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Vegan Mac and Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 09, 2022
The combination of soaked cashews and nutritional yeast creates a savory sauce for this vegan mac and cheese. The cashews don't blend up completely smooth, but will have a fine texture even after processing, which helps the sauce cling to the noodles. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 16 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Rinse cashews in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add water to cover by 3 in. Cover and let stand overnight.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse cashews, discarding liquid. Transfer to a food processor. Add 1-1/2 cups water, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and seasonings; cover and process until pureed, 3-4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Drain macaroni; return to pan. Stir in cashew mixture. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until heated through. Sprinkle with additional paprika if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 497 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 803mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein.

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