Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheeze

I’m so excited to be sharing today’s recipe with you… it’s for a creamy vegan Mac and Cheeze that’s really simple and quick to make. When I first made the sauce, I was amazed at how good it tasted, especially considering how basic the ingredients are (and that it doesn’t contain any cheese!) I had a hard time stopping myself from spooning the whole lot into my mouth straight from the blender!

And not only is it delicious, but it’s healthy too! For me, this Mac and Cheese is comfort food at its finest. It’s been a winner with my family and I hope you enjoy it too!

There are a number of ways to make plant-based alternatives to dairy cheese sauce. For example, you can blend potatoes or squash with vegetable broth, or you can make a béchamel-style sauce with plant milk and vegan ‘cheese’. Over the years, I’ve experimented with them all, however to this day, blended cashews remains my favourite (it’s the one I use for the cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheeze recipe in my cookbook).

It is also probably the easiest vegan ‘cheese’ sauce to make. It’s simply a case of throwing the ingredients in a high speed blender and whizzing smooth. I used my Optimum power blender and it literally took a few seconds to transform into the silkiest smooth sauce.

And what I especially love about this sauce is that it tastes decadent and creamy, yet it’s packed full of nutritional goodness! Cashews are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, plus they provide protein, fibre and minerals, such as magnesium and manganese. 

Another secret ingredient in the sauce is carrot. Not only does the carrot enhance the colour and flavour of the sauce, but it provides an abundance of antioxidant betacarotene (which the body converts into vitamin A).

The savoury ‘cheesy’ flavour in the sauce comes from nutritional yeast flakes, which also happens to have an amazing nutrient profile. It’s especially rich in protein, B vitamins and zinc. Here in the UK, the most common brand of nutritional yeast flakes available in our larger supermarkets and health food shops is the Marigold Engevita Nutritional Yeast Flakes.

The onion powder also adds an incredible ‘cheesy onion’ flavour. It’s amazing stuff! Sadly, at present, onion powder isn’t available in UK supermarkets, but you can buy it from independent health food shops or online. (I buy mine from the zero waste jars in Harvest, Bath).

For this dish, a pasta tube or twist is best as it helps hold onto the sauce. You could either use a wheat pasta or one of the many gluten-free pastas now available. A current favourite of mine is Napolina’s 50% / 50 % (50% durum wheat and 50% whole wheat durum semolina.) It’s much higher in fibre than refined white pasta, but I find it isn’t ‘grainy’ like 100% whole wheat pasta can be. Thus 50/50 gives the best of both worlds! 

Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheeze

This creamy vegan Mac and Cheeze is really simple and quick to make. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed full of nutritional goodness. For me, this is comfort food at its finest!
Hands-on Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4


Cheese sauce

  • 135 g / 1 cup cashews
  • 160 g / 1 cup of carrot thinly sliced
  • 240 ml / 1 cup water
  • 28 g / ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 400 g / 14 oz pasta


  • Place the cashews in a heat proof bowl. Pour on boiling hot water and leave for 10 minutes to soften, then drain.
  • In a large pan, steam the carrot for 10 minutes, or until just soft (the thinner you slice the carrot, the quicker it will cook).
  • Remove the steamer from the pan, top up with boiling water and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pan.
  • Meanwhile, place the cashews and 1 cup of water in a high speed blender and whizz until smooth. Add the remaining sauce ingredients – the cooked carrot, nutritional yeast, vinegar, onion powder and salt – and blend until silky smooth. Taste test, and add a touch more seasoning if desired.
  • Pour the sauce into a small saucepan and gently heat through, stirring regularly. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to the pan. Add the sauce and stir through.
  • Serve the pasta in warm bowls alongside your favourite green veggies*.
  • Any leftover sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to five days. It is also freezable. It thickens up over time, so whisk in a splash more water when re-heating.


*My family’s favourite greens to serve with this dish are either roasted broccoli or Cavolo Nero (aka Lacinato kale), mushrooms and onions sautéed in soy sauce. We prepare the side dish while the carrots are steaming.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Easy Vegan Meals, Family Friendly, Gluten-Free Option, Oil-Free, Vegan Dinners, Vegan Pasta Dish

N.B. The above values are estimates. The actual nutritional values will vary depending on the brands and ingredients used.

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