Put mac and cheese back on the menu! This healthy mac and cheese recipe delivers comfort food goodness without all the heaviness. The creamy cheese sauce is made with a base of potatoes and carrots and made cheesy through the awesome power of spices!

Healthy Mac n Cheese [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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6 cups


  • 2 cups peeled, cubed potato
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • Water for boiling
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil or your favorite oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika
  • 4 teaspoons mustard (Dijon or brown work well)
  • 1 teaspoon lower sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 8 ounces gluten-free elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups frozen peas or your favorite vegetables (optional)


  1. Combine the potato and carrot in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and transfer to a food processor or power blender.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the food processor and process for about 2 minutes, or until totally smooth.
  3. Cook 8 ounces gluten-free elbow macaroni according to the package in a large pot. If adding vegetables, cook/heat through as desired. Drain the macaroni and return to the pot. Stir in the vegetables and the sauce. Serve hot.


Makes 6 cups.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1559 | Total Carbs: 241 g | Total Fat: 61 g | Total Protein: 25 g | Total Sodium: 1464 g | Total Sugar: 6 g (Per Serving) Calories: 260 | Carbs: 40 g | Fat: 10 g | Protein: 4 g | Sodium: 244 g | Sugar: 1 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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