Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheeze

Last night’s dinner – macaroni and cheese, veganized.  WE LOVED IT!

This is an update on my attempt at menu planning – one of my childhood favorites with a fun twist.  I’m a recent vegetarian (though have experimented off and on for years), and I love trying new vegan and vegetarian recipes.

The inspiration for this recipe comes from The Rice Diet Cookbook (Borders has the best clearance rack).

Maggie’s Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheeze

Ingredients (for 1 serving; multiply as needed)

  • 1-1.5 cups cooked pasta (whatever type is your favorite)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped and steamed cauliflower (optional; I added this for bulk)
  • 1.5 teaspoons almond butter OR 1.5 teaspoons other nut butter (I did almond butter for Bobby’s and “Better ‘n’ Peanut Butter” for mine)
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • dash of sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon nutritional yeast (or more, to taste)
  • water, if needed, to thin the mixture
  • shredded vegan cheeze, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Mix everything together except for the pasta and cauliflower, if using.  Adding water or microwaving (10 seconds at a time) will help to get a smooth mixture.
  3. Add the pasta and mix well.  Make sure the pasta is heated before you add it!  (Broiling won’t heat the dish all the way through.)
  4. Top with shredded cheeze (if you like), and broil for 5 minutes or until the top is melted and crispy.

I served mine with a generous squeeze of organic ketchup.  Bobby ate his plain and loved it as well.

For those of you that have non-vegan/vegetarian family and friends, there are a few great variations on this recipe that will make them happy.

Option 1: I added 1 chopped organic turkey dog (no nitrates, no nitrites) to Bobby’s mac ‘n’ cheeze.  I also topped it with some shredded cheddar that got nice and crispy under the broiler.

Option 2: I was going to use vegan cheeze to top mine, but my vegan cheeze was moldy.  So I topped it with shredded cheddar as well.  To be honest, I think that I would have preferred mine without the cheddar on top!  It didn’t add much, and I loved the dish just as it was.

Hope you enjoy it!  Have you ever tried vegan mac & cheeze?  Did you like it?  What other vegan dishes have you been pleasantly surprised by?

Thank you for all of your thoughtful responses to the article I posted earlier.  It’s a truly interesting topic.

14 Comments on Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheeze

  1. Sharon
    19 January, 2009 at 9:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh wow, a delicious classic! That looks amazingly delicious Maggie!

  2. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    19 January, 2009 at 9:37 pm (8 years ago)

    What an easy recipe. I have had other versions of vegan mac & cheese and loved them all, but I’m a big fan of nutritional yeast. I like it on anything and everything! Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s definitely getting bookmarked!

  3. HangryPants
    20 January, 2009 at 12:20 am (8 years ago)

    I’ve never tried vegan mac & cheese, but I’ve seen it on a couple blogs and it looks really good.

  4. Pearl
    20 January, 2009 at 1:34 am (8 years ago)

    mmm now i want to make it! it looks delish!

  5. gary
    20 January, 2009 at 6:39 am (8 years ago)

    OH HO! I think I may try something along these lines, thanks!

  6. Mara
    20 January, 2009 at 7:01 am (8 years ago)

    I tried vegan mac and cheese once… used egg substitute, rice cheese, soy milk… not bad, but not my normal fatty vegetarian mac and cheese!

  7. Joanna
    20 January, 2009 at 8:09 am (8 years ago)

    i LOVE vegan mac and cheese. yours looks amazing. i hate an obsession with trying all the mac and cheese recipes i saw. my favorite was dreena burton’s “mac oh geez.” it’s made with all braziles, cashews, nooch, and some other delicious ingredients. try it if you get a chance.

  8. K
    20 January, 2009 at 10:49 am (8 years ago)

    Way to go on the recipe! Sounds fabulous!!

  9. Zucchini Breath
    20 January, 2009 at 12:08 pm (8 years ago)

    I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Erin
    20 January, 2009 at 12:51 pm (8 years ago)

    What a great recipe!

  11. Kin
    21 January, 2009 at 4:22 pm (8 years ago)

    That looks pretty good – might have to try it for my daughter.

  12. Shelby
    20 February, 2009 at 3:01 pm (8 years ago)

    Hey Heather, I was just looking through your recipes and this one caught my eye. I saw how you used Better n’ PB…did it make it sweet? I always find that brand really sweet (which I love in dessert) but I thought it might be weird in a savory dish. Let me know, I can’t wait to try this!

  13. Shelby
    20 February, 2009 at 3:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Pssh. I just called your heather, so sorry I was just on Heather’s blog =/ oops!!!

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