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Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce Recipe
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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

This is the only vegan macaroni and cheese recipe you'll ever need because it's the real deal! It's super creamy, extra cheesy, kid-friendly, non-vegan approved, and it's ready in only 25 minutes! Complete your weeknight dinner or holiday table with this classic veganized side dish! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 689kcal

Equipment

  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Large Pot

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt 4 tbsp butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 4 tbsp flour to the melted butter and whisk it for about 3 minutes to make a roux. Slowly pour in the 3 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk while whisking continuously. Let it heat up for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. 
  • While you're making the cheese sauce, cook the elbow noodles in salted, boiling water in a separate large pot. When the noodles are done cooking, reserve 1 cup of the salted water (in case you want to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency), and drain the rest of the water.
  • Add the vegan shredded cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper to the small saucepan. Keep stirring until all the cheese melts and sauce is thick and creamy.
  • Pour the hot cheese sauce over the cooked noodles and mix it well so the cheese sauce coats every noodle. Garnish with fresh parsley. 

Notes

  • Make sure to use unsweetened plant milk so the vegan cheese sauce won't taste sweet.
  • Use elbow noodles or any type of noodle that twists or curves because it will catch and hold the sauce the best.
  • The turmeric powder isn't for flavor, it's what gives the macaroni its classic yellow color.  
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or freeze it for a future meal. 

Nutrition

Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 3mg