best vegan mac n cheese recipes

24 Top Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipes

Mac ‘n’ cheese – is there anything better than this comfort food that brings back fond childhood memories? These vegan mac ‘n’ cheese recipes are comfort food at their finest.

Homemade mac ‘n’ cheese was a staple in our house growing up. We would make huge batches of this cheesy baked pasta dish to have on hand for weeknights.

Of course, at that time of my life we used cheddar cheese, Velveeta, milk and butter. All of which don’t really have a place now in my plant based kitchen.

If you follow this blog, you will know that my family has agreed to also eating plant based 1x a week. The struggle though? Finding familiar dishes that would fill them up and win them over to the plant based lifestyle.

Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese for Plant Based Families

To successfully transition them, I reached out to a wonderful blogging community of vegan food bloggers. They submitted so many great vegan family friendly main dishes! So many that, we sorted through 20 of the best of them and posted them here – 20 Easy Vegan + Family Friendly Weeknight Dinners.
A common thread though when I sorted through the recipes that were submitted – dairy free Mac and Cheese!
There were so many great vegan mac ‘n’ cheese recipes, that I decided they needed a home of their own!

Whether you need gluten free or dairy free – nut free or something just please your meatless Monday family – this plant based pasta list is sure to satisfy!
So there you have it! Top plant based mac ‘n’ cheese recipes that are all about that comfort food we grew up on – the iconic mac n’ cheese. Test them out on your family and let us know what was your favorite!

Rhian’s Recipes brings us this creamy Vegan White Bean Mac and Cheese (GF). White beans add a protein punch, miso a salty addition and nutritional yeast for extra cheese flavor! This mac ‘n’ cheese can be on the table fast to fill the bellies of your hungry family.

Melanie at A Virtual Vegan created this Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese (nut free) to remind her of her favorite dish before going vegan! She tried many other vegan mac before creating this one – and we gotta admit that the buttery, cripsy crumb topping really wins us over on this version. If you grew up going to church potlucks, where the non – vegan crumb topped casseroles were center table – this will also win you over!

Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine dishes up this one pot vegan mac & cheese! If you are feeling a mac attack this recipe is for you. This recipe is allergy friendly (meaning it is dairy free, gluten free, nut free!) and can be on the table in 10 minutes. Skip that yellow / blue box and try this instead!

Hungry Haley knows her mac n’ cheese and this recipe Cauliflower and Spinach Mac n’ Cheese packs an extra veggie punch! Made with her Cashew Cheeze sauce and then adding cauliflower and spinach, this can be ready and on the table in a jiff!

Secretly Healthy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese – I don’t know about you, but love when a recipe starts with secretly healthy! I get happy because I know that I will be feeding something both my family and I love! This smoky macaroni and cheese secretly hides sweet potato, carrots in a cheesy sauce! What’s not to love about that? Thanks, Sarah from My Darling Vegan!

Need a recipe to win over your man? Ding, ding, ding! Winner here with this Vegan Bacon Mac Beer and Cheese. What man doesn’t love when bacon and beer are in the recipe title! I know mine does. Plant Power Couple entered this recipe in a Mac N Cheese – so enough said – if it is contest worthy it is for your table worthy!  

Michelle at Healthier Steps has the perfect family friendly Vegan Mac n Cheese! This mac n cheese is cheesy, velvety, creamy and buttery. No one will know it’s vegan, it is ultimate comfort.

Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Mac from our blog is a cross between an alfredo sauce and mac ‘n’ cheese sauce but that doesn’t matter because everyone will be headed back for a second serving when you serve this creamy dairy free mac ‘n’ cheese dish for dinner.

Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin from Fried Dandelions is a great way to sneak the veggies into dinnertime! Nutritional yeast gives a cheesy taste while pureed pumpkin gives an extra dose of vitamins.

Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from V Nutrition and Wellness adds a spicy kick to your mac and cheese and is healthy with both cauliflower and spinach.

Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese from This Healthy Kitchen is healthy comfort food that is picky eater approved! This mac and cheese has a great color from sweet potato, and a cheesy taste from cashews.

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese from Healthy Happy Life is cravable and comforting! The ‘cheesy’ sauce fluffs up each piece of pasta as it bakes in the oven, making each bite a savory delight.

Macho Mac and Cheese Nachos from Vegan Yack Attack is a carb loaded feast! It uses some fresh and some store bought ingredients for this comfort food that you will want to keep digging into one chip at a time.

Thai Red Curry Mac and Cheese from Fragrant Vanilla Cake uses sweet potatoes to make it creamy, secretly healthy and give it a great color. The addition of Thai red curry paste gives this mac and cheese a fun asian twist.

Oil Free Mac and Cheese by Sweet Simple Vegan is a simple dish made with cashews, russet potatoes and turmeric powder for color! A plant based dish everyone will love.

Nut Free Vegan Mac and Cheese from My Pure Plants is an easy 20 minute mac and cheese that is budget friendly! This recipes uses sunflower seeds, a carrot, sweet potato and nutritional yeast to give it amazing vegan mac and cheese taste.

Bruschetta Mac and Cheese from Lettuce Veg Out combines savory bruschetta with creamy mac and cheese for a dish that is unique in both looks and tastes!

Oil Free Vegan Kale Mac and Cheese from Veeg takes classic vegan mac and adds a pop of color with kale! Coconut milk and cashews make this mac and cheese oh so creamy good!

Creamy Avocado Mac and Cheese from Zen and Zaatar pairs a smokey herb avocado sauce with a cream sauce for a vibrant dish that you will have no regrets polishing off in on sitting!

Vegan ‘Lobster’ Beer Mac from Vegan Travel Eats is ultra decadent and will leave you groaning for another bite. The sauce uses vegan cream cheese, brown ale and cashews and the lobster is Hearts of Palm.

Dairy Free Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese from Eat with Clarity uses roasted garlic, almond milk, nutritional yeast and vegan parm for a melty stretchy cheesy mac.

Ultra Gooey Vegan Instant Pot Mac and Cheese from Instant Veg uses cauliflower in the sauce to give a smooth, creamy taste! This recipe is kid approved and made in the instant pot.

Ultimate Vegan Mushroom Mac and Cheese from My Quiet Kitchen is the ultimate, cheesy, umami-rich, mushroom lover’s vegan mac and cheese. It uses cashews, vegan cheese slices and chickpea miso.

Jalapeño Cheddar Vegan Mac and Cheese from the Cheeky Chickpea is made with Rotel and pickled jalapeños to give this spicy mac a wonderful kick!

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