Recipe of the Week: Classic Vegan Mac!

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Posted November 24, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

OK—last month I cooked up some pumpkin mac and cheese, but maybe that’s a little weird to you. Maybe you’re craving the good ol’ blue (or yellow) boxed mac … don’t worry, I’ve got you! Continuing our Thanksgiving dinner themed “Recipe of the Week” this month, I’m servin’ up some classic mac, quick, easy, cheap, and baked to delicious perfection. Oh, and FYI—this recipe will change your life, just sayin’.

What you need (this may look like a lot, but I’m willing to bet your ‘rents have most of this already):

  • 1 1/2 boxes of pasta—I prefer shells (see above!)
  • At least 1 1/2 cups of nutritional yeast (seriously, you know what this is by now, right?!)
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup of original soymilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1/4 block of firm (not silken) tofu
  • A little bit of mustard
  • 1 table spoon of garlic powder

First, throw your pasta into a pot of boiling water—you know how to cook pasta, don’t ya? Drain it and let it dry a bit. While it’s cookin’ and dryin’, bust out your trusty blender (or food processor, if you’re fancy). Throw all of the ingredients above (sans pasta, of course) into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Grab a baking pan (I use a clear one) that’s about the size of a brownie pan. Pour your pasta in there, and then cover with your noochy (that stands for nutritional yeast, FYI) goodness. Tap on some more paprika to taste, and throw it in the oven at 350 degrees. You want to bake it just enough to where the top of the pasta is a bit crispy and the cheese sauce is bubbly—so about 15/20 minutes.

Whip it out and wow your friends! Seriously—I have two non-vegan friends who are mac addicts, and they demand that I cook this for them whenever I come home. DELISH! Let me know how you like it!

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    1010 days ago

    I think I’m doing something extremely wrong… Mine was a really yucky tanish brown color and it didn’t taste good at all. ; n; I used some of the reductions others used, but you didn’t specify the amount of mustard to use, so I put too much in. :( I think I should use ground mustard instead next time, but does anyone else have any more tips? I just can’t get it right…

  • 1233 days ago

    I am making this now! But, I have yeast, but I’m not sure if it’s the right kind! I searched and searched for nutritional yeast and could not find it. I used fleischmann’s. And I didn’t have a whole cup and a half of soymilk left! Oops! Well we see how it turns out!

  • 1279 days ago

    Having a cruelty- free holiday and just made this. SO good!! Thank you, Rachel! I had tried making a nut cheese sauce before and was awful. I will make this a reglular in my home. I did slightly tweek it tho per kaykay as I didnt want to use so much oil. Came out great!

  • 1305 days ago

    I am addicted to this! As a matter of fact, I’m making it tonight!

  • 1363 days ago

    mine is in the oven baking right now;
    i tasted it before it went in and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S,
    but i made a few adjustments.
    First i mixed the paprika in, instead of sprinkling in on gave it a smoky flavor.
    next i used 1/2 a cup of olive oil instead of a whole cup,
    along with 1/2 cup of water instead of 1 cup.
    made it very thick and creamy

  • 1401 days ago

    Okay! I love this! So delicious! Thank you Rachel! :)

    Page- favorited.

  • 1401 days ago

    In the process of baking mine right now.
    It’s really watery and I’m not sure if that’s normal. We get huge boxes of pasta so I made 12 ounces. Hope that’s right!

  • 1475 days ago

    Thank you so much! My family and I are definitely going to try it! I’ve been trying to find a vegan mac and cheese, but most of the ones I found involved vegan cheese, and I have yet to find one I really like. So your recipe takes the cake; no already-made vegan cheese!

  • 1528 days ago

    First vegan meal I’ve ever made and I loved it!

  • 1583 days ago

    best thing ever!!! soooo tasty

  • 1602 days ago

    making this tonight! so excited!

  • 1606 days ago

    Definitely I will make it.

  • 1608 days ago

    I made this tonight and I used more pasta then you suggested but it was still too much sauce, I also put more like 2 cups or more of nutritional yeast and I used 1 cup of soymilk instead of 1 1/2.
    It was good though and my family ate it :)
    I’ve been vegan for a little over a month and so now I know a good vegan mac n’ cheese recipe! yay 😀
    This recipe is easy, you just have to make sure you have enough nutritional yeast around, which I will from now on!

  • 1638 days ago

    ooo i wanna make this!

  • Nia

    1641 days ago

    Mmm…I LOVE Mac and Cheese. This sounds delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!

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