Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

This vegan mac n’ cheese is ultra-creamy with a smoky cashew-based cheese sauce. If you’re looking for a perfect 30-minute meal for any day of the week, then you have found the right recipe.

creamy vegan mac n' cheese

This recipe will be a new favorite for plant-based eaters and omnivores alike. Every pasta noodle is coated in an ultra-creamy and cheesy sauce and topped with crispy, smoky coconut bacon.

I am a sucker for a good pasta recipe, and this has to be one of my top favorites. It is so effortless, quick to make, and is delicious.

If you’re looking for more creamy pasta recipes, I suggest checking these out on the blog:

Creamy Walnut White Sauce Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash and Tomato Pasta

creamy vegan mac n' cheese

Why You’ll Love This Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese:

Creamy, cheesy, and rich. The cheesy sauce that coats that pasta is silky smooth and creamy. To achieve that ultra-creamy texture, you blend cashews, potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, miso, lemon, and a few spices in a blender. The addition of cashews adds a delicious nutty flavor while aiding in the smooth texture. This recipe also imparts a few umami flavors from the miso paste and tamari.

Simple and easy. All of the ingredients are blended in a high-speed blender and combined with the pasta –it’s that simple. The coconut bacon only requires a few simple ingredients: coconut flakes (or sliced mushrooms), tamari, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Not to mention, this recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes.

100% plant-based. The nutritional yeast adds a cheesy taste to this entirely vegan mac n’ cheese. No dairy required in this one.

creamy vegan mac n' cheese
creamy vegan mac n' cheese

How to Make Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese:

This is a simple, fuss-free recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Add all the coconut bacon ingredients to a bowl. Toss to coat the coconut in tamari, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Spread the coconut out into a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 5 minutes, stir around, then toast for another 5 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes which will allow the bacon to get crispy.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and add back to the cooking pot.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots, and onions to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until carrots are tender and potatoes are soft. Drain and add to a high-powered blender.
  4. To the blender, add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour about 2 cups of sauce over the pasta. Stir to coat the noodles fully.  
  5. Serve with fresh basil and a generous sprinkle of coconut bacon. Enjoy! 
creamy vegan mac n' cheese

This Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese is…

  • Creamy, cheesy, and rich.
  • Simple and easy.
  • 100% plant-based.
  • Oh so delicious!

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creamy vegan mac n' cheese
Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A gooey and ultra-creamy cashew-based vegan cheese sauce with a hint of smokiness.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: coconut bacon, vegan dinner recipe, vegan mac n’ cheese
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Taavi Moore
Ingredients
Coconut Bacon
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
Mac n' Cheese
  • 1 cup (145g) raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes
  • 5-6 baby gold potatoes, peeled and cubed (209g)
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped (74g)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, roughly chopped (125g)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. pasta of choice (I used rigatoni)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add all the coconut bacon ingredients to a bowl. Toss to coat the coconut in tamari, liquid smoke, and smoked paprika. Spread the coconut out into a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 5 minutes, stir around, then toast for another 5 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes which will allow the bacon to get crispy.  

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and add back to the cooking pot. 

  3. Add potatoes, carrots, and onions to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes until carrots are tender and potatoes are soft. Drain and add to a high-powered blender. 

  4. To the blender, add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour about 2 cups of sauce over the pasta. Stir to coat the noodles fully.  

  5. Serve the pasta with fresh basil and a generous sprinkle of coconut bacon. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes more than enough sauce. I recommend 2 cups of sauce for every 8 oz. of pasta. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container for up to a week. Top on more pasta, nachos, quesadilla, or use as a spread. Get creative!

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