Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe: Easy and Cheesy

10th February 2018

What a busy few weeks it’s been. Real life things have had to take priority as I have been job-hunting, interviewing and doing my best to get my life in order before my work contract ends at the end of April. Luckily, I am currently sat in my grandparents’ house in the calm and quiet for a few days so I have time to pull together my vegan mac and cheese recipe.

I was never sold on mac and cheese, even before going vegan, passing it off as an American fad. I always thought pasta deserved strong and bold flavours (like my spaghetti bolognese) but I have come to love the comforting simple taste that comes with a vegan mac and cheese. Now, there’s not many things I like better than doing a Nigella and picking at this out of the fridge later on in the evening after all of the dishes have been washed.

In case you hadn’t guessed from my cauliflower cheese or my pizza recipes, I don’t think a vegan diet has to be a cheese-less one. I am developing more of a taste for vegan cheese which really adds to the vegan cheese sauce recipe here. Most Irish supermarkets now stock some form of vegan cheese, but if you can’t find any get in touch and I’ll point you in the right direction. There’s also wildly varying quality in these but I would recommend Follow Your Heart, although I have yet to try Daiya which many say is the best.

This recipe is perfect for when you just need some vegan comfort food after a long day in work. It makes a lot too so what I usually do is make the full recipe and freeze some portions for work lunches. You might get some funny looks across the canteen as you let them know that yes – vegans can still have cheese!

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Vegan Mac and Cheese
Vegan Mac and Cheese
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp dairy free spread
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 litre unsweetened plant milk I use cashew but any will do
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 8 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp mustard djion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 500 grams macaroni
  • 100 grams vegan cheese grated (optional)
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp dairy free spread
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 litre unsweetened plant milk I use cashew but any will do
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 8 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp mustard djion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 500 grams macaroni
  • 100 grams vegan cheese grated (optional)
Vegan Mac and Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Add the olive oil to a saucepan on a low-medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the saucepan and cook for 5-6 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the dairy free spread and allow to melt fully.
  5. Take off the heat, add the flour and stir until fully combined.
  6. Return to the heat and cook the flour mix for 2 minutes.
  7. Take off the heat.
  8. Very slowly add the plant milk, whisking as you add until all is added and fully combined.
  9. Return to the heat.
  10. Add the nutritional yeast, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, sweet paprika, salt and pepper.
  11. Stir regularly for about 10 minutes until the sauce just starts to bubble and then remove from heat.
  12. Meanwhile cook macaroni al dente as per packet instructions (Approximately 12 minutes).
  13. Drain the pasta and pour evenly into a large casserole dish.
  14. Pour the sauce over the pasta, spreading evenly as you go.
  15. Top with grated vegan cheese if using.
  16. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until nice and bubbly.

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