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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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Love seeing all your remakes.

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
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Khira

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

The absolute BEST VEGAN MACARONI AND CHEESE EVER! I’m usually not a fan of vegan Mac, but this recipe is so simple And amazing. I have a picky 1 year old and he loves this also. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! ❤️

Florian

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Happy to hear it was such a big hit, Khira! Thanks for making and sharing it. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so valuable for other readers. Thanks so much.

Tricia

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Other than cutting the recipe in half to test it out and using Follow Your Heart brand padmesan because I already had it in the fridge, followed to the letter. World's simplest best mac and cheese! Something every cook (vegan or otherwise) needs in their arsenal of recipes. Forget the half, should have doubled. It was gone in minutes. My staunchly NOT VEGAN SIL loved it too. Will be making a large batch for a bbq next weekend. Thank you!

Florian

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Thanks a bunch for your great feedback and making it, Tricia. Happy to hear it was such a big hit. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

Lisa

Monday 1st of March 2021

Superb recipie, Florian! Better than using real milk from the ugly dairy industry that exploits cows! 😢

Florian

Monday 1st of March 2021

Hi Lisa! Happy to hear it was such a big hit and thanks for making it. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? Your experience is so helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

Roberta

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

I don’t normally write reviews but this one really deserves praise. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been craving real mac & cheese for a long time and my husband who won’t eat anything vegan, didn’t know the difference! I didn’t have the brand of cheeses you recommend so I used Trader Joe’s soy cheese blend and their vegan cream cheese (will have you fooled too.) This dish is So Delicious. 😋

Florian

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Thanks a bunch for your amazing feedback and making it, Roberta! Glad to hear it was such a big hit with your husband. Would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? This is super helpful for other readers. Thanks so much.

Kaela

Monday 21st of December 2020

I seen someone said that they used breadcrumbs. Would I bake it and if so for how long would you guess and also does it get "gummy" if not eaten right away?