Macaroni and cheese, aka mac and cheese, is the ultimate comfort food, and just because you’re whole-food, plant-based doesn’t mean you have to go without! Scrumptious vegan cheesy sauces can be made using veggies like potato, sweet potato, cauliflower, or butternut squash as the base. Add plant milk, herbs, spices, and other flavorings for a creamy vegan mac and cheese that’s packed with goodness. Here are a few of our favorite plant-based mac and cheese recipes. Try one today!

Sweet Potato Vegan Mac and Cheese

Butternut Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

Broccoli adds a pop of green, and fresh thyme adds a lovely depth of flavor to this creamy butternut squash sauce.

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Super Stove-Top Mac and Cheese

This easy potato-based “cheese” sauce features cashews for creaminess, turmeric for color, and garlic and nutritional yeast for flavor. No fancy ingredients required.

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Cheesy Dressing

Cauliflower and potato form the backbone of this simple sauce, while a blend of nutritional yeast, mustard, and white wine vinegar mimic cheesy flavors.

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Southwestern Mac and “Cheese”

Feeling spicy? Cashews, tahini, and red bell pepper create a rich-tasting sauce in this vegan mac and cheese, while jalapeño pepper and chile powder pump up the heat.

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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

The smooth, creamy texture of sweet potato makes it a perfect base for vegan cheese sauce, with grated nutmeg and dried rosemary balancing the sweetness to perfection.

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Velvety Macaroni

This baked butternut squash sauce is easy to make and uses pantry staples. Stir it through whole grain macaroni for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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