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Vegan Mac and Cheese

Recipe for a vegan Mac and Cheese – an absolute American classic. With homemade vegan cheese! Perfect as a main, or as a side dish. Be warned, comfort food!

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Sriracha
Time for some comfort food! This vegan Mac and Cheese uses my beloved Nooch Cheese Sauce as the cheese substitute, so you don’t need any fake cheese products! Thanks to the nutritional yeast, the Nooch Cheese has this typical cheesy flavor.

I’ve topped the Mac and Cheese with a breadcrumbs layer consisting of panko flakes, spices and dried rosemary. Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to add sriracha on top. Soooo good!

Mac and Cheese Add-Ins

This is a very basic version of Mac and Cheese, but you could funkify it and add in:

  • peas
  • spinach
  • caramelized onions
  • crispy cubed tofu
  • mushrooms
  • or make a Mediterranean version with olives and dried tomatoes

What else? How do you typically eat your mac and cheese? Let me know in the comments!

Sprinkling Breadcrumbs on vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Sriracha

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Sriracha on fork

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Sriracha

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for a vegan Mac and Cheese - an absolute American classic. With homemade vegan cheese! Perfect as a main, or as a side dish. Comfort food!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 6 people
Calories 370 kcal


Ingredients for the vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter e.g. EarthBalance, Alsan,...
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • ground pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup water

Ingredients for the Mac (...)

  • 4 cups macaroni pasta
  • baking spray

Ingredients for the Breadcrumbs Layer

  • 1/2 cup panko flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder


Instructions for the Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • Heat the butter in a small pot on medium high heat.
  • Add the salt, pepper, paprika powder, curry powder & garlic powder.
  • Once the butter is completely liquid, add in the flour and whisk.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add nutritional yeast, whisk again until clumpy.
  • Add the water and whisk on low heat for a few minutes. If it gets too thick you can add a little bit more water and whisk again.

Instructions for the Mac & Cheese

  • In a large pot, heat some water and boil the macaroni noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C or 480°F.
  • Mix the panko flakes with the spices for the breadcrumbs layer.
  • When the noodles are cooked, drain them and pour over the vegan Cheese Sauce. Transfer it to a lightly oiled oven-save dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Spray the top with oil.
  • Bake the mac and cheese in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the top is nice and brown. Enjoy!


My oven dish has the dimensions: 10" x 18" (25cm x 17cm)


Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 11gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 393mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 485IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 1.7mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

This is the best vegan mac and cheese sauce I've tried yet. The only change I made was to stir in a little lemon juice before serving. BTW, I also love your user-friendly Indian-inspired vegan entrees. You're a wonderful cook. Thank you!


Tuesday 29th of January 2019

This is awesome!! But I recommend tripling the cheese. The recipe as described barely covers one bag of noodles. Doubling it is better. Tripling it makes it actually cheesy.

My husband was critical of it before I tripled the cheese, but now he can't get enough. I can't, either.

It's very easy, too!


Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Awesome! I'm glad you like them! More cheese = more better :)


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Mac and cheese is one of my all time favorite foods <3. Yours looks delicious!


Friday 28th of July 2017

Thank you! I love making traditional American meals from time to time. It's a nice change :)