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Easy Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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This isn’t Kraft’s mac ‘n’ cheese – it’s better. And healthier (you’re welcome, cholesterol levels.) And of course, vegan! We easily veganized a simple mac ‘n’ cheese by using:

Elbow Macaroni

Vegan Cheddar Cheese (we used Daiya)

Nondairy Milk (we used this rice milk)

Vegan Butter (we used this brand)

All Purpose Flour

+ Spices

So simple, right? You can thank us later.

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Easy Creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

This easy mac 'n' cheese tastes even better than the boxed stuff we all grew up eating – with no harm done!
4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups nondairy unsweetened, plain rice milk
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp yellow or dijon mustard
  • 2 cups vegan cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

Make the cheese sauce:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Stir in the flour and let cook for a few minutes, forming a roux.
  • Slowly add the milk while continuously stirring. Mix in the spices and mustard.
  • Let cook until the mixture bubbles, occasionally stirring.
  • Add the cheese while continuously stirring. Mix until it is completely melted.

Finish up:

  • Combine the cheese and noodles until completely combined. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Serve and top with extra paprika and parsley.
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    • Brittany
    • January 2, 2018
    Reply

    This looks so good!!! But- I really am not a fan of the daiya cheese.. do you have any alternatives for this recipe? What about just adding nutritional yeast to the roux?

    Thanks!!

      • Suzanne Halaburda
      • March 15, 2020
      Reply

      I used Daiya and couldn’t tell it was Daiya.

      • Jacqueline
      • March 25, 2020
      Reply

      5 stars
      Couldn’t tell it was Daiya! It was so good! Just made it for myself and my parents as a treat and they couldn’t tell the difference between this and the box stuff from the store!

        • Six Vegan Sisters
        • March 25, 2020
        Reply

        that’s what we like to hear!!! yay! so glad you and your parents loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sami susott
    • February 12, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    Turned out amazing!!!!!! Best mac and cheese ever!!!!

    • Jenna
    • February 12, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    This is the best Mac and cheese I ever tried. My brothers who are non vegans did not even know it was vegan and they LOVED it. Household favorite??

    • Becca Wood
    • February 12, 2020
    Reply

    Mac โ€˜nโ€™ cheese has always been my childhood favorite, but since Iโ€™ve been vegan I feel like Iโ€™ve been so deprived! So excited to try this recipe โ€” blessed!

      • Monique
      • May 27, 2020
      Reply

      Wondering why mine had a strong flavor of dijon mustard? I even measured. My kids were the critics and they did not like. Was really hoping to find a vegan mac recipe. Any ideas to make it better next time?

        • Six Vegan Sisters
        • May 28, 2020
        Reply

        You can omit the mustard for no mustard flavor!

    • Brandi
    • February 12, 2020
    Reply

    This Mac n cheese is sooo delicious! Thanks so much for sharing because this has become my go to Mac n cheese.

    • Maddie
    • February 12, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    the best vegan mac iโ€™ve made to date – so thankful for this recipe! my non vegan boyfriend is obsessed. i made it for thanksgiving & my (again, no vegan) family ate all of it! a must try

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • February 13, 2020
      Reply

      That’s amazing!!! We love hearing when non-vegan friends and fam love our recipes! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Christy
      • April 19, 2020
      Reply

      Hi! Do you think coconut milk or almond milk would work for this recipe, or would the flavor be too strong?

        • Six Vegan Sisters
        • April 19, 2020
        Reply

        It would probably be too strong. You could try subbing for unsweetened almond milk, but it will probably add a sweetness that we don’t particularly like. We would highly recommend using rice milk if you can! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Paula Vlahakis
    • June 2, 2020
    Reply

    Haven’t made this yet!! Sounds delicious – I use Daiya cheese all the time… Just wanted to know can I sub a gluten free flour as I am gluten free as well…

    • Jenny
    • September 10, 2020
    Reply

    1 star
    I don’t know if I did something wrong but it tasted really bland :/ I used just like “just like cheddar shreds” I halved the recipe too. I used unsweetened califa almond milk. I’m thinking maybe I added too much butter? Not sure just wasn’t good to me. Glad the rest of you enjoyed it tho! God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Six Vegan Sisters
      • September 21, 2020
      Reply

      Sorry you didn’t love it, Jenny! Maybe you’d like our baked vegan mac n cheese? The cashew cream adds a ton of flavor: https://www.sixvegansisters.com/2018/12/16/vegan-baked-mac-n-cheese/ let us know if you try it!

    • Malisa Angervil
    • November 26, 2020
    Reply

    I donโ€™t have rice milk, which alternative would you recommend, almond, oat or cashew milk?

      • Ruth
      • January 17, 2021
      Reply

      5 stars
      I used unsweetened oat milk and it was fine. Reckon I could double up on the onion powder and halve the paprika. Also. Save some of the sauce and dip a piece of bread in it and fry in butter. Oh. My. God.

    • Dana
    • December 11, 2020
    Reply

    5 stars
    Used this with almond milk and it was great! Any guidance on keeping leftover cheese sauce – fridge or freezer?

    • Maureen Bertan
    • February 17, 2021
    Reply

    Could I use Gluten free flour top make this GF?

    • Bethan Blakely
    • February 19, 2021
    Reply

    5 stars
    Oh wow, this was amazing! I tried a baked Mac n cheese recipe and it just didnโ€™t hit the mark. This one however, was delicious! I halved the recipe and removed the mustard. Also sprinkled some smoked paprika on the top. Heavenly! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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