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Creamy Mac and Cheese

This Creamy Mac and Cheese is seriously the best you’ve ever tried. It is ready in under 15 minutes and made with simple ingredients that you’ve already have on hand. Even the pickiest kids will eat this and want a second plate in no time. A keeper that the whole family will love and no one would ever taste or guess it is entirely vegan.

A saucepan full with the creamy Mac and Cheese.

You know I do not get tired of making Mac and Cheese recipes. Stunners like my Garlic Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese, the One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese, or the Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.

If you are looking for more ideas use the search bar and keep your craving mile high.

Today’s recipe is taking a somewhat more traditional turn: lots of vegan cheese, creamy, and so comforting.

Overview of the ingredients needed for this Creamy Mac and Cheese.

Step 1: Melting the vegan cheddar on low heat.

I have tested this recipe in and out to get it absolutely right and seriously the result and the flavor were simply amazing

Go ahead and try this Creamy Mac and Cheese, because it is:

  • easy to prepare with step by step pictures
  • great for leftover pasta
  • super creamy
  • rich
  • flavorful

 

  • filling
  • satisfying
  • comforting
  • kids friendly
  • ready in under 15 minutes

Step 2: mixing in the vegan cream cheese.

Step 3: adding some plant milk to make the sauce smoother.

What’s in this Mac and Cheese sauce

As I mentioned, this recipe is very traditional: just pasta and a cheese sauce.

Of course this means that the sauce is the most important part of the dish. To get the best combination of creaminess and flavor, you will need:

  • vegan cream cheese
  • butter (vegan)
  • vegan cheddar and parmesan
  • almond milk

Final step: Mix cheese sauce with pasta.

What you need for this vegan Mac and Cheese

Apart from those ingredients, not much is left to add: pasta and some spices.

Make sure you have the following at hand:

  • Macaroni noodles – this works perfectly with leftover pasta
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder

Optionally you can also add some smoked paprika.

Closeup view showing the pasta soaked in creamy sauce.

How to make stove top Mac and Cheese

Start out with a large casserole or pot and melt vegan butter on low heat. Now add the vegan cheddar and also melt it while stirring all the time. Still on low heat – this is important!

When the cheddar and butter is combined to a smooth mix, stir in the vegan cream cheese. Then add plant milk and parmesan and combine everything to a smooth sauce.

Finally, give precooked macaroni to the pot, mix well, and season with salt and pepper (and optional smoked paprika). Heat everything for 5 minutes, then serve in bowl or on plates. 

Lifting a spoonful of the ready dish out of the pan.

My Creamy Mac and Cheese makes such a perfect option for dinner, lunch, or meal prep that you can always count on.

It is especially amazing as a make ahead meal.

You can store it in the fridge for around 5 days, when covered with a lid on top.

Give some fresh pepper over the Creamy Mac and Cheese for extra flavor.

Can I freeze this?

Yes you absolutely can! But before freezing it, please make sure it cools down properly.

Use an airtight container with a lid of choose freezer bags. It will stay fresh in the freezer for around 2 months.

You can even make a bigger batch, If you want to.

Easy and ready in 15 minutes: this Creamy Mac and Cheese is incredibly satisfying, delicious and so easy to make. Everyone will eat this, even the pickiest eaters. It tastes better than the real deal and no one would ever taste it is vegan. #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree #vegetarian #comfortfood #contentednesscooking #dinner #lunch #mealprep #creamymacandcheese #veganmacandcheese

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Cheers, Florian.

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Creamy Mac and Cheese is seriously the best you've ever tried. It is ready in under 15 minutes and made with simple ingredients that you've already have on hand. Even the pickiest kids will eat this and want a second plate in no time. A keeper that the whole family will love and no one would ever taste or guess it is entirely vegan.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Macaroni (leftover is great, use gf if needed)
  • 2 Tbs vegan butter
  • 10 oz vegan cheddar, finely cut
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 batch Vegan Parmesan Cheese (3 ingredients, 1 min)
  • 7 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt, pepper to taste

Optional:

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Start out with a large casserole or pot and melt vegan butter on low heat. Now add the vegan cheddar and also melt it while stirring all the time. Still on low heat - this is important!
  2. When the cheddar and butter are combined to a smooth mix, stir in the vegan cream cheese. Then add plant milk and parmesan and combine everything to a smooth sauce.
  3. Finally, give precooked macaroni to the pot, mix well, and season with salt and pepper (and optional smoked paprika). Heat everything for 5 minutes, then serve in bowl or on plates.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 564Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12.6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 312mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 13gProtein: 15g

Carla

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Hey, I have some vegan sour cream I want to use up could k use that in place of the cream cheese?

Florian

Thursday 29th of July 2021

Hi Carla! It will work, but the result will be different. Let me know what you think.

Sarah

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Hey! I love this recipe! One thing I've noticed from using the Whole Foods vegan cheese is that my sauce comes out slightly chunky and yours seems to be more smooth. Still tastes amazing though! Was just wondering which vegan cheddar cheese do you use?

Florian

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Hi Sarah! Violife is great. Hope that helps.

Yvonne Siber

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

i did this recipe tonight for dinner as a meatless option. Instead of the suggested milks, I used 2% milk, l all I had on hand was grated cheese and I know less than 1.5 C Parmesan cheese. It all worked, fabulously! This was delicious!!! Thank you for posting. My family enjoyed it!

Florian

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Hi Yvonne! Thanks for your great feedback. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

Lori

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

This Mac and Cheese is delicious! I used Follow Your Heart Parmesan instead then I added breadcrumbs and baked it for kicks. The only thing I would do differently is cut the garlic powder by half!

Florian

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

Thanks for your great feedback, Lori! Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? This is super helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

Jamie

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Omg! This is delicious. My non vegan husband had Mac and cheese from Panera and it sent me searching for a recipe. This one is creamy and awesome! Thank you :)

Florian

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Thanks a bunch for your great feedback and making it, Jamie! Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

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