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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

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So creamy and cheesy, this recipe might be the healthiest macaroni and cheese in the world. I've made it three times already... it is awesome! https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/12/09/vegan-macaroni-and-cheese/

Macaroni and cheese.

Okay maybe it’s my second favorite, after chocolate. But seriously, if you served me vegan macaroni and cheese every night for dinner, you’d never hear me complain. Not once. It is my #1 comfort food of choice, and many of my childhood holiday dinners went something like this:

  • Christmas Eve: Family eats lobster. Katie eats macaroni and cheese.
  • New Year’s Day: Family eats pork. Katie eats macaroni and cheese.
  • Easter: Family eats pink ham.

Katie eats…

macaroni casserole

MACARONI AND CHEESE.

It was probably the single most difficult food to give up when I went vegan, and as a former cheese-lover with very high standards, I’ve tried some pretty lousy vegan macaroni and cheese substitutes over the years.

Such as the mock-n-cheese from The Squeeze Food Truck.

However, I’ve also tried some really good vegan mac and cheese recipes! For example, Soul Vegetarian Café in Washington DC makes a vegan macaroni and cheese so authentic you will swear you’re eating the real thing.

vegan macaroni and cheese

When my friend Dreena sent me a copy of her new cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan, the healthy macaroni and cheese recipe, entitled “Mac Oh Geez,” was first to catch my eye, and even though it sounded complicated, I knew I’d have to try it.

It was well worth the effort! I’m not going to say this vegan macaroni and cheese recipe tastes exactly like real mac and cheese, but it’s just as good in its own right—creamy, cheesy, and comforting. I’ve now made the vegan mac and cheese three times and was even brave enough to serve it for Thanksgiving. (Remember this picture of my Thanksgiving dinner?)

No tofu, no cheese substitutes!

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

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Ingredients

  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups dry cut pasta (ex: macaroni, penne) (about 10 oz)
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews (see “nutrition facts” link below for a nut-free version)
  • 1/2 cup raw brazil nuts
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp (rounded) dry mustard
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice (preferably: unsweetened almond or soymilk)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • For breadcrumb topping:
  • 3/4 to 1 1/4 cups dry whole-grain breadcrumbs (See “nutritional info” link below, for gluten-free option)
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Couple pinches sea salt

Instructions

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Recipe: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Throw pasta into a deep pot of boiling salted water. While pasta is cooking, blend all sauce ingredients (ingredients 2-11) in a blender or in a deep bowl with an immersion blender. Once pasta is almost tender, fully drain (don’t rinse). Mix noodles with sauce, and immediately pour into a lightly oiled 8 x 12” baking dish. (It will look like there is a lot of runny sauce – it will thicken up, trust the pasta!) Mix breadcrumb toppings in a small bowl, then sprinkle over top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 17-18 minutes. Then, remove foil cover and bake another 5-7 minutes or until topping is golden brown and crisped. Don’t overbake or sauce will get too thick. Remove from oven and place vegan macaroni and cheese casserole on a hot plate (rather than on top of oven, since residual heat from oven will continue to thicken the sauce). Serve! For troubleshooting, substitutions, and nutrition information, see the following link:

*View Vegan Mac and Cheese Nutrition Facts*

healthy mac and cheese

Did you have any favorite childhood comfort foods?

Without a doubt, my grandmother’s macaroni and cheese casserole was my favorite thing to eat when I was younger. But I also loved mashed sweet potatoes, hot chocolate, and basically any kind of spaghetti or pasta. Still do!

Published on December 9, 2012

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  1. Kimberly Andresen-reed says

    I’ll be making it this week, I have everything except dry mustard, so I’ll pick some up this week. I’ve tried a couple different kinds of vegan mac and cheese and haven’t found a favorite yet, with cashews and Brazil nuts though, how could you go wrong?

  2. Christina says

    Yumm. Can’t wait to try this! I have some roasted butternut squash I might blend in with the sauce also, and maybe I’ll mix in some roasted broccoli for a broccoli/mac ‘n cheese. My stomach is growling just thinking about it. And of course all the Swiss markets are closed on Sundays…alas, tomorrow…

  3. Angela says

    Hi Katie!
    Great recipe and great idea–sound delish!!
    I was hoping you’d try something with using butternut squash puree as the basis of the cheesiness. Have you tried this out before or looked into it? It might also be a good substitute for the calorie conscious.I’ve tried versions of it before that I didn’t like as much…I thought if there’s anyone who could master the recipe, though, it’d be you!

  4. Dreena Burton says

    Thank you Katie for featuring my Mac Oh Geez! My mom’s mac was my comfort food as a kid… And ice cream (and that holds true today, just now they are all vegan)!

    I’m happy to answer any q’s your readers have, thanks for linking them to my site.

    Also, they may love the opportunity to get in on some holiday prizes, your post is perfect timing. I’m doing a week of reader appreciation prizes on my page, including a gift pack from my FAVE ice cream Coconut Bliss! Follow for fun *freebies*! https://bitly.com/UNZm6G

    Finally, I have to say Katie… that your photos look MOST like my mom’s own mac n cheese, you brought back a bit of nostalgia with your review. <3

    Plant-powered hugs!
    Dreena

    • Pixie @ Cheerfully Vegan says

      I have saved this recipe up on my tablet since Katie posted it. I didn’t want to forget to make it, despite being out of town and the holiday season getting nutty. I am SO glad I did. Man, oh, man!! This was spectacular! What if I hadn’t doubled the recipe? There would be no leftovers. My youngest teen boy couldn’t have eaten himself under the table (where I lie, moaning with a too-full belly, because apparently, I’m a mac and cheese lover/pig who finally found a vegan version worthy of the name mac and cheese!)

      Being me, I couldn’t leave it alone without some very minor tweaks. I used gluten-free everything – quinoa/corn elbows (3 8-oz. boxes), and breadcrumbs made from Deland’s millet-garlic-basil bread (which was THE icing on the cake, so to speak.). I used Earth Balance buttery sticks instead of olive oil in the crumbs and doubled the amount, because millet bread soaks it up. After blending the excellent cheese sauce, I tasted it and elected to toss in 2T. of nutritional yeast for the doubled batch. It deepened the flavor without overpowering the it like in so many vegan versions.

      My hat is off to you! Incredible recipe! This one is printed and will be made repeatedly!!!!!

  5. Emilie says

    For the calorie conscious people butternut squash mixed with nutritional yeast or those skinny cow low fat cheese triangles tastes exactly like kraft dinner. If you want it creamier without the cheese I’ve also tried PB2 mixed with nutritional yeast which also works really well. 😀

    • Eve says

      Hi:
      I am interested in trying the butternut squash, how much?? and how much nutritional yeast? when would you add it.
      Thanks

  6. Miss Polkadot says

    Haha, just today I was asking you whether you’d post this recipe soon. I’ll have to give it a try for sure! Fingers crossed my crappy hand-held blender won’t let me down.

  7. Ann says

    Katie and Dreena, this looks incredible. I hadn’t heard of that book, but with two kids at home and we’re all trying to go vegan, it might be the perfect book for us. I will have to check it out!

  8. Kate M. says

    Yumm! I love mac and cheese 🙂
    I was wondering if you (katie) or anyone else, has any go-to meals for vegetarians…I am having a hard time coming up with variety! And while I do love pb&j…I am definitely needing some different lunch and dinner ideas! Thanks 😀

  9. Carolyn says

    Loving that there’s no nutritional yeast! I’ll be making these when the kiddos are on winter break (my oldest kiddo is allergic to dairy and really, really, really misses cheese).

  10. Anonymous says

    Love this recipe and have made it often! People always ask for the recipe. My favourite variation is to sub tahini for the brazil nuts. Love the cheesy taste of tahini and it is sometimes easier to find than Brazil nuts.

  11. joanna says

    this is my favorite mac and cheese recipe! i made it about 4-5 years ago when i saw it on dreena’s blog and i’ve made it ever since. it definitely has a different texture than a typical cheese sauce but the nutty flavor is awesome.

    • Dreena Burton says

      Hi Laura, that’s the very reason I created this recipe – to make a mac that didn’t have nooch as the flavor component – b/c a lot of people don’t like it (my hubby included)! :-/ But, if you love it, feel free to add a few tbsps!

  12. Dr. Rebekah says

    I have a serious question…why, as a vegan, would you be trying to recreate non-vegan foods?? It baffles me why one would make a choice to eat nothing related to an animal but still try to make foods that taste like them. Not hating…seriously trying to understand the point of it!! Thanks for obliging….

    • Crafty Vegan says

      I can understand why that would baffle some people 🙂 Personally, I don’t eat animal products because I don’t want to contribute to the suffering of animals. But I have nothing against eating tasty food! If I can recreate something that tastes great, but doesn’t cause unnecessary suffering, then I don’t see a problem there 🙂 And I know a lot of people avoid animal products due to allergies, so it would be nice for them to still be able to eat the foods they miss =]

      • Anonymous says

        Pretty much what Crafty Vegan said. Many of use are vegan for both ethical and health reasons and many simply for ethical reasons. So if we can ethically eat the foods we used to love, then heck, why not? :). I know I sure appreciate being able to indulge in things like pudding, baked goods, mac n’ cheeze, coconut whipped cream etc knowing that it’s not only much healthier for me, but so much better for the animals. We all win! 😀

    • Dreena Burton says

      Hi Dr. Rebekah, I understand this sentiment, I became vegan almost 20 years ago, before all the vegan replacement foods were on the market. So, I created this recipe as a macaroni comfort food, with no intention to try to make it like a macaroni and cheese recipe – that’s why the base is made with nuts rather than using vegan cheese/creams – to give a very creamy, luscious, rich sauce that is delicious in its own right rather than trying to ‘be’ like a dairy-based dish. Like you, I have never felt the need to make vegan foods like animal-based foods… rather, I feel the need to make vegan dishes that are full of flavor, texture, and deliciousness, while still healthy! 🙂

      • Dreena Burton says

        Also, I must note that I understand when people DO want to ‘veganize’ something, just because it was a cherished food through childhood, part of their cultural traditions, or to transition into eating vegan with ‘familiar’ foods that are cruelty-free!

        • Susan Risdal says

          Deena, I agree. I’m not a vegetarian — I am allergic to any part of the cow. Also soy. I quit wheat to lose weight (lost 20 lbs in 2 months).

          Certain foods are “traditional” because generations of people have enjoyed the flavors. They are classics because the flavor appeal will always endure. Mac and Cheese is definitely one of those…probably the one I miss the most, even after 20 years of being off of dairy. Hmmm, the other one is pizza.
          Wonder how this recipe would work as a substitute for cheese on pizza?

          • Dreena Burton says

            It’s a very loose sauce, Susan, so it’s not a good sub for pizza. I do have a ‘cashew cheese’ recipe in LTEV that is great on pizza tho, plus a ‘vegveeta dip’!

  13. Melissa says

    I’ve been eating vegan for the last few weeks, and I think I may be a convert! I live in DC, and sadly, Soul has closed so I can’t try their mac and cheese. I’ll have to try this recipe for Christmas, though!

    • Lisa says

      Katie,

      I first want to say that I love your webpage and have enjoyed every recipe I’ve made from here! Thanks for inventing so many great recipes! This looks really good, but I don’t have arrowroot powder, do you think I could use cornstarch instead? Thanks!!!

    • Lisa says

      You should try the mac-n-cheez at Everlasting Life Cafe in DC. The all vegan menu is wonderful and expansive. The mac-n-cheez is legendary.

        • Lisa says

          A few weeks ago I went on a hunt for a recipe to replicate the EL mac-n-cheez. I think I found it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhulOmHr3Kc

          I am planning to make this for recipe Christmas dinner (or at least one day next week). I’ll let you know how it turns out.

          BTW – I found it amusing that you managed to get two different Lisa’s to respond to your original comment. Perhaps I should start going by Lisa (MD). In any case, I agree with the first Lisa. This is an awesome site. I just found it last night and stayed up until about 3:00 am checking out the recipes and comments. In fact, at 3:01 am I put the base for my vanilla ice cream in the freezer. I am on my way to Wegmans now to pick up the ingredients for the chocolate chip pie.

          This new vegan lifestyle is so exciting! I am having so much fun learning new methods and techniques. I would say my skills have started to exceed many items I’ve tasted at EL. Look out! There may be new vegan chef in the DMV metro area.

  14. April says

    Hi Katie! Great post! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try a vegan mac and cheese but I’ve never gotten around to it. I’ve found a lot of amazing looking recipes though! If you’re looking for an exquisitely authentic one, I definitely recommend Miyako from the Vegan Manifesto’s book, Vegan Artisan cheeses. She teaches you how to culture nuts and vegan yogurts using rejuvelac to make the most authentic tasting cheese! I’ve tried several of her recipes and my entire family was impressed with how real they taste! I haven’t personally tried the mac and cheese recipe in her book, but I feel very confident recommending it! 🙂

  15. Hannah says

    I LOVE mac and cheese. And, I have to agree that there are a lot of crummy substitutes out there. I used a similar recipe for Thanksgiving this year and loved it! I am definitely going to have to try this variation.

  16. Chelan Shepherd says

    I am so excited about this! I haven’t found a mac ‘n’ cheese recipe yet that doesn’t call for nutritional yeast (which gives me a headache). Thank you!

  17. Verenique B says

    mmm! i love macaroni & cheese!!! been have craving for it alot recnlty! this recipe looks delish!
    mmm childhood fav comfort food, would have to go with mac & cheese and chiken nuggets(the frozen kind you cook in oven) & fries
    wonderful memeories from my childhood eating these things i dnt eat hardly at all now

  18. Ricki says

    I have Dreena’s book, too, and I LOVE it!! I’ve made the Mac Oh Geez and swooned as well. I’ve never made a Dreena recipe that wasn’t fabulous! And what a great photo–now I feel like going and making it again!! 😀

  19. Dawn Laughlin says

    Makes my mouth water just looking at it!

    Katie….I think the next contest you promote should be a trip to one of our houses (mine) to cook for us (me) all day!! 🙂

  20. kimthevegan says

    Oh my goodness that looks so super tasty!
    My favourite “comfort” food for my childhood/teenage hood and well into my twenties was actually Kraft Dinner. And it was also the hardest thing for me to give up when I went vegan. I have a version I make, but I like the look of this for a nice change.

  21. Joanna says

    I love the name of this recipe! I also love using cashews and lemon juice as cheese subs (especially in vegan cheesecakes *wink, wink*).

  22. the 3volution of j3nn says

    I love when Mac n cheese is dense, like a piece of cake. That looks soooo yummy. I’m surprised there’s no nutritional yeast in it. Delish!

  23. Brandie says

    Yo! Firstly… I LOVE Dreena and can’t wait to try this recipe! Been waiting for the recipe… Secondly, and… I just HAVE to say this: Doesn’t it bother you to hear “Oh what is that, fake mac n cheese?” Or “fake” (whatever you’re eating)? It does to me. Because, yeah, I eat REAL food. It just isn’t ANIMAL food. I know you know what I mean… but, when you then write something like “it’s so good you’ll swear you were eating ‘the real thing’…” When what you mean is that “you’ll think you’re eating cow cheese”?? I hope this isn’t coming across too harshly!

    It just really bothers me to perpetuate the idea that food made animal products is “real food” and that somehow vegan alternatives are “fake”. Our food is just as REAL, it’s just made with different ingredients. And is loads healthier anyway! I’d argue to say that the recipes I make, with WHOLE food ingredients is more “real” than some of the stuff found in the packaged/boxed/bagged (mainstream) counterparts.

    Ok, I’ll step down now – I just had to share that opinion. And NO offense meant either – cause – you KNOW I love you Katie!!! Love love love love. 🙂

  24. Jewel says

    This recipe looks DELICIOUS! Katie, you are one of my favorite bloggers. I just made a new blog myself and linked to you, because I know my friends will LOVE your recipes. Thanks for such amazing content, all the time! 🙂

    –Jewel

  25. Alyx says

    Looks so delicious! 🙂 I will try it very soon! I was wondering if you could try to make a healthy pound cake?? I love pound cake, but it has so much sugar! Thanks Katie 🙂

  26. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur says

    There are so many fantastic recipes in LTEV that I’ve had trouble deciding which ones to make! The Mac oh Geez does sound very enticing, though, and your pictures make it look absolutely drool-worthy. I love that this recipe uses brazil nuts and cashews to lend creaminess, rather than the usual tofu or other soy-based product. I can’t think of any specific comfort foods from when I was younger – maybe soft pretzels with grainy mustard? Nowadays, sweet potatoes are definitely my go-to, along with chocolate, of course!

  27. Kristy Kat Creamer says

    I will very likely be making this sometime this week for myself. I only need to pick up the raw nuts. I miss mac n cheese so very much, YOU likely have an idea how much. I have tried several “cheeseless” versions, and yeah. They are nasty. What I am genuinely hoping for, is that I can fool my family. I am fully allergic to milk. They are all fine, and just feel sorry for me. This has turned out to be, albeit immensely difficult, a blessing in disguise. Homemade means from scratch more often then not now. It is most definitely better for my whole family. My children are getting more vegetables, as is my uber picky husband. Even shocked an uncle at Thanksgiving with a vegan pumpkin dip. 🙂
    I am hoping to be able to tell you to sing your friend praises from me. I’ll let you know 😀
    Thanks in advance skinnyminichocolatecoveredKatie!

    Kat Creamer

  28. Karen says

    Thank you for the cookbook recommendation.

    As much as I love your site, I am also interested in non-sweet vegan meal ideas, and this sounds like a terrific option as we limit our processed foods. I am making a trip to Barnes and Nobles today and will have to look for the book.

    Thanks Katie!

  29. Kelley says

    I would need to do this gluten free. I have a bag of Tinkyada pasta in the pantry. If anyone tries this with it (or any other GF pasta), can you post how long you boiled it before going into the oven? I’ve never baked with gluten free pasta before so not sure about the timing.

    • Dreena Burton says

      Hi Kelley, I always make this dish with brown rice pasta – all the time! You cook it until it is just about tender, then drain and combine with the sauce. There will look like there is TOO much sauce, and you will think I am crazy for creating a recipe that seems like it’s not going to work… but the sauce thickens and the pasta absorbs more of the sauce while baking! There are some extra notes in the full recipe, here: http://bit.ly/UvQiRI

  30. L. says

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this… My favorite child comfort food was Kraft Mac and Cheese. (But this seems MUCH healthier and cruelty free.)

  31. Jacque Foster says

    Sliced bananas swimming in heavy cream. I was really tiny and skinny, so my mom was always serving me things to (try to) fatten me up…try not to hurl, but this included liver & bacon, liverwurst sandwiches and the above, fruit swimming in whipping cream. To this day, whenever I smell real cream, I am transported right back into the kitchen of my childhood home. (I go out of my way not to ever smell liver or liverWORST, though still don’t mind the smell of bacon. And I still sneak real cream into my hot tea on occasion…don’t hate me. 🙂

  32. Camille says

    Yum!! Mac and Cheese is my FAV comfort food and I WILL give this one a try. I have a simple go to easy mac and cheese that I use:
    make a roux with margerine and flour–add in your fav milk (I like So Delicious coconut milk or Silk almond for this) until you have a thick white sauce — add in 1 heaping tablespoon on nutritional yeast and 1 tablespoons of dijon mustard–stir and pour over cooked mac–really yummy!

  33. Laura says

    Hi Katie!
    Just wanted to share some love. I first saw one of your recipes on my high school friend’s blog (lilveggiepatch) and have been following your posts ever since! Thanks for being awesome.
    Laura 🙂

  34. Lacey says

    I’ve been wanting to try recipes using the soaked cashew method and since I love mac & cheese I think I’ll start with this one!

  35. Lindsay says

    YUM! That looks amazing! I am not vegan, but love your recipes… I made mac n’ cheese with quinoa instead of pasta last week… I’m dying to try your recipe with the quinoa for pasta substitution!

  36. Métilde says

    Hi Katie,

    I was in a process of being vegan and I found your blog. Since then I can’t stop doing your cookies and pies (and I wasn’t so much a cooker before 😉 I had stop eating desert for so long because was always so affraid with the amount of eggs or sugar! But now, I’m enjoying it again!
    Thanks a lot and keep sharing nice and simple recipes with us. Happy to entered the book give-away and gonna see if I can find it i Ireland!

  37. Jenn says

    I cannot wait to try this! Thank you for all your great recipes…I’m about to go in the kitchen and make the eggnog protein shake for my son…and I sure hope I win the cookbook. 😉

  38. Kelly Dickinson says

    I’ve been CRAVING Mac n Cheese. I think it’s time to give in to it 😉
    Thank you so much for your recipes, you’ve made me feel so much better and have more energy. I’m an endurance swimmer and runner, and thanks to your recipes I haven’t been having trouble with my injuries! Thanks Katie!

  39. Karen Jung says

    Ooooo,this looks delicious! And sadly I haven’t made mac and cheese in ages upon ages, so I am going to have to change that lol. I’m def going to be making a trip to the store to pick up some ingredients! Can’t wait to make and eat it! 🙂

  40. Am says

    Cool! I am so glad you shared this recipe! It looks great, and I am really excited to try it! Macaroni and cheese has long been a favorite food. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway contest, too!

  41. Kristina says

    I’ve made a similar recipe to this before and it is magnificent! I add nutritional yeast to create a cheesier taste. I am also Gluten free and I can attest to buckwheat pasta working very well with vegan mac & cheese recipes! I like the suggestion of adding butternut squash too! Happy Vegan cooking 🙂

  42. Alysha says

    Looks amazing as always! I’m excited to make it and eat it with my university friends who are always eating Kraft Dinner Mac n’ Cheese. It will be so nice to be included with a dairy free, gluten free version that actually tastes good!

  43. Sabrina says

    My mom and I have been looking for a good mac and cheese recipe!!!!!! We’ve tried probably 3 different ones and they’re all ok but I’m so excited to make this tonight!!!!!!!!! FINALLY :D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Rebecca says

    That looks amazing! I usually just do daiya/cream cheese/nutritional yeast. SO GOOD, but I’ll be sure to try out your breadcrumb topping.

  45. Sara says

    I can’t wait to try this! I have Christmas tree shaped pasta and I have been waiting for the perfect recipe to use it with.

  46. Rita says

    This looks yummy 🙂 I’ve looking forever for a vegan mac n cheese recipe that didn’t need vegan cheese, because that is really hard to find in Portugal… and very expensive as well.
    I don’t know if I can enter the cookbook giveaway since I don’t live in the States, but I hope so. I can pay for the shipping if I win 😀

  47. Maleia says

    I have been a vegetarian for 7 years now and slowly have been incorporating vegan into my diet. I have to agree with you mac and cheese (or just cheese) is my number one weakness in switching over completely. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks Katie!

  48. MegP says

    This looks amazing! Using the cashews and Brazil nuts would give it such a nice texture and flavour. An added bonus that it can be made gluten free so easily too!

  49. Noelle says

    Omg looks delish! For a while now I’ve wanted to become vegan, but I love cheese soo much! However, after seeing this post it might not be so hard to give up after all 🙂

  50. Michelle says

    This looks awesome — I love the addition of nuts! It’s sad that you have to justify the nutrition in everything! If people don’t like the calories/fat/sugar etc, they don’t have to eat it! 😉 I suppose it’s better to address it beforehand instead of waiting for a criticism to pop up. Thanks for the hard work into putting nutritional info up. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  51. Bethany says

    I love the look of this! I’m recovering from Anorexia and cheese is a HUGE fear of mine! So this will be a good stepping stone to the real thing! Thank you Katie! You have come to the rescue once again!
    And the cookbook looks wonderful! If I don’t win, I might have to check it out of the library! 🙂

  52. Karoliina says

    Mmm, tasty. I substituted pecan nuts for brazil nuts, corn starch for arrowroot and used oat milk. It came out so good even my die-hard cheese eater man requested seconds!

    • Marionette says

      Did you substitute the arrowroot power with an equal measurement of corn starch, and did you do anything else to accommodate for this substitution such as baking time or tweaking other ingredients?

      • Karoliina says

        I used equal measures corn starch and didn’t change much else. Modified the bake time a bit because I used oat pasta, and that cooks in half the time.

  53. Nicole says

    Being gluten free and vegan I’m always looking for good reciepes that I can tweak. Killer mac n cheese is so hard to find.

  54. Christine D says

    This recipe just could be what I was looking for… I just figured out that my 16-month old is allergic to dairy but his favorite non-broccoli food is mac and cheese. Now he can still have it! (He is not allergic to nuts, thankfully.) Thank you for sharing!

  55. Emily says

    This looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try it out. I always have trouble finding recipes that I can make with two of my best friends that are vegan. Another reason why I love your site!

  56. Jackie says

    My family is vegetarian, but I try to sneak in vegan recipes as often as possible. I’d love to own a copy of this cookbook!

  57. Kaitlyn says

    This looks good… but I’m still skeptical about not real cheese. I tried a similar recipe once that had cashews, soymilk, and nutritional yeast and I ended up having to throw it out (which I hate doing and never do!). At the time I thought it might have been the soymilk that I didn’t like in that recipe (I like soymilk plain and in other things, but perhaps it added a weird flavor to the sauce)? Yours looks so good though… I think I might give it one more shot! (Also, I’d love to win that cookbook!)

  58. Emily says

    This sounds so good! Can’t wait to try it! I love experimenting with different vegan macaroni and cheese recipes, and this one is unique because there’s no nutritional yeast- the ones that I’ve tried always have NY as the main ingredient for the sauce!

  59. Katie G. says

    Over the past several months, I’ve been flirting with the vegan diet. It’s better for our bodies, the planet, and animals. I know this, and yet I’ve had a hard time focusing on it and giving up some of the foods I love. Next to pizza, macaroni and cheese has been the hardest to give up. I’ve tried a couple of vegan mac and cheese recipes that were edible but not all that great. I’m definitely excited to try this one, especially because of the lack of nooch. If this is as delicious as it seems like it will be, I might have also found a way to convince my boyfriend to make the switch with me. 😀

  60. Le says

    It really looks delicious! I’ve never tried Brazil nuts but I do have a jar of tahini in my pantry waiting to be opened and I might just have to try the nut-free version first, which also sounds really good!

  61. Rosalie says

    This looks awesome! I was just going to ask if there was something I could sub for the Brazil nuts and then I realized that Dreena herself already answered this question. I love a vegan creamy-ish pasta dish.

  62. Jill Valgos says

    I’ve been looking for a non dairy Mac and cheese for my son. This looks like it may be it ! Can’t wait to try it out.

  63. Susan says

    This looks awesome! I was surprised there was no nooch but I’m thinking that this may actually make it more appealing to omnis. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  64. Gi says

    Your friend was very generous in letting us peek through her book… but it surely enhanced our curiosity!!
    Can’t wait to see if i’ll be able to win this giveaway… (:

  65. Julianna Perkins says

    this looks amazing!! I totally missed mac and cheese when i went vegan, I have got to try this! Once again you have my mouth watering!!

  66. Dana says

    I’m so intrigued by the idea of making mac and cheese without.. well, cheese (or the usual cheese substitutes haha). I will def have to try this, thanks for posting it! 🙂

  67. Priya says

    I’ve never been a fan of mac n cheese (especially the Kraft boxed one) but the pics in your post make it look so delectable! I’m gonna save this recipe for a rainy afternoon.

  68. Melanie Powers says

    YUM! I cant wait for finals to end so I can cook this for my family!!!! We love mac and cheese but stopped eating it…Thanks Katie for sharing this from the cookbook! You and Dreena are the best! xo

  69. RBee says

    Looks yummy! My faves as a kid were mashed potatoes covered with this noodle chicken soupy thing my mom made. Sounds weird but it was oh so good.

  70. Raizel says

    Yummm, I love Mac-n-cheese! This is definitely being filed on my list of things to make once I’m back home to my kitchen (dorms do not provide adequate kitchen space)!

  71. Amanda says

    Since going paleo (meatless paleo, if that’s a thing) and finding out I have celiac, mac & cheese is a thing of the past. But I still want the cookbook! Not everything has to have wheat in it. 🙂

  72. Cecile says

    I’m really curious… I’m not vegan, but I’m always up for new tastes and new challenges. I’m not a huge fan of tofu (or any other soy product) and I am very suspicious about cheese substitutes. DH is following a lactose-free, nut-rich diet, so I have to try this recipe 🙂

  73. AC says

    I’d love to see this book. I need a new favorite comfort food since Finnish pancakes are definitely not vegan or gluten free, and I haven’t been able to make anything like them.

  74. Beth says

    This looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it!!!! Then again, this time of year, EVERY mac and cheese recipe looks delicious….

  75. Andie says

    YES!!! I have been SO excited for this recipe…..I am exactly the same way..i ate mac ‘n cheese 24/7 when I was little!
    P.S. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  76. Sarah says

    This looks completely amazing! I haven’t had mac and cheese for so long because I try not to eat things loaded with cheese and butter, but I could totally eat this! Is there anyway I could sub in another type of nut beside cashews? Would mayble almonds or walnuts work?

  77. hanne says

    my favorite childhood foods were just mashed potatoes plus mashed peas and mashed carrots….anything mashed basically 😉

  78. Cassy says

    I have tried for years to interest my kids in mac n cheese. So far that have refused to eat any variety I have made (which is strange because they all love pasta and cheese), and I miss eating it. I will have to try this version.

  79. LJ Briar says

    My husband and I are not strict vegans/vegetarians by any means, but for health and environmental reasons, we are making a concentrated effort to make more vegetarian and vegan meals at home right now, and this is definitely the next one up right after we finish the vegan meatloaf I made yesterday.

  80. Karmalily says

    I’m really interested in trying this recipe because of the absence of nutritional yeast. I crave vegan mac & cheese all the time, and I don’t always have nooch on hand. But I always have these ingredients on hand.

  81. Stacey says

    Just starting to try to eat vegan a few days a week, and this recipe looks awesome! I would love the cookbook to jumpstart a vegan lifestyle.

  82. Helen says

    I have to say, I am not a huge fan of mac and cheese (too much cheese), but I think I might actually enjoy this version. Cashews sound yummy 😀

  83. Xanthe says

    This is great. My son can’t eat dairy and is very allergic to soy so normal mac n cheese options are out. This is worth a try thanks!

  84. Mona says

    omg! this looks so good!
    I usually never eat American food like mac and cheese, but when I do, I want it to be healthier but yummy! 😀

  85. Nicole Miller says

    Katie, please don’t enter me in the contest as I already own this cookbook, I just wanted to tell everyone who wishes for a chance to win it that this cookbook iis amaaaaaazing! Her recipes are great, especially the desserts (me and my sweet tooth;)), and they’re also suprisingly healthy. Whoever wins this book, I recommended trying the recipe is Apple-of-my-Eye pie. When I served that dish for Thanksgiving, my omnivorous family told me that that apple pie was one of the best things they have ever tasted. Even if you don’t win, go buy it! It’s 100% worth the money.

  86. Katy says

    Looks amazing! Going to try it tonight 🙂 So nice to see a mac and cheese recipe without that fake cheese that always seems to have a high chance of tasting like cardboard…:)

  87. Amy says

    Can’t wait to try this. I’ve tried one vegan Mac and cheese but this one looks so much better. My kids will be happy to be taste testers!

  88. Claudia says

    I was sitting in my dorm room WISHING my roommate was not allergic to nuts and then I saw that there is a nut free version! I am SO excited to try this!!

  89. MC says

    Oh, me and my family would love this cookbook! My little girls (age 2 and 5) love Mac and Cheese and I’d love to enjoy Dreena’s recipes as a whole family, Thanks Katie

  90. Heidi Lynn says

    I never had mac & cheese even before I decided to be vegan. No particular reason why, just never have. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe tonight!

  91. Taran says

    This looks wonderful! Especially for a new vegan like me! Can’t wait to try it! If it wins over the kiddos I’ll be ecstatic!

  92. Adrienne says

    So excited to try some mac without yeast flakes. I have a recipe I really like, though. Maybe a side-by-side comparison? Would love this cookbook!

  93. Melissa says

    I’m really excited to try this recipe! I recently tried a different vegan mac ‘n cheeze recipe that didn’t turn out so well, so I’ve been looking for a different one to try, and this one looks great!

  94. Lauren B. says

    My Great- Aunt Ann’s Mac n cheese is legendary in our family and always has the prime spot on the buffet table at Christmas, but my favorite comfort food is my Mom’s lasagna!

  95. Maggie says

    My diet is about 90% vegan, but I’m preparing for a switch to 100% – no more exceptions – on the first of the year. This makes it less daunting 🙂

  96. Katia says

    OMG I made this last night. SOOOO GOOD. I wanna win the book so that I can make vegan foods like this for my vegan sister! She eats so unhealthfully. This would most definitely help.

  97. FranP says

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! This week is my first week of eating vegan. It can be a challenge at times, so I hope to win this cookbook and get some ideas for future meals!

  98. Kristi says

    I hope my family will like this! It certainly looks delicious! I’m the only one who eats vegan, so it’s a struggle to find foods we all like.

  99. Cassie Smith says

    Can’t wait to try this version without the nutritional yeast. I think I will add chopped onion as well. Getting hungry!! Thanks for great recipe

  100. Ed says

    Looks awesome…mac and cheese is one of the best sides for the holidays…I had to read the recipe twice to make sure there was no cheese in it..amazing!

  101. Meghan says

    I’ve loved many of your dessert and non-dessert recipes, I can wait to try this one out!

    Thank you for the holiday giveaways 🙂

  102. Honeybird says

    Lol, isn’t your family jealous of you having Mac&Cheese all the time 😉 ?
    I’d love to try this! Especially since my sister has a new boyfriend who can’t have dairy-products (like cheese), and my sister actually loves the stuff. 🙂

  103. Kat says

    Ew, I tried so many fake cheese products when I was off dairy, they were all so horrible. This is probably MUCH better for just leaving them out 🙂 I’d love the cookbooks with all those yummy, healthy recipes!!

  104. Mia says

    Look so nice, can’t wait to try it. Macaroni and cheese are not that common in Sweden, and I thing it’s a pity.
    Thank you for à inspiring webb, so nice to eat tasty but healthy.

  105. Amber says

    A mac ‘n cheese recipe without nutritional yeast? I’m sold! Definitely going to have to find a place for this recipe on my menu this month.

  106. Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit says

    Wow, I can’t believe that interesting concoction of ingredients all come together to make this “cheesy” deliciousness. Mind. Blown. I’m not vegan, but this looks so darn good and I’m so curious about how this tastes that I just might need to whip me up a batch of this! 😀

  107. Julia says

    Yum! I would love a cookbook from the giveaway! I am a EXTREMELY AVID reader of this blog and it would literally mean more than the world if I ever got anything or even a Shoutout! Thank you for your amazing work!! 😀

  108. Anonymous says

    That looks very tasty. I’m not usually a mac n’ cheese fan (Don’t hate me!), but the ingredients in that look great. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll have to try it, hopefully the gluten free version will turn out as good as yours looks.

  109. Misty Swapp says

    This looks great. I have to admit, I’m not a big mac’ and cheese fan (Don’t hate me!) but the ingredients in this recipe look totally unique and delicious. Thanks!

  110. Michael says

    This recipe looks super tasty… But would it still taste okay without the garlic and onion? I want to try this, but kind of like my M&C rather tame. 🙂 I do love that it’s baked, as my great grandmother made a killer version that I’ve never even come close to replicating.

  111. Amber Simons says

    I’m excited for this recipe. Dreena makes great recipes, I have Eat Drink and Be Vegan and make recipes from it all the time (those white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are one of my favorites). I’m sure this is going to be great!! Thank you!! 🙂

  112. Hailey says

    Dreena and you are both absolute geniuses. I’ve been dying to have one of her cookbooks! Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂 Also, I’ll have to try this mac and cheese! It’s my little sister’s favorite food, so I’d have to see how she takes a vegan version (maybe I won’t tell her and see if she can tell, shh!)

  113. Danelle says

    This looks good! So many of your recipes sound amazing and I’ve tried a few as I continue my quest to eat healthier. (and a healthy cookbook would be helpful;)

  114. Jaime Jones says

    Looks amazing! Since I have a crummy blender, I might try Dreena’s suggestion to soak the nuts first for 3-4 hrs and then reduce the water by about 1/2 cup.

  115. Dara says

    I have not eaten Mac and Cheese since my mom made it either out of the Kraft package or with Velveeta cheese.
    I really want to combine butternut squash mac n cheese and this recipe with a mixture of cashews and macadamia nuts….
    Oh I think I just created a new food experiment while I have my MONTH long break from grad school. YES! win.

  116. Jessica says

    No cheese seems so foreign! But I did use almond milk the last time I made mac and cheese, so I’m sure the nuttiness would be tasty! I think I’m gonna try this the next time I decide to make mac and cheese.

  117. Nan says

    Macaroni was definitely a favorite of mine that I thought I would never be able to eat again!
    Thank you so much for this delicious looking recipe!

  118. ariana says

    I cannot wait to hear the results of the givaway!

    as a not-yet-vegan, I am dying to try this idea of nuts instead of cheese!

  119. Dree says

    This looks very interesting! My kids won’t eat mac and cheese because of the melted cheese (yet they eat pizza…). I put raw cashews in cilantro pesto, and they are yummy! Where can you get raw brazil nuts? I don’t think I have ever seen them.

  120. Laura says

    Dear Miss Katie,

    Oh, this sounds wonderful! And gluten free as well! I am looking forward to trying it…mac and cheese has always been one of my very most favorites! Thank you for hosting this giveaway…would love to win the cookbook!

    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

  121. Inge says

    The only fersion of mac and cheese is the non vegan fancy kind from my grandma, thats also the only kind ive ever eaten, but this looks delicious, i’ll be sure to make it

  122. Jena says

    So happy to see a Mac N Cheese recipe that doesn’t use nutritional yeast as an ingredient! Can’t wait to try 🙂 Looks delish!

  123. Olivia says

    Has anyone tried Veganrella cheeses? My mom makes a great polenta bake with their vegan mozzarella, polenta, and tomato sauce, with whatever other veggies you want layered in between. So good! My fave comfort food.

  124. Jena says

    …and another good point about the calorie count, one serving of standard mac n cheese will not yield you NEARLY that amount of protein in one serving, so it will fill you up quick! Seems like a guiltless guilt food to me!

  125. Quinn S says

    Katie this looks delish!! Perf comfort food for the holidays. Btw, Happy Holidays 🙂 Thanks for the recipe I will def try it! Katie you are my vegan idol!!

  126. MaryPat says

    I’d love to be entered into the giveaway for the cookbook! Baking/cooking is fun when you have a collection of healthy recipes to try 🙂

  127. Mary Beth says

    I can’t wait to make this for my gluten free and dairy free husband! He misses things like mac and cheese so very much–thank you 🙂

  128. Kayla says

    This looks wonderful! My sister is moving out next summer and I’ve already decided that when I visit her, I’m bringing food. This looks perfect!

  129. matt stranberg says

    I loved this recipe because I have several vegan clients and I sent this right on over their way……and they loved it! Keep up the great work Katie! 🙂

  130. Mircat says

    This looks like an awesome recipe, Katie. I’m not vegan, but I try to avoid soy and dairy, and I am NEVER disappointed with creamy, cashew-based sauces. Even my very carnivorous, cream-based-sauce-loving hubby enjoys them! Thanks for a lovely recipe to try–I’ll be using brown rice pasta, as I’m always avoiding gluten. 🙂

  131. Sybil says

    This looks so delicious. I’m a new Dreena fan, I recently picked up one of her books, Eat Drink and Be Vegan, at a used book store. Needless to say, I have fallen in love with her recipes!

  132. Cat says

    Katie-
    First of all, I love your recipes! They are great and yummy and I love the abundance of single serve! I just really wish I could eat more of them. I am vegan by necessity because of IBS and a very serve reaction to any meat proteins or fats (healthy or otherwise). I understand why you don’t do fat-free things, as a balanced diet is important for all, but for those of us (or maybe just me, I don’t know if this is something anyone else deals with) I just want to say, I really appreciate when you go against what you prefer and make dishes that have the option of being fat free! I don’t want to miss out on your healthy, delish desserts anymore than the next happy vegan!

  133. Maddie C. says

    I’m so down to try this recipe! Over the years I’ve progressed from Kraft to Annie’s whole wheat-white cheddar to my own takes on mac and cheese, and I’ll definitely experiment with this one as soon as I get a chance.

  134. Stephanie Brooke says

    Made this tonight. I must say it is definitely better than any other vegan mac and cheese I have made and almost tastes like real mac and cheese 🙂 Very good…will make again!

  135. Lap says

    Then you will be sad to hear that Soul Vegetarian Café closed as of last month : ( No word on why or if it’s permanent. This is the third vegan restaurant to close in D.C. in the last 6 months.

  136. Caitlin says

    This looks delicious!! I’ve made vegan “alfredo” before that used cashews, lemon juice, and mustard also and it was absolutely amazing, so I can’t wait to try this!

  137. Riki says

    That looks absolutely delicious! My husband would be so happy if I made that for him too. It seems like you have to give up some of your favorite comfort foods because we decided to stop eating animal products/by-products, and then there are recipes like this, that prove us wrong. Thank you Katie!!! I can’t wait to make this.

    One of my favorite comfort foods as a child was the chocolate tarts my mother used to make for me. 🙂 Yummy

  138. Kristy says

    Wow – this sounds good. I keep looking for vegan or at least meatless meals that my family will eat, this sounds like a winner.

  139. Emily says

    Thank you for the recipe, Dreena! I love cheese, but can’t eat it because I’m now lactose intolerant. /sigh
    and thanks, Katie, for giving away the book!

  140. Emma B. says

    This looks awesome! Your creativity never fails to amaze me. I really want to learn how to cook before college, and your blog is really inspiring! Thank you! 🙂

  141. Christine says

    I’ve tried a similar recipe and was surprised by how well the texture was, but the taste was a little off. I will have to try this out and see if it’s better.

  142. Marcy says

    I know it seems very random, but my favorite comfort food is steamed artichokes. My mom used to make them all the time growing up, so now when I have one it reminds me of home and growing up.

  143. Kim Hedges says

    Hooray for a giveaway! I love vegan cook books, even if you just do vegan part time, it is so helpful in learning flavor profiles and healthy tweaks to other foods. : )

  144. Kristine says

    Thank you for always trying to provide a gluten free option! Sometimes I feel like a burden to family members and chefs when I request dairy free, meat free, oh and gluten free foods! (gluten free because I have to be, but vegan because I choose to be).

  145. Kiersten says

    This looks AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try it. I am just starting to transition to a vegan diet and cheese is one of the hardest things for me to give up. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  146. Eco Chic says

    I am a vegetarian now but I hope to become a vegan and these posts really show me how delicious being vegan is! Thank you so much! I have tried and loved so many of your recipes!

  147. Amalia says

    I love mac and cheese! I’m in the process of making the transition to veganism! I’m still learning a lot. I tried one mac and cheese recipe with nutritional yeast – yuk! So, I’m looking forward to trying this one.

  148. Hannah says

    MMMMMMM Mac & Cheese 8) Lovely!!! My favorite comfort foods are pasta, pie (especially apple), biscuits, and CHOCOLATE of course!

  149. shanna says

    I’ve been using pumpkin puree or butternut squash puree, both fresh, in my mac and cheese. My family is none the wiser 🙂

  150. Kira says

    Looks like real mac and cheese!

    It’s nice to see Brazil nuts getting some attention, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe with them!

  151. melody says

    this recipe looks amazing. i will try it after i’m done trying the german chocolate fudge bites, which also look delicious. i absolutely love your peanut butter cookies. thanks for sharing all your goodies! xoxo

  152. alloyjane says

    Holy moly that looks fabulous. Will have to try this next time I pick up nuts. I guess that would be a good use for Brazil nuts since they have that lard-like quality. As for comfort food? Stovetop popcorn. It still is. And it’s always been vegan so I never had to modify the way I make it, hehe.

  153. Laura says

    Perfect timing! I actually just tried another vegan mac n cheese recipe…but this one looks tastier. And, I would LOVE the cookbook. Trying to go vegan, and this would help a ton.

  154. Tyler Layne says

    My favorite comfort food back in the day would have to be tuna mac, made with canned tuna and boxed mac and cheese….. This looks much better! And much more appropriate for my current plant-based diet, of course.

  155. Anonymous says

    I’m not vegan, but I do try and eat as healthy as possible. I believe that we share the same love for chocolate and desserts (something I don’t think my husband will truly understand!) The idea of Mac and cheese sans cheese just blows me away- I am for sure going to have to try it. I’m not sure if you have any (not that I’ve seen anyways), but I’m always looking for some new quinoa recipes if you’re looking for ideas 😉

  156. Samantha Hurtado says

    Your recipes are simply amazing. I can’t believe I only started baking this summer…. Following your blog and replicating the recipes are always highlights of my day 🙂

  157. Isabella Defesche says

    I have been sick for a week with NO appetite until I saw this. I will be making this tomorrow and I am sure I will be healed in no time <3

  158. Erika says

    This looks really good. I’ve always been kinda dubious about vegan cheese substitutes, so recipes that either work around them or don’t need them make me very very happy.

  159. Kerry says

    I’ve been looking for the perfect vegan mac & cheese for a long time, and this looks like it might be the one! I’ve never tried using cashews in a cheese sauce, but it sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  160. Katy Wilson says

    I can’t wait to try this! I love the baked mac n cheese at Whole Foods but I’m allergic to both wheat and dairy! This is the perfect solution!

  161. TQ says

    This looks amazing – I would love to try it with Butternut Squash (Roasted) and perhaps some pine nuts and sundried tomatoes! 🙂 Also, how about some Nutritional Yeast?

  162. Christina Badaracco says

    Thanks for the DC restaurant recommendation! I just moved to the city, and I’ll definitely have to try it. And I’ll be making this mac and cheese in the meantime 🙂

  163. Nadiya says

    I’ve heard about the cashew version of cheese so many times but haven’t tried it out yet 🙁 Childhood comfort food… As a proud Ukranian I would say cherry filled perogies or fried cabbage perogies 😀

  164. Sweetwater Cakes says

    Katie- I just started reading your blog on Friday and I love it! I have already made the black bean brownies – yummy! and look forward to making many more of your recipes in the future. While I am not vegan, I am looking into various alternative cooking/baking methods that are healthier.
    Many thanks for your fabulous blog! Michelle 🙂

  165. Sam says

    There is the place that sells deep fried macaroni sticks in Victoria B.C. I am not sure if they are vegan but I want to try so bad…..it would be so bad for me…oh well, ha.

  166. Sarah @ Let the Good In says

    Yum!! I have had great luck with nutritional yeast and/or Daiya Cheddar based vegan mac and cheeses, but haven’t tried a nut-based version yet. Guess yours will have to be my first 🙂 I tend to be a mac and cheese purist, but I may try adding some diced tomatoes and mushrooms or olives in this too.

  167. Carrie Kennedy says

    Made this for my kids today (ages 4 and 5). I can now say I have found a “Mac and Cheese” for them! They loved it! They have been very picky when it comes to Vegan Mac and Cheese dishes, I have made several but this one was a winner! Thanks for sharing!!!

  168. Allison F. says

    Been itching to make this since you posted the Thanksgiving pic. Literally made my mouth water, and I don’t say that about just anything!

  169. Maddy says

    This is so going on my list of recipes to try when my food processor arrives… and I already have a million or so of your other recipes that are bookmarked and waiting; I foresee a major cooking binge, haha!

  170. Monica says

    this looks great! mac and cheese is one of the things i’ve missed most since becoming a vegan! thanks so much for this!!

  171. D Amin says

    Yeah! Came into possession of dry mustard by accident and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. That macaroni looks awesome.

  172. laura says

    looks like a great recipe, easy to make some adjustments to turn it into a GF dish as well, and Katie you shouldn’t feel like you need to justify posting the nutritional content, I completely agree with you that nuts are one of the healthiest fat sources, and eating everything is moderation is key, not worrying about counting every calorie 🙂

  173. Mary-Stewart says

    Cheese, glorious cheese, marvelous cheese….yes, cheese is hard to part from. I have been trying to eat more vegetarian/vegan and I do pretty good staying away from cheese, but sometimes I fail. This looks really good, so I think I should try it and see for myself! 🙂

  174. karina says

    hmmm childhood comfort foods….well I used to love hotdogs and chicken fingers but not that I’m a vegetarian I can’t say I carve them anymore. my Mom’s homemade chocolate chip bars are pretty comforting though

  175. Anna B. says

    I haven’t made mac-and-cheese in ages, and I’m pumped to try this recipe! Also, thanks for hosting the cookbook giveaway! I’m a big fan of Dreena!

  176. Erika says

    I love that this doesn’t use nutritional yeast! My cousin and I tried making a cashew nut sauce for a vegan mac ‘n cheese and had to go buy nutritional yeast specially. This uses all the things I already have! (except for the brazil nuts :)) Do the brazil nuts add a special flavor profile?

  177. Chelsea says

    I quite simply want this cookbook. I have been transitioning into veganism for a while, and have been vegetarian for quite a while now. I am boring myself with my own recipes and it’s lovely to have a cookbook handy in the kitchen, rather than having to boot up the old laptop.

  178. Catherine says

    This recipe looks delicious! I agree that mac & cheese is a great comfort food. Noodle soup, grilled cheese, & mashed potatoes are some other childhood favorites!

  179. Tiffany says

    Can’t wait to try making this! I’ve been missing the cheesy comfort of mac & cheese since recently trying out eating vegan.

  180. Erica says

    Yummm I love Mac and cheese, but it’s been hard to find one that’s healthy and delicious! I cant wait to try this one! 🙂

  181. sarah d says

    oh my gosh, I can’t wait to make this! Katie, because of you (and your recommendation to read “The Food Revolution”), I just recently became a vegan (it’s been two weeks)! Straight from an occasional meat-eater! Honestly, I was planning to ask you, how did you get over giving up cheese?? That is the one thing I’ve been struggling with! While I like nutritional yeast a lot…let’s be honest, it’s not the same as having melty cheese on a sandwich or in soup or on pasta! Do you have any good substitutions (other than this recipe)?

    This would be my first vegan cookbook!!

    Thanks for everything you are and everything you do. X

  182. Drea says

    Hi Katie,
    This looks really great, and I can’t wait to make a gluten free version. My mom and sister have bovine allergies, in addition to a gluten intolerance (which I have). I’m sure they’d love to try this.

    Drea

  183. Sherry says

    Cheese was hard to give up when I went clean(with exception of occasional goat cheese) but now that I’ve been on my competition diet I don’t even get goat cheese. I might make this dish on my “cheat meal” day! Thanks for sharing!

  184. Jane says

    I love that this recipe is nut-based, simple, and not banking on nutritional yeast flavor (which is awesome but not exactly mac-and-cheesy). I’d feel too gross making many of the carb-covered-carb versions out there- but this is kind of like an inside-out vegan lasagna. I think it might need to happen! Yay!

  185. Carlie says

    Looks yummy, I’ll have to try it! I would love to win a vegan cookbook, I’m a vegetarian but would like to eat more vegan meals 🙂

  186. Jensen Ankerson says

    i love mac and cheese!I have been vegan for five months and love it and would love the cookbook to help me try new recipies!!

  187. Mallory says

    Can’t wait to try this! Becoming a vegan is one of my 2013 new years resolution and this recipe makes it look easy 🙂

  188. Hananh says

    Looks amazing! I have been searching for a good mac and cheese recipie since I turned vegan 6 months ago so I can’t wait to try this one! Love the site too- I have been recommending to to all my friends 🙂

  189. Brittany says

    YUM!! I haven’t eaten mac and cheese since I became vegan (almost 2 years) but this looks so good!! I may have to go out for some macaroni shaped pasta!! Thanks so much for this post!

  190. Michele says

    I feel like I need to plan a vacay around all the restaurants you recommend! if you’re ever in Indianapolis or Memphis, I’ll return the favor- believe it or not, Memphis is incredibly vegan-friendly. Indy, not as much, but there are a few gems 😉

  191. Kristen says

    You just made my day! Mac and cheese used to be my favorite food but since going vegan it obviously was removed from that spot. I can’t wait to make it thank you thank you!

  192. Jessica Mil says

    This looks awesome! Ive just started a vegetarian (that eats eggs) diet about 6 months ago and i am really trying to go full on vegan. Ill have to try this one im already inlove with your cookie dough and brownie batter dips. Yum!!

  193. Angela K says

    This seems like it’d be a delicious alternative… As far as comfort food goes, hot cereal is the dish that holds a special place in my heart (perhaps doubly so, as my tradition always involves a generous pad of butter ._.). Grits, cream of wheat, Ralston, Wheatina, oatmeal, Malt-o-Meal, etc…. I lived on the stuff growing up. A buttery piece of toast dipped into mildly sweetened, soupy Cream of Wheat — mmmmm!

    Thanks for the recipe~

  194. Kacey says

    This looks so good. I actually HATED mac and cheese as a kid, but in recent years I’ve actually started to really like it (vegan versions, that is). Weird how taste buds change. I’ll definitely try this when I’m home for break in a couple days!

  195. Sammie M. says

    Super excited to try this recipe! I definitely miss mac and cheese. And pretty excited about this cookbook giveaway too! 😉

  196. Claire Elizabeth says

    No cheese and no soy! Very impressive! I’m also entering your recent cookbook giveaway! Yay! I just love all these recipes, because they’re all so good for you and yummy!

  197. Krista Coyan says

    My kids’favourite dish is mac n cheese and as we live in the Czech republic fakey cheese is relatively non-existent…eager totry this dish…thanks!

  198. Jessica C. says

    I can’t remember the last time I had Mac and Cheese since going dairy free. I’m definitely going to give this one a go! Thanks!

  199. Ana says

    Mac and Cheese Oh My!
    We used to eat this a lot! But the one from the box.. hehee :p
    Now have to try making it at Home! 😀 Yummm!

  200. Olivia says

    This looks so freaking yummy! I am so excited. As a vegan, I never thought I’d see a recipe for no-cheese mac and cheese! Definitely trying this soon! 🙂 Ahhh!

  201. Carol says

    My mom used to make what she called “green spaghetti”, which was actually broccoli pesto! It was in heavy rotation when I was a kid. I’ve made a few different versions of vegan mac n cheez, the latest with puree white beans and butternut squash in a roux with grainy mustard, turmeric, nutritional yeast and S+P!

  202. Doris Johnson says

    I’m fairly new to the idea of eating vegan, but it’s something I’m interested in and I’d love to try out some new recipes!

  203. Whitney Reichlin says

    Christmas afternoon will be so much better with this dish 🙂
    The one i made last year was sub-par…SO EXCITED

  204. Xenia Holm says

    Hi Katie,
    I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. It has actually inspired me to become a vegan. I ve been thinking about it for a wile now, but your recipes have convinced me that going vegan won’t make me give up my favorite food (chocolate!). Thank you!

  205. Claire Bailey says

    Katie, I now officially love you. This sounds amazing! I love macaroni cheese but my daughter appears to be a bit lactose intolerant and let’s face it, it’s not that healthy and therefore I only tend to cook it once in a blue moon. So yep, this is on next week’s menu for sure. Thank you!

  206. beebee says

    Yum! I love everything you make, Katie! You are such an inspiration! (by the way, I made the lemon bars, and I absolutely loved them! I will definitely make them again next week!)
    -beebee

  207. Emma says

    I seriously cannot wait to try this recipe out.
    I recently became vegan (exactly 1 week ago from today was when I decided to make this lifestyle change) and I haven’t had that much trouble with adjusting, but I’ve become unsatisfied with the lack of variety that I’ve been consuming. I’m so excited to try this recipe out and have something new in my life to eat!

  208. Emma Rose says

    Katie, this cookbook AND this recipe sound absolutely fantastic!
    As a college student trying to eat healthy and deliciously, I would absolutely love to give it a try.

  209. BroccoliHut says

    My sister has always been the mac and cheese head in our family, but I might have to make this recipe for myself!
    One of my favorite childhood comfort foods was mom’s chili–maybe that’s why I make my veg version so often!

  210. Chocolate Lady says

    This looks really good! I’m not vegan but all about trying out real food that tastes great. I’ve just discovered your blog and can’t wait to try out some of your recipes. Thank you!

  211. Lisa says

    I’ve wanted to give up meat for sometime now but I always find it difficult to decide what to eat as an alternative, this mac n cheese looks delish!

  212. Meagan says

    I reckon I’ll throw in a few vegies (broccoli, asparagus maybe some beans for extra protein) and I think I’ll have a winner!!

  213. Camilla says

    Wow this looks amazing !! I cannot wait to try it out tonight 🙂 that book would be so perfect on my bookshelf as I am a brand new vegan and still have quite some challenges!

  214. Rachel says

    I am SO intrigued by this!
    I hate fake cheese etc so the idea of using nuts to get that creamy texture is really interesting. I think i’ll give this a go over the xmas holidays. I have been hoping that you would post something i could make for xmas!!

    PS my dog’s name is Mack and we often call him Mac’n’Cheese 🙂

  215. Alethea says

    I can’t wait to try this! Macaroni and cheese reminds me of my childhood… it was the only dish my Dad knew how to cook, but his version was loaded with chedder, wheat flour and whole milk – things I can no longer tolerate! I love Dreena’s recipes and have done ever since I picked up a copy of ‘How it all vegan’ … so excited about her latest book! 😀

  216. Kit-Kat says

    Mac n’ cheese has been my favorite since I was a little girl. My mommy and Daddy would make “noodles and cheese sauce” for me a lot before I became allergic to all dairy products, and became a vegan. Then they made vegan mac ‘n cheese for me, and converted my sisters and brother to the new rendition of an old favorite 🙂
    Now I can introduce a new version (your recipe) to my family! Thank you, Katie! This really looks divine! 😀

  217. Brin says

    Awsome!!!!! I love cook books!!! And I want to get yours to!! You are a amazing how every other day you make a poust it’s amazing!!!!!!

  218. lucy says

    This recipe looks amazing i cant wait to try it, ive advoiding mac and cheese for so long due to the cheese and scary fats but now i can enjoy it again as it was my favourite meak as a kid as no one can beat my mum mac and cheese (in my opinion anyway(
    Another favourite of mine is my grannys scottish stovies which is basically a stew and is really good for using up left over meat and veg plus its brillant for a cold winters day
    the vegan recipe book look great too i would really like adopt a vegan diet its hard for a student though but im trying

  219. emily says

    someday…someday I will have a blender… Then I will make this, add spinach, and not tell my husband it’s vegan. 😀

  220. XPICTHNA says

    this looks so fantastic! im surprised you can attain a cheesy, creamy flavor from those ingredients. can’t wait to try it!

  221. Shelby says

    I recently found a recipe that called for greek yogurt in place of the butter in mac and cheese. I know that doesn’t make it vegan, but still, i’m so happy to be finding all these healthified mac and cheese recipes. Seriously, if I could only ever eat one thing again, it would be mac and cheese.

  222. jen says

    My boyfriend love love LOVES mac and cheese, problem is we are both lacto intolerant. I would be a true hero if I made him this and he had no idea there was no cheese involved. He and his tummy would thank me..Challenge accepted Katie thanks!!

  223. Gaëlle says

    I am not a vegan but have been on a dairy free diet for the past 3 months and your blog has been a very useful help. I do wonder how cashew and brazil nuts can taste like cheese, but I will definitely try!

  224. Alysha says

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about this recipe!!! The other day I was craving some vegan mac and cheese and went straight to your “non dessert recipe’s” page and…. sigh…. no chocolate covered Katie mac and cheese recipes…. 🙁 I looked up a few others on the internet and wasn’t really interested in them. But this recipe sounds to die for! Just what I was looking for!

    Thanks Katie!

    Oh, and I think it is super sweet that you are giving the cookbook away without any stipulations…. shows how kind of a heart you have!

    Win or not, I have to check this cookbook out!

  225. Linde says

    I looove this recipe! I live in the Netherlands am the number of vegans here is sooo low, no supermarket or other store here sells vegan stuff at all! Your website is such an amazing guide for vegan cooking and the recipe book looks great!

  226. Kelly says

    Hey Im from Vietnam, mac and cheese is not very familiar with everyone here, but this recipe sounds great 🙂 I ll convert it to single serving and make just for myself.
    how can you be so creative Katie 😉 ?
    btw, my comfort food is bean porridge with crushed salted peanuts, or any desserts!

  227. Kelsey says

    Looks so yummy! I’ll have to try it, always open to new recipe ideas with some quirks, which is why that cookbook sounds so great to me!

  228. Laura says

    When I was young, I was the pickiest eater ever. I hated veggies, most meat, seafood; I think I subsisted on peanut butter honey sandwiches, cereal, and of course Mac and cheese! 😉

  229. Jennifer says

    My Mom’s mac n cheese and chocolate chip cookies were definitely my favorite comfort foods. I cannot wait ti try this recipe and would LOVE that cookbook!

  230. Shelbel says

    A lot of times I run out of creative vegan meals I can make and end up repeating myself. This cookbook would be awesome for helping me get out of my ruts!! 🙂

  231. Lou says

    thank you so very much for sharing this recipe! i thought that i wouldn’t be able to have mac and cheese ever again, but here you are once again saving the day (:
    have a wonderful day,

    greets from Denmark (:

  232. Beckers says

    I have been thinking about making the jump from being a vegetarian to a vegan. Knowing that there is a recipe like this will really help 😀

  233. Andrea Gellen says

    Katie i’m so excited about this cookbook giveaway! And about the mac and cheese- I’m going to try it next week- my boyfriend and I have been on the look out for a good vegan mac and cheese recipe!

  234. Charul @ Tadka Masala says

    I am yet to try the cheese version and here you are with sans cheese one. Loved it. But now I am confused as to what to try first. 🙂

  235. Jen F says

    My non-vegetarian husband loves vegan mac and cheese! I keep trying new recipes and he keeps saying “this is your best mac and cheese ever!” I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

  236. Kolya says

    Funny, I’m not a mac and cheese person. Never really had it growing up. Pizza is probably my go-to food and when I was little the only thing I ordered at restaurants was steamed clams! Yup…grew up near Boston (:

  237. Amanda S. says

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to try. Also, when you mentioned Soul Veg Cafe in DC (which I think is the same as what is now called Everlasting Life Cafe), it gave me a hankering, so I drove over last night and bought an order or their mac and cheese and an order of their kale. Yum!

  238. elly says

    i can also recommend the recipe for mac&cheese by the vegan zombie 🙂 but it’s probably not as healthy as your recipe 😉

  239. Lia says

    I’ll willingly admit here that I was planning to serve a vegan mac and cheese for Christmas dinner. I’ll try this one out! IT sounds really great and has the look too, which is always nice for vegan substitute recipes. Cheers!

  240. Jessica C. says

    Wow, this mac n’ cheese looks amazing!! I would love to own this cookbook. I have heard such good things and it is at the top of my wish list. Thank you for the giveaway. And my favorite childhood comfort food was chocolate chip cookies!

  241. zosia says

    Thanks for doing a giveaway! That’s very nice!

    I need to make this macaroni and cheese dish…haven’t had it in years…

  242. renee says

    katie! ever since i discovered your site a few days ago, i’ve been totally addicted to it! an incredible urge impels me to spend at least thirty minutes each day exploring the magnificent wonders in every corner of your web =)

  243. Niccole says

    I have tried several vegan mac n cheese recipes and haven’t found a good one yet! Thanks! I’ll be giving this one a try!

  244. Andria says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe and would LOVE to try more recipes in Let Them Eat Vegan!!!! Thanks for all the recipes you post, I am so happy to have found this website!

  245. Emily Morris says

    Mac n cheese is my kids favorite food and I’m always looking for ways to
    Make it better. I’ve never figured out a good way to make it began.
    This is on my list! And Dreena’s other recipes look wonderful.

  246. Raychel says

    Mac and cheese was one of my favorite meals as a kid, too! (Probably because it was the first one I learned how to “cook” by myself!) I always love finding new vegan twists on the recipe – this one looks delicious!

  247. Courtney says

    I can’t even begin to describe to you what my quest for the perfect mac and cheese has been like. Totally looking forward to this! And now you’re giving away a book? How perfect!

  248. ak says

    woohoo vegan cookbooks! my fave 🙂

    katie i loooove your recipes. been a fan for a while now and vegan for a while and your site is by far my favorite that i’ve come across! thanks 🙂

  249. Caroline says

    Looks delicious! I’m always looking to expand my recipe collection and simply love everything you put up. Would also love to win Let them Eat Vegan! Thanks.

  250. Courtney Peterson says

    It’s like you read my mind with this post, I just started eating vegan and this looks AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing.

    I saw your post with the cookbook giveaway and would love to be entered into the contest. Thanks!

  251. Victoria says

    this looks delicious! i’ve been meaning to try a mac and cheese that uses butternut squash, but maybe i’ll try this one instead

  252. Jess says

    I have actually never had Kraft mac and cheese because of how processed it is. I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks great.

  253. Ashley says

    Mac and Cheese is my FAVORITE food and I have not had it since I started eating vegan. Your post gives me hope! I cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks Katie!

  254. Beth says

    Wow! I never thought I’d be able to eat good mac and cheese again, but I’m going to give this a try, as all of Dreena’s recipes I’ve tried from her blog are amazing! I’d love to win her cookbook.

  255. Jessica says

    This looks great! Vegan Mac and cheese is always so hard to find a good recipe for! I will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

  256. Michelle S says

    Even before I was lactose intolerant, I was never a big fan of cheese….but for some reason mac n cheese was always the exception! This looks like a great, healthy, alternative to the traditional recipe. Although my eight year old self probably would still crave box of Kraft. =)

  257. Sally says

    Yummmmmm!! I freaking love Mac and cheese!! But this is so much better because it is better for you!! And less dairy, which doesn’t sit well with me… Thank you thank you thank you!! Also, can’t wait for your cookbook to come out!!

  258. Carrie says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I love your site and I love trying out your recipes and springing them on unsuspecting family members and friends. I am always sharing and forwarding your stuff to others.
    Great work!

  259. Lori Smith says

    Thanks Katie, my favorite non-dessert vegan recipe is one for mac & cheese. I’m always happy to see new ones to try. This looks delish!

  260. Kristin says

    I’m not vegan, but this would be fun to try & compare to my super duper unhealthy Paula Deen mac n’ cheese recipe! 🙂

  261. Lily says

    I have to admit this looks pretty delicious! I wonder if you could use a different nut other than cashews? I bet macadamia nuts would be amazing.

  262. Megan Walters says

    Yummy! I love macaroni & cheese! My husband and I are seriously contemplating moving toward a vegan diet in the new year, and all of these recipes will be extremely helpful. 🙂 Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful knowledge!

  263. Nicole says

    Yum! The only thing on my Christmas list is a really awesome blender so I can blend up things like this sauce. Well, that and the “Let Them Eat Vegan” cookbook 😉

  264. Helen says

    My siblings love mac and cheese (non-vegan). I can’t wait to make this and see how they react to it. I won’t tell them that it’s vegan until after they eat it. Thanks for posting the recipe. =)

  265. Kristin says

    Looking forward to trying this… Have recently been trying to eat plant-based/vegan, and was missing the mac and cheese! =)

  266. Amanda says

    This recipe looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it. Maybe this weekend or when I’m at my boyfriends family house over Christmas. Thanks!

  267. Ruby says

    This looks so good! I have no idea where I would by shelled brazil nuts. I have never bought them before so for all I know they are at my local grocery store! This book looks wonderful. I’m going to buy it for my sister as a birthday gift!

  268. molly says

    I love your recipies but have problems finding all your ingredients? Suggestions on where to stock up on arrowroot powder, brazil nuts, etc?

  269. Pamela Willers says

    This looks so yummy! I can hardly wait to try it tonight! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipes online.

  270. Kimberly Lochhead says

    This looks scrumptious! Given the mustard powder and nuts, I’m sure my taste buds will be fooled and enjoy it must better than regular dairy-mac n’ cheese!

  271. Roberta says

    My local Wegmans has the nuts in bulk food, so I picked those up last night – I love being able to buy exactly the amount I need ( (the only recipe items I didn’t have) and we’ll give this one a try tonight! I haven’t tried one of your recipes since the Peanut Butter Pie – so I’m “due” to try this one!

  272. Chelsea Rubsam says

    Looks delicious!! Will definitely be making this over the holidays! I have aspired to adopt the vegan lifestyle for quite some time now, and while I am making slow but steady changes, your website makes it SO much easier, especially for a foodie like me! I’m glad you posted a meal recipe (even though I’m a bit of a chocoholic like you 😉 ).

  273. Denice Moore says

    I have been wanting a good mac & cheese recipe and I can’t wait to try this one out! Thanks so much for posting it for all of us.

  274. Beth says

    Wow! It sure looks like cheese!! Thanks for all of your recipes, Katie! I love tricking my husband with some of your trickier recipes (black bean brownies, etc!).

  275. Amy A says

    I love mac & cheese! I was suprised at the nutritional info on this, I guess any good mac & cheese recipe is going to be high in calories and fat. Thanks for the giveaway!

  276. Megan says

    I never would have guessed that ground nuts could help replace cheese. I’m intrigued by this and several other vegan tricks I have heard about…more to come in the cookbook, I’m sure!

  277. shawn hammond says

    Katie is the Queen of easy cooking. I love how you can create amazing dishes and make so easy to make and so delicious. Every recipe is a gift to us.

  278. Amy says

    Any chance the cookbook giveaway includes foreign countries?? I live in South Africa! And thanks for an awesome blog by the way 🙂

  279. Mary T. says

    I have two sisters that are gluten free and a brother that is 100% vegan – all for health reasons. This will be the PERFECT

  280. Heather says

    This mac and cheese looks awesome! Definitely going to try this one, but gluten free. I have been looking for a good recipe since I need to avoid dairy!

  281. Sara says

    Check out the Mac and Cheese from Vegan on the Cheap. Seriously yummy..it is what I ate when I got home from my bachelorette party! Also free cookbook yay!

  282. Juli says

    What a great idea! I’m so close to giving up dairy, but the cheese, oh the cheese keeps calling me back – I’m making this tonight! Thanks!

  283. Amy Dickie says

    Thanks Katie for this post. Have a Mac and cheese addict that is also allergic to dairy. Yikes! This is the one dish I am having trouble substituting! I cannot wait to try it!

  284. Janine Beauchemin says

    Good post! I just started a vegan diet and cheese is the most difficult thing to give up for me. I look forward to trying your mac and cheese recipe this holiday season.

  285. Annie says

    I am excited to try this I a couple of grandkids with food allergies so am always looking for things to make them that know I love them and I think this might just be it

  286. Caroline says

    Never liked mac and cheese until going vegan…how weird is that. The “real” stuff always made me sick but I love it now.

  287. Deanne says

    I have made Vegan Mac and Cheese before but never like this recipe. Can’t wait to try it! I’d love to win Let Them Eat Vegan cookbook. My husband is newly vegan and enjoys Dreena’s books alot!

  288. Emily says

    This looks soo good! I’m also a huge Mac and cheese fan but have not found a sub that is good! Def trying this recipe !

  289. Julie says

    Since needing to be both gluten, dairy free (and soy free), Mac & Cheese has been a distant memory for me. This is so helpful! Can’t wait to try it!

  290. Patricia says

    I have tried other vegan Mac and Cheeses with cashews, but this is different and I can hardly wait to try it!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Patricia

  291. Mary T. says

    I have two sisters that are gluten free and a brother that is 100% vegan – all for health reasons. This will be the PERFECT dish to bring for Christmas! I also babysit a little boy that is allergic to anything with dairy, soy or nuts so I am going to try the nut free version of this with rice milk for him. THANK YOU for such a wonderful sounding dish to try!!! 🙂

  292. Mj says

    This looks scrumptious!! Wish I had this recipe last week for my Friendsgiving dinner, sure it would have been a winner. I love surprising guests with healthy versions of comfort food. Saw a recipe once for mac and cheese using pureed butternut squash for part of the sauce, but it used cheese. Love that this one uses cashews!

  293. Yazmine says

    I’ve been looking for an adequate vegan Mac and Cheese recipe for years! Thank you for posting this. My kids will be so grateful that they can start eating Mac and Cheese again!

  294. Deanna says

    This looks totally ahmazing!!! Cant wait to try it out because I havent been truly satisfied with the other vegan mac n cheez recipes Ive tried in the past. If looks say anything, this one’s sure to be a winner!

  295. Laura says

    This would be a great book for my daughter who has been vegan for about 2 years (actually, it would be good for me too so I could have some good recipes to make for her!) 🙂

  296. KM Duff says

    I am definitely planning to try this recipe out. I may not be a die hard mac & cheese lover but I have some kids who are and I love the idea of it being healthier!

  297. Robyn says

    This looks so good! Mac n cheese was always my fave comfort food, but it’s way more comforting knowing this is delicious AND vegan 🙂

  298. Victoria says

    I’m super excited about making this recipe and can’t believe how “cheesy” it looks. If it turns out good it will definitely be on my Christmas Dinner menu 🙂

  299. Cindy says

    This looks so yummy! I have slowly been dipping my toe in the vegan water and it has been going pretty good! You have such amazing ideas and that has been super helpful with the transition.

  300. Casey Miller says

    Yum! I often make a similar recipe but with pureed sweet potatoes added (I buy the frozen kind, then just thaw on the stovetop before mixing in).

  301. Reta says

    I cannot wait to try this. My daughter is allergic to dairy so we have gone vegan ourselves andthis is the dish she misses this most. She’ll enjoying cookinith me as well as trying some mac n cheese again. Thank you for the recipe:) I need that book too:)

  302. Kathi says

    Thank you for this recipe!! We just went vegan
    One of the hardest things to give up is cheese!
    Thank you, Katie, for bringing that one step closer. 🙂
    We will be adding this to the menu this week!!!!

  303. Becky says

    I’ve been vegetarian for ~20 years, but I have yet to be able to do without cheese. I will definitely have to try this.

  304. Dorothy says

    This mac and cheeze looks good enough to serve to the picky grandkids! I’ll have to give it a try and see what they think. 🙂 We’ve been vegan for two years, so the cookbook would be awesome, too!

  305. Yara says

    Aside from mac and cheese. My favorite food was animal crackers and cocoa, from the poem by Christopher Marley:

    Animal crackers and cocoa to drink,
    That is the finest of suppers, I think;
    When I’m grown up and can have what I please
    I think I shall always insist upon these.

    What do you choose when you’re offered a treat?
    When Mother says, “What would you like best to eat?”
    Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?
    It’s cocoa and animals that I love the most!

    The kitchen’s the coziest place that I know:
    The kettle is singing, the stove is aglow,
    And there in the twilight, how jolly to see
    The cocoa and animals waiting for me.

    Daddy and Mother dine later in state,
    With Mary to cook for them, Susan to wait;
    But they don’t have nearly as much fun as I
    Who eat in the kitchen with Nurse standing by;
    And Daddy once said he would like to be me
    Having cocoa and animals once more for tea!

  306. Katie says

    I want to try this! Every vegan mac & cheese I’ve made has tasted too nutritional yeast-y (is that a word?) so I’d be interested to see how this recipe tastes, since there is no nooch. But are there any substitutes for arrowroot powder… cornstarch perhaps?

  307. Aliren says

    I love mac-n-cheese, so this will go on my list to try. I’m not 100% vegan, but im learning to make swaps when I can. I LOVE this site.

  308. Eriana says

    I love that there’s no tofu in this! I always have trouble working with tofu for some reason. :/ Anyway, I love Mac & Cheese so I’ll definitely have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  309. Suzie Lambert says

    After blood work, it’s been found out that I have a very high allergen to dairy, wheat, eggs, beef and mushrooms. Yikes!! Not deadly, just all in the ‘not safe’ zone of the blood panel. Soooo, I’m currently looking for food ideas that do not include any of the above.

    Katie, thank you so much for your fun recipes, I’ve made a few but I’m going to be looking more closer than ever now!

    I may buy Dreena’s cookbook anyways!! But, winning one would be fun too!

    Cheers!!
    Suzie

  310. Dawn Laughlin says

    This is my all time favorite food! Wish I could eat mac & cheese everyday, with some sort of chocolate for dessert of course!
    Would love the cookbook!!
    Thanks Katie

  311. Nancy says

    The idea of being able to have mac ‘n cheese again now that I stay away from dairy made me jump at opening the email yesterday and print out — can’t wait to make it and enjoy! Then seeing this morning’s email where you’re giving away Dreena’s cookbook to 1 lucky winner, I just had to give it a try to win myself. Thank you for sharing your recipes with the rest of us.

  312. Cathy Dreyer says

    OMGosh Katie, I’ve been looking for a vegan recipe for mac n’ cheese forever!
    I absolutely cannot wait to try this–it looks fabulous! Thank you!

  313. Aurelie says

    Yay! I love the fact there is no nutritional yeast involved because I can’t find any in France and it is so frustrating! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  314. Lori says

    Hi Katie,

    Looks like a wonderful recipe that I am going to have to try out but with some gluten free noodles. I was just recently diagnosed having gluten and dairy sensitivities this summer after doing tons of testing on my thyroid and it has been quite the challenge trying to make a switch in the foods I eat especially since the kids and husband still want all the regular food we have always eaten. I always enjoy receiving your emails to see what wonderful recipe you will feature each time and think this is one I will have to definitely try out and hope my kids may even like this one along with several of your deserts that look so amazing.

  315. Kerry says

    Excited about this recipe. I’ve been eating clean for most of this year and working on getting my kids on board. Also, my oldest has been a vegetarian for almost 3 years and I always love finding yummy, healthy recipes for her. Thank you! Can’t wait to try this!

  316. Jennifer says

    Thank you, this is awesome! I can’t have soy so it is amazing to have a recipe with no tofu or “cheese”. Other recipes all seem to substitute nutritional yeast which I don’t mind, but my daughter will not touch she says it makes her feel funny!

  317. ashlee says

    I’m totally making this this week! Looks so good and I’ve been wanting to try a mac and cheese recipe with cashews. Thanks!