This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal!

This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based ‘cheese’ sauce, it’s the perfect addition to any meal!

This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Hey friends! In my kitchen, aka Jessica’s kitchen, I’ve made many dishes. Everything from tacos to no bake chocolate pudding to ice cream to even cauliflower buffalo wings. I’ve even made vegan mac and cheese before, but it was very seasonal using squash and pumpkin. After ENDLESS requests, finally, I have an everyday, weeknight vegan mac and cheese that will satisfy your cheese cravings (truly).

Oh my, friends – you will LOVE this. It’s the closest you’ll get to the real thing, and the cheese sauce is OUT of this world. Friends, this Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is on POINT.

This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

First of all, how am I just making this?! You may be asking. I’ve stayed away from vegan mac and cheese for a long while, because I knew that I would want to ABSOLUTELY perfect it. I wanted to make a vegan mac and cheese that had an explosive cheese taste that would make you want to share it with everyone.

I’m teaming back up with GreenLife Cookware, a healthy ceramic non-stick coating cookware company for this post and I couldn’t be more excited. If you saw my Thai Green Curry Recipe post, you know I fell in love immediately with this GreenLife Cookware because of these gorgeous turquoise pans, and also because its lead and cadmium free, and manufactured without PFAS and PFOA. So your food will not only be healthy and safe in ingredients, but also in cookware!

Making this vegan mac and cheese in the skillet also means you can just use the same skillet you cook in to bake it in = less dishes too friends! It also means cleanup is a complete breeze because the GreenLife Cookware pots and pan are really non-stick. If you’ve made mac and cheese before, it usually STICKS like crazy for cleanup – not here though. I am not exaggerating when I say that one quick swipe cleaned these right up.

This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

After lots of research, trial and error, I’ve come up with a recipe I truly love. The Mr. is a mac and cheese aficionado, tasted the cheese sauce first and gave me the official thumbs up. I’m definitely doing a separate post on this sauce I want to bottle because you NEED to pour that over your roasted potatoes (done), had it like nacho cheese with chips (done too) and use it anywhere and everywhere your heart desires!
I heavily modified my vegan cheese ball recipes so that’s it was more of a sauce but still creamy. Then, I added a combo of sautéed carrots, garlic and onions to it for colour and to give the sauce some body. I learned that trick while making my scotch bonnet pepper hot sauce, which by the way, would be divine drizzled over this vegan mac and cheese!
 This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com
After the sauce was complete, it was as simple as pouring it over the macaroni in the GreenLife pan, breading it, and baking it in the oven to set. I waited patiently for it to cool but I was definitely doing a little dance in my head. One bite into the hot, creamy and definitely cheesy mac and cheese and I knew I had to share this with you guys. Yes, I even had it for dinner that night. That alone, with some hot sauce of course. It’s that good.
By the way, if you’ve never tried it, this baked vegan mac and cheese transforms beautifully into mac and cheese waffles, just like these waffles. I love recreating leftovers, and the flavours are even more developed. A slightly crisp outside with a creamy inside? Sounds like the mac and cheese waffles of my dreams. Enjoy!

This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW IT’S MADE:

Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese (Gluten Free)

Preparation 00:25 Cook Time 00:25 Serves 6-7     adjust servings
This Creamy Baked Vegan Mac & Cheese is undeniably divine! Made with an amazing, cashew based 'cheese' sauce, it's the perfect addition to any meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (12 oz/340g) elbow macaroni, gluten free if needed
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5g) olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 large carrot (112g), chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion (72g), halved and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • Juice of one lime (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 tablespoon tamari/liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

BREADCRUMB TOPPING

  • 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • salt & pepper to taste (for breadcrumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter/coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Prepare elbow pasta according to package directions. You can do this while the carrots are being cooked. Drain and pour into a pan (I used Greenlife pans. You can use the same pan as below - just leave the pasta in a colander, then after carrot mixture has been made, add to pan).
  3. In a pan over medium heat (I used Greenlife pans) heat the oil add in the carrots, onions and the garlic, stirring to combine. Cover with lid and allow to steam/roast until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. In a large high speed blender add the carrot mixture, cashews, salt and pepper, ground mustard, lime juice, tamari, nutritional yeast, paprika, ground nutmeg, and almond milk.
  6. Blend together for about 1 minute on a strong speed, until sauce is completely smooth and incorporate. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  7. Pour the sauce over the Mac and cheese in a skillet. Stir to combine.
  8. Mix breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to taste and vegan butter in a small dish with a small whisk or fork until combined. Sprinkle over the top of the Mac and cheese, covering completely.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes until Mac and cheese is set, then broil for a few minutes until top is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly then serve and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

This recipe is vegan and gluten free.
To make this soy free, you can use coconut aminos instead of tamari or liquid aminos, and soy-free vegan butter.

Prep time doesn't include soaking the cashews overnight.

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17 comments

  1. That looks so rich and seriously delicious!

  2. Mac ‘n cheese is the ultimate comfort food in my mind, so this vegan version looks SO good! I’m loving all of that cheese and the fact that it’s gluten free, too. Is it bad that I’m craving this for breakfast? 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks SO much Gayle!! Haha I totally totally had this as Mac and cheese waffles for breakfast!!

  3. Amber says:

    Tamarind is listed in the instructions but not the ingredients list. Is that a misprint!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Amber,

      Haha yikes! Yes totally – autocorrect! That should say tamari. Thanks SO much for pointing that out!! If you try I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

  4. Alma Vorrei says:

    The crispy topping on your mac and cheese looks so delicious! It is total comfort food – I love this!

  5. OMG!!! Jessica this was truly A-Mazing. I have never had Mac & Cheese before as I didn’t like the idea of it coming out of a box stinking like feet. But you my dear, I take my hat off to you. I freakin love this dish. So, so tasty. Keep up the awesome work. I am looking forward to cooking more of your dishes.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Julieanne,

      Oh I am just so happy to hear that!! Your comment means a lot to me haha. You’re so very welcome and thanks for sharing your feedback!

  6. Jenn says:

    What about an alternative for the cashews and almond milk? We have allergies to wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts!😬

  7. Cassandra says:

    Does this dish freeze well?

  8. Carol says:

    This was really good. The lime juice had me worried but it worked. Many compliments

  9. Jacqui says:

    Tried the Baked Mac N Cheese tonight and it was delicious! It had a great flavor and was fairly easy to make. I would definitely recommend it and will make it again.

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