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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!

Butternut Squash 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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Stove-Top Vegan Macaroni 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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Creamy Vegan Chili Mac

This family-friendly mac and cheese with chili leanings combines two favorite dishes, to delicious effect. It’s so simple, too: Pasta is cooked with canned tomatoes, beans, and seasonings, allowing the flavors to permeate throughout, while peas and carrots add extra bulk. Drizzle a cheesy potato-based sauce over the top and voilà; dinner is served. Notes a fan: “I just made this tonight and it is delicious.”

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Southwestern Vegan 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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Vegan Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Seasoned Bread Crumbs

This creamy mac and cheese is ideal for when fresh supplies are low. The cheesy plant-milk sauce is thickened with potato flour and oat flour and flavored with nutritional yeast, white wine vinegar, mustard, and garlic powder. Bonus: It’s ready in 30 minutes!

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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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Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies

The creamy, slightly tangy Vegan Queso Sauce used for this mac and cheese is a reader favorite. The secret ingredient: roasted red peppers.

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Vegan Pimiento Cheesy Mac

This decadent mac n cheese recipe is inspired by Southern cuisine and makes for the perfect dish to share at a potluck. Tangy-sweet pimientos are blended into the dairy-free cheese sauce to create a luscious texture and taste so you end up with an indulgent, grown-up version of your favorite childhood meal.

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Linda Gross1 year ago
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I would love to make any and all of these vegan Mac and cheese recipes; however, I can’t eat nutritional yeast. I love it, but it doesn’t love me! I have Crohn’s disease and nutritional yeast triggers my symptoms. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions? Thanks you!

Kristina10 months ago
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I found this article with substitution ideas for nutritional yeast. I hope it is helpful:

Cindy10 months ago
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How interesting and sad that you never received a reply.

Dorothea Peters2 years ago
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Thank you for the delicious recipes!

aram2 years ago
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I love mac and cheese – always have and always will

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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. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.

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