Amazing and easy vegan mac and cheese, made with basic pantry ingredients! This simple pasta dish is extra creamy, flavorful and comforting. It’s everything you love from mac and cheese.
Easy Creamy Mac and Cheese [Vegan]
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cup)
- 3/4 cup cashews, raw or dry roasted, unsalted
- 1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced (1 medium)
- 1/4 cup split red lentils
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt, more or less to taste
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1 package macaroni
- Broccoli or peas (optional)
Heat the vegan butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder and salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
Stir in the diced potatoes, lentils, cashews and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes or until the lentils and potatoes are well cooked and the potatoes are fork-tender.
Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook the pasta according to package's instructions. If using broccoli or peas, add in the last few minutes of cooking to cook until just tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Once the potatoes, cashews and lentils are done cooking, add to a blender, along with the nutritional yeast and white wine vinegar. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste and add more salt, nutritional yeast or spiced as needed.
Pour the "cheese" over the drained pasta in its saucepan. Stir together until combined.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Feel free to add more garlic, salt or nutritional yeast to taste. Taste the sauce and adjust as needed, keeping in mind that once it’s mixed with the pasta, the flavors aren’t as pronounced. The lentils are technically optional in this recipe. They add a little color and fiber. If you want to skip it, reduce the water. Try 1 1/4 cup of water and add more to the sauce if it’s too thick once blended.