compared to the traditional dish. The secret is replacing the cheese with a sauce made from butternut squash and cauliflower, then folding in dairy-free cheese shreds so you still get that ooey-gooey texture. Yum!
5. White Mac and Cheese With Buffalo Seitan
Melanie Sorrentino‘s Mac and Cheese dish is easy to whip up on days you come home from work and school drained of energy. Let yourself be comforted by the creamy cheese sauce and the lovingly familiar flavors of buffalo sauce. All of the sauce-making and seitan preparing can be done in just the amount of time for the pasta to cook!
6. Creamy Golden Mac and Cheeze With Gomasio
Lexi and Beth Sinclair‘s Mac and Cheeze is best eaten… anytime! If you’re wondering what gomasio is, it is a delicious savory condiment typically made from sesame seeds and salt. Do yourself a favor and go order some. So much flavor. Check out the creaminess of this sauce! It’s incredibly easy to make. Simply soak cashews for 1-2 hours in advance, and then blend with nutritional yeast and a few other ingredients and spices. Cook your pasta, pour the sauce, stir everything up and top with toasted almonds, nutritional yeast, and gomasio and you’re good to go! You’ll have dinner on the table in roughly 20 minutes.
7. Sweet Potato Sage Mac and Cheese
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You are going to love Alexandra Caspero‘s twist on traditional Mac and Cheese. Macaroni pasta is tossed in velvety sweet potato-based cheese and seasoned with sage leaves. This earthy dish is bound to become a weeknight favorite.
8. Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese
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Molly Patrick‘s Extra Creamy 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.
9. Creamy Butternut Mac and Cheese
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For many of us, mac and cheese was a dinnertime staple. Rachel Hanawalt‘s recipe for Mac and Cheese swaps high-fat butter and cheese for more nutrient-dense butternut squash, cashews, and nutritional yeast. With all the ingredients combined into a creamy sauce, the recipe really does taste like mac n’ cheese.
10. Philly Cheesesteak Mac ‘n’ Cheese
11. Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon
If you love a little fire, something with a wow factor that’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, meet Gabrielle St. Claire‘s Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon. These awesome sandwiches are a foodie dream come true. It has multiple flavor dimensions — salty, savory, spicy, and cheesy — and if you want to add a little sweetness into the mix, add a drizzle of maple syrup to the Shiitake bacon marinade.
12. Mac and Cheese Toast With Fresh Basil Pesto
Mac and cheese sandwich? Yes! This toast by Lena Pfetzer is like a next-level grilled cheese sandwich. Pasta is enveloped in a creamy, dairy-free “cheese” sauce, mixed with spinach (or your favorite greens), and sandwiched between two pieces of toasted bread with fresh basil pesto. These indulgent sandwiches are the perfect game-day munchies.
13. Baked Mac and Cheese and Peas
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The crispy surface adds a lovely crunch to this Baked Mac and Cheese and Peas from The Veginner’s Cookbook! Of course, you can always swap the peas with your favorite vegetable or leave them out completely if you’re feeling more cheesy.
14. Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese
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This rich and creamy Smoky Cashew Mac and Cheese by Dawn Kriss is ready in no time. Made from cashews and a blend of flavors that amp up the cheesy, umami flavor like nutritional yeast, garlic, mustard, and smoked paprika, you won’t believe that this classic dish is dairy-free. Just cook the pasta, blend the sauce ingredients together, and heat!
15. Raw Mac and Cheese With Zucchini ‘Elbow Macaroni’
It’s safe to say that everyone loves mac and cheese, yes? Yes. Making Mariko Sakata‘s Raw Mac and Cheese that still satisfies this craving. This recipe will rock your world, hands down. It’s delicious AND nutritious, but it’s mac and cheese. Can it get better? If you can’t make both the flax crackers and coconut bacon, definitely make the coconut bacon.
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