Vegan Mac and Cheese

October 10, 2016

This vegan mac and cheese is so rich and creamy you’d never know it was dairy-free. This recipe is gluten-free and has veggies with more nutrition for kids.

This vegan mac and cheese recipes looks just like conventional mac and cheese but is dairy-free.

Mac and cheese is so popular with kids, that I get a ton of emails from parents of picker eaters requesting mac and cheese recipes utilizing vegetables. I always recommend using cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash, or pumpkin.

I used cauliflower in the white mac and cheese with mushrooms I posted a few years ago. But, that mac and cheese isn’t yellow, and doesn’t pass for the traditional cheddar mac n cheese that most American kids are used to.

To get a yellow color in your cheese sauce, mashed steamed carrots work a treat. Carrots also add a slight sweetness to the sauce. To get a creamy texture I always use a base of vegetable broth and raw unsalted cashews; for a cheesy flavor I use a mixture of lemon juice, nutritional yeast, mustard, and salt; and for a slight smokey flavor I love adding smoked paprika. Then I like to toss the macaroni with some finely chopped broccoli florets. You could always leave these out if your kids are greenophobes.

I shared this vegan mac and cheese recipe on the KitchenAid® blog to celebrate the launch of their new Pro Line® Series blender, which is now the most powerful blender on the market. It was available in the United States exclusively through Williams-Sonoma, but is slowly rolling out to other stores like Macy’s in the U.S. This new high-speed machine will launch in other stores in the U.S, as well as stores in Australia and Europe in November.

I know many of you absolutely love your KitchenAid® stand mixer, and now there’s a gorgeous high-speed blender that you can match to it. And, it’s the best blender on the market!

This blender takes blending to a whole new level, with the most power at the blade; the world’s first insulated dual-wall container (that heats soup faster than any other machine); a die-cast metal base (as opposed to the plastic bases of other high-speed blenders); a jar pad that holds the container slightly indented for ultimate stability; and a 10-year warranty. The other high-speed machines on the market have 7-year warranties.

I believe in this blender so much that for the first time in my career I signed on to officially endorse a blender as an ambassador. As part of my role as the global spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders, I presented a series of videos taking you through all of the features, and I created two dozen delicious easy recipes to help you get the most out of your machine.

*I am the spokesperson for KitchenAid® blenders. But, my opinions are my own.


Vegan Mac and Cheese

This vegan mac and cheese is so rich and creamy you'd never know it was dairy-free. This recipe is gluten-free and has veggies with more nutrition for kids. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tess Masters



  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a splash of olive oil and pinch of salt. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package until al dente, and drain thoroughly. Transfer the pasta back to the pot, and stir through the tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
  2. To make the sauce, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat and sauté the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Throw the broth, onion mixture, lemon juice, cashews, carrots, nutritional yeast, salt, mustard, pepper, and smoked paprika into your KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender and blast on high for 40 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.
  4. Pour the sauce onto the pasta, add the steamed broccoli, and gently stir to combine. On low heat, warm gently. Transfer to a shallow baking dish and serve family style, or portion out into bowls. Season to taste.

Recipe Notes

Find more recipes for your KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender.
Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


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