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20-Minute Mac and Cheese (Vegan)

Ever wanted mac and cheese but like, right now? This is the recipe for you! This easy vegan mac and cheese requires just 20 minutes from start to finish! The cashew sauce is easy to make and out of this world: vibrant golden color, savory and cheesy, and incredibly creamy. This is the perfect dish for when you’re craving homemade comfort food fast. Let us show you how it’s done!

Shell pasta, cashews, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic, turmeric, pepper, and chili powder

This mac and cheese starts with cooking the noodles. Any type of noodle will work, but shell-shaped is our top choice because the shells hold the sauce like they’re little spoonfuls. Yum! The noodles can be wheat-based, gluten-free, or even legume-based (like Banza) for extra protein and fiber.

When cooking the pasta, make sure to reserve some of the pasta water because it will be used to make the sauce!

Blender with cashews, garlic, nutritional yeast, chili powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper

The 8-ingredient sauce is creamy, cashew-based, and full of flavor from nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, turmeric, chili powder, salt, and pepper. The pasta water thins it out while also contributing flavor.

Shell pasta and creamy cashew cheese sauce

Once blended up, the sauce lathers the noodles for a seriously dreamy, reminiscent-of-childhood bowl of goodness.

Pot of our easy vegan mac and cheese recipe

An optional sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese takes it to the next, next level!

Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese over a bowl of vegan mac and cheese

We hope you LOVE this vegan mac and cheese! It’s:

Creamy
Cheesy
Quick & easy
Comforting
Balanced
& SO delicious!

Enjoy as an entrée or side anytime you’ve had a rough day or are craving something comforting yet nourishing! It would be especially delicious paired with our 1-Pot BBQ Baked Beans, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Easy Vegan Coleslaw, and/or Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad (Mayo-Free!).