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22 Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipes You Must Try

22 Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipes You Must Try

Taste buds evolve as we age and taste buds become more refined with experience, but there is no such thing as aging mac and cheese. Sure, chefs have improved upon the childhood classic by adding a drizzle of truffle oil or crispy vegan mushroom bacon, but the fact that this comforting pasta dish can go high or low speaks to its universal appeal. Whether you crave a stovetop or casserole, elbow- or rotini-shaped, these 22 vegan mac and cheese recipes are all you need right now.

The basics, perfected

Sweet Potato Soul

1 Nut Free Vegan Mac and Cheese from Sweet Potato Soul

If you’re looking for vegan mac and cheese recipes, you’ll find that most contain nuts. This great recipe is perfect for those who suffer from an unfortunate nut allergy.
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2 Gluten-Free Mac-N-Cheese by Rachel Carr

This recipe deserves a shot, even if you’re not gluten-free. The secret is the super velvety cheese sauce based on cashew nuts. Whip this over the stove and you’ll go from craving to comfort in less than 45 minutes.
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3 Real Deal Vegan Mac and Cheese by Kylie and Ashley Knees

If you start with an exceptional vegan cheese, there’s a good chance your dish will succeed. This recipe combines Miyoko’s mozzarella with nuanced flavors including white miso, coconut milk, yellow mustard, and hot sauce for a truly complex and satisfying pasta dish.
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Vegan Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese by Jessica in the Kitchen

Not only is this a fantastic recipe, it only takes one pan, just like the box version. For some reason, pumpkins like pumpkin work so well in vegan cheese sauce. PSL season or not, give this one a try tonight.
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5 Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese from The Vegan Rhino

If you don’t have rotini pasta on hand, buy a box for this recipe. The spiral shape of this noodle clings to the sauce, making each bite bursting with cheesy goodness. Pay special attention to the chef’s tip at the bottom of the recipe for a quick vegan sage butter sauce for your pasta.
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Fusion Mac

6 Creamy Vegan Thai Mac by Robin Robertson

If you like curry, you’ll love this cheesy pasta mashup. The coconut milk-based smooth sauce is flavored with Thai red curry paste and topped with roasted peanuts, coriander and Thai basil. It’s unexpected, yet delicious.
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7Baked Potato Mac and Cheese by Plant-Based on a Budget

This dish is the definition of carb-on-carb-on-carb. The recipe calls for mixing mashed potatoes with sauce-loaded pasta and topping with breadcrumbs. How does it taste? Like the love child of cheap potatoes and baked mac and cheese.
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Philly Cheesesteak Mac ‘N’ Cheese from The Nut-Free Vegan

No shadow thrown at the actual Philly cheesesteak, but this pasta rendition may be better than its muse. It comes together quickly thanks to store-bought vegan cheese and meat, so all you need to do is dump, stir, and bake. It really helps to lift the spirits after a stressful work day.
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9American Buffalo Chickpeas Mac N’ Cheese by Vegan Yack Attack

There are a lot of components going on in this dish, but the end result is so worth it. The flavor combination is akin to a mashup of vegan buffalo wings and mac and cheese. Gooey, cheesy pasta sits on a bed of crispy romaine, then topped with crunchy chickpeas with buffalo sauce and a drizzle of vegan ranch. It’s not a symphony of flavors and textures – it’s a rock concert.
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10Masala Mac and Cheese with Indian Spices by Vegan Richa

You may not have all of these herbs on hand, but they are worth the investment. Vegan Richa’s Indian recipes are phenomenal, and after succeeding with this fusion food, you’ll want to try them all.
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11Kimchi Mac and Cheese from The Korean Vegan

Basic mac and cheese might not do the trick for the self-proclaimed “heat seekers,” but that’s where this recipe comes in. Not only is the cashew and potato-based sauce infused with kimchi juice, it’s also flavored with jalapeño, gochujang, Korean chili powder, and chipotle pepper. The spicy casserole is topped with breadcrumbs in sesame oil and caramelized kimchi in gochujang. Spicy enough for you?
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12German Cheese Spaetzle by Bianca Zapatka

We love a good elbow macaroni, but spaetzle amps up the basic mac and cheese into a whole new world of wonders. Spaetzle have a dumpling-like consistency, which means they are soft and tender but retain a delicious chewy gum. When topped with vegan cheese sauce and topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms, we swear a vegan angel gets his wings.
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Kid Friendly Vegan Mac

13Instant Pot Vegan Chili Mac and Cheese through healthier steps

What could be easier than a one-pot recipe? An Instant Pot recipe. For those who grew up on chili mac, there’s no need to mourn the loss of it after going vegan. This recipe tops it off.
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14Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese Balls from Make It Dairy-Free

What do you do on the rare occasion when there’s mac and cheese left over? You fry it and serve it with kale. These slightly spicy nuggets are super crispy on the outside yet so incredibly creamy on the inside. This is how you upgrade leftovers.
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15Mac & Peas from Hot for Food

Kids love a pun that explains why they’re willing to eat their veggies when parents call it “mac and peas” or “mac and trees.” Granted, it could be the pasta and vegan cheese sauce. Either way, this inexpensive dish is a great way to get a serving of veggies into any veggie hater’s diet.
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16Veggiekins 10-Minute Protein Mac and Cheese

Free from nuts, oil, gluten, dairy and sugar, this is the healthiest mac and cheese you can ever have. The protein comes from silken tofu and chickpea-based pasta, and the sauce gets its cheesy flavor from a combination of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, white miso, and other umami spices. Despite what’s not in it, this healthy mac is perfect when it comes to taste and texture.
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17 The Box Hack

Homemade mac and cheese is delicious, but let’s not forget that it’s also the ultimate convenience food. You don’t need many ingredients or 45 minutes to enjoy this humble comfort, all you need is a box and enough culinary skills to boil water. To make your favorite boxed vegan mac and cheese, toss a few broccoli florets into the water while the pasta cooks. For frozen vegetables, add them together with the cheese sauce to prevent them from boiling over. Top with store bought vegan bacon like PigOut† If you feel like it, finish with a drizzle of truffle oil.

18BBQ Jackfruit Mac and Cheese from BOSH

For a meatier mac, check out this quick recipe. After all, when you’re at a barbecue, why put your mac on the side when it can be the star?
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Date Night Mac

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19Plum Bistro’s Mac and Cheese by Makini Howell

Taken from the pages of Plum: delicious vegan dishes from Seattle’s Plum BistroThis recipe defines white tablecloth mac and cheese. The luxuriously thick, thyme-infused cheese sauce pours over baked elbow macaroni and is finished with toasted breadcrumbs and smoked tofu. Plum’s vegan mac is definitely date night worthy.
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20Vegan Cashew Mac and Cheese with Lobster Mushrooms by Lisa Dawn Angerame

The outdated rule of separating cheese and seafood doesn’t apply if it’s vegan! The cheesy, roasted garlic sauce pairs perfectly with chewy lobster mushrooms for a sophisticated dish you can’t get out of a box.
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21Vegan Baked White Mac and Cheese by Lauren Hartman

There’s one in every crowd – some people just prefer vegan white cheddar. This white mac and cheese with breadcrumbs and toasted pecans is just for you.
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22White vegan macaroni with truffle and cheese from Rabbit and Wolves

Do you really want to impress someone? Invest in a bottle of quality truffle oil. This recipe is quite simple and the ingredient list is intentionally short to let this coveted ingredient shine. Note: once you get a taste of truffles, it’s hard to go back to the original.
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For even more pasta recipes, read:
Cremy Vegan Copycate Panera Mac and Cheese
Vegan Cajun Coconut Sweet Potato Rigatoni
Vegan Cashew Cream Pumpkin Pasta

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