Let me tell you, this is by far, the creamiest, the cheesiest, the most AMAZING Vegan Mac and Cheese ever!
Remember how silky smooth that box of Velveeta got after you melted it? Yeah - it's like that. Only this isn't really 'cheese' at all. In fact, there's not a single drop of dairy in it. Nope, and no tofu or cashews either.
So what makes it so creamy you ask? A secret ingredient, and when I tell you.... you're gonna flip.
When I used to work nights, sleeping any kind of normal hours on my days off was completely out of the question. So as I was laying in bed early one morning, watching a Vegan cooking show of all things, I saw this guy by the name of Chef Mark Anthony, and he was making a cheese sauce.
Now most vegan cheese sauces I have tried so far, are made from Tofu or Cashews, which are ok....... but not everyone likes Tofu. Plus there are LOTS of people that stay away from nuts, because of their high-fat content or because they're allergic.
So when this guy starts making a vegan cheese sauce, with Carrots and Potatoes of all things, I woke up pretty quickly.
Carrots and Potatoes? Cheese?
Needless to say, I took a lot of mental notes that night, and that next day...... me and my blender made magic happen.
And let me tell you it is by far, the creamiest vegan cheese I have ever had. So Chef Mark Anthony?
Kudos dude….seriously, thousands of Vegans are now thanking you. This Vegan Mac and Cheese was inspired and adapted from his amazing idea.
Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce
I actually weighed out 3 Yukon Gold potatoes to about 16oz, or 1 lb. After cutting off any eyes I cut these into small chunks and added them to a pot of cold water.
I then added 2 carrots to the water. The more carrots you use, the more orange the sauce becomes, but also the sweeter it becomes as well. So adjust to your own taste accordingly.
Bring your veggies to a boil and set your timer for 10 minutes. After the timer goes off, turn off the heat and let the pot cool off for about 5 minutes or so. I wanted the carrots to become as soft as possible for the blending process.
NEW INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:
You can ALSO use your Instant Pot! Just add your potatoes, carrots, and 1 full cup of water to your Instant Pot, and set it for MANUAL and 12 minutes. Allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes and that's it. Instant potatoes and carrots.
With a slotted spoon, transfer the veggies to the blender and add about ½ cup of the hot potato water. Pulse until it starts to become smooth, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Blend on high until it becomes as smooth and creamy as you can get it. You can add more of the potato water to thin it out if you want, but about ½ cup was just right for me.
Now before we make the vegan mac and cheese - go ahead and get a chip or something. I know you're dying to try this … so go ahead and get it over with 🙂
Just like I said, right?
Cheesey! Told ya so 🙂
Vegan Mac and Cheese
To make the macaroni and cheese, just rinse out your potato pot and add some clean, cold water with just a pinch of salt.
When it starts to boil, toss in about 2 cups of your favorite pasta noodles.
Set your timer to whatever the pasta directions say, and when you get to about 5 minutes left before the timer goes off, add in a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables.
After 5 minutes, drain your noodles and veggies. Now simply add in as much of the cheese sauce as you like. I didn't measure mine, but it was enough to make everything nice and gooey, and I still had plenty left. Just make sure everything is coated really well.
Nice and gooey. Yeah….
As you can see in the pictures, it came out great.
A truly fat-free vegan mac and cheese made from potatoes and carrots.
Who woulda thought?
Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
The creamiest, the cheesiest, the most decadent Vegan Mac and Cheese ever! Creamy delicious cheese, without using dairy, nuts, or tofu.
- 16 oz Yukon Gold Potatoes (about 3 medium)
- 1-2 Carrots
- ½ cup Water
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbs Nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp Brown or Yellow Mustard
- ¼ tsp Turmeric
- 2 cups Elbow Macaroni
- 1 bag Frozen Broccoli ((a 12oz bag))
- Wash and scrub both potatoes and carrots, peel if desired.
- Chop into uniform pieces and boil for 10 minutes.
INSTANT POT: Or - simply add them to your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water. Set to MANUAL and cook for 7 minutes. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes before opening lid.
- Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes
- With a slotted spoon, transfer veggies to a blender
- Add ½ cup of the hot potato water (more if needed to blend smoothly)
- Pulse to mix
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
- Boil pasta until al dente
- Add in frozen vegetables to last 5 min of boiling
- Drain pasta, return to pan, and stir in however much cheese sauce you like until creamy and evenly coated
Keywords: vegan mac and cheese
I have been making something similar to this for my son who went vegan but really misses Mac N Cheese. You can use sweet potatoes instead of carrots and I think it's better. You can also puree a handful of cashews and blend in it to make it even more creamy (but higher fat of course.) Also I throw a couple of pieces of cauliflower in the pot with the potatoes when I'm cooking them and blend that in which I think also helps with the creaminess. We also make a Alfredo sauce with cauliflower which is really good. Thank you for the inspiring recipes!
What is your Alfredo sauce recipe !?
I’m making the cheese sauce tomorrow with sweet potato instead of carrots for a change
Is this recipe a rerun?
yes....updated photos but same recipe
Can you make and store the sauce in big batches? I love cheese on everything.
Yes, this freezes well.
This is delicious, and we especially like it with a package of mixed vegetables cooked with the macaroni, like in the original version.
Made this today. I am incredibly amazed at the creaminess of this sauce. I am new to vegan cooking 🙂 I may have added just a tad too much lime juice and don't know how to fix. It didn't quite have the cheese flavor I was looking forward too. Would you recommend to add more nutritional yeast to add that nutty or cheesy flavor? Overall I really enjoyed following this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.
Very creamy and delicious. Next time I'll add a bit more salt and Nutritional Yeast. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 !
suggestions as to the pasta to sauce ratio? I'm wondering how much pasta for a whole batch (or is that how it is listed?) or could one batch do ay 2 cups pasta and nachos as well?
About how much does this make?? I need 2 1/2 cups of just the “cheese sauce” for a different recipe. Thanks. Also I used your cauliflower:/mushroom “meat” in my family’s soppy joe mix and it was great ?. Thanks ??
Just tried this. Was very creamy, wonderful consistency. Unfortunately i didn't care for the flavor, doesn't taste like cheese, has an unusual tang & I followed the recipe to a "T". Any suggestions?
Because it's NOT cheese. How long has it been since you've had real cheese? If it's been recent - it's not GOING to taste like cheese. But the longer you are away from it, the better it tastes. Sorry - but that's the truth. The taste and consistency to me are close enough, and that's all that matters.
I completely agree. It has a weird tang to it. I attribute that to the mustard that is in it. And while I do not expect it to taste like real cheese, it does not even taste good as faux cheese. Next time, I will be trying it without mustard and adding a bit more nooch to it.
I leave out the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I’m guessing this is included to give the sauce a bit of a bite similar to why you taste with sharp cheddar.
Delish! I added a whole white onion & a ton of garlic to the boiling veggies. Then topped the mac & cheese with garlic broccoli. Thank you for sharing!
This cheese is sooooo delicious!
I love this! Used Yukon, carrot, and yam. Also added paprika. Unbelievably creamy!
Love this recipe I use it all the time.???
I really love this cheese sauce! I made it just as the recipe indicated. My sister came over for lunch and we served it over Brussels sprouts and we both loved it! This recipe fills a hole for me as to what to put over veggies besides tons of butter. This is an outstanding recipe and a keeper for me! Thank you Chuck! I love a man who cooks!
Made this today and it is really good. It is so versatile to use for Mac & Cheese, on baked potatoes or as a dip. I will definitely make this often.
When I use this recipe for Mexican food, I add 1/3 cup of Franks red hot sauce - the original, not the one with oil. The Franks kicks it up a notch!
Wow! So cheesy! And not remotely sickly as vegan ‘cheese’ things so often are.
Chuck, do you have a suggestion for a different potato? I can't use Yukon gold as I can't cook the potassium out of them. Just wondering if another type might work as a good sub.
Just made it and it is spool good! Nite the spot when you looking for some comfort food. No, it is not cheese but it's the next best thing!! Thanks ,Chuck for helping us make the switch to a long and Healthy life!!
Oh for Pete's Sake! Sorry for all the typos!!
So good...and these best vegan cheese sauce recipe ever! My favorite!
Yummy! Does it taste like mac & cheese? Of course not. Is it creamy and comforting? Ohhhhh yes!! Healthy, simple, and nut-free. For me, tastes better without the mustard. Very delish, thanks for the easy recipe!!
I really don’t like nutritional yeast. What can I use instead.
Some people do not like the taste of 'fortified' Nutritional Yeast - like Braggs. Try Sari or one of the other non-fortified brands.
We love this "cheese" sauce, as mentioned it does freeze well. I put it in one cup containers and freeze for later use. Lately we have been using it as a hollandaise sauce for vegan eggs benedict, yum! And yes it goes very well over brussels sprouts a Thanksgiving tradition at out house.
This is a favorite and I have made it often! We have a question - we used to make an artery clogging dip with velveeta, sausage, and rotel. Have you ever tried this in something like that or have an opinion on if it would work well?
I couldn't believe how much like cheese sauce this looked like. Even stretchy!! Made into vegan hamburger helper, your recipe with cauliflower/mushroom meat. Baked in a cast iron Dutch Oven for our last Duth Oven Gathering (DOG). I mixed bread crumbs and nooch for a crispy topping. We have several vegans in our group, so it went over well
I have been vegan for 30 years, This is the most versatile sauce I have ever made, I call it a sauce because it is useful for much more than a cheese substitute. I love that it will not clog our arteries. I found it delicious.
Hi! I tried the recipe today, but mine turned out tasting like mashed potatoes instead of that classic Mac n Cheese taste. I used Russet potatoes. I also added all the seasoning and nutritional yeast and the flavor is there, but it still had a strong potato taste. The texture was also very mashed potato like and did not have the creaminess as regular cheese sauce. I’m not sure what I did wrong?
Chuck, what kind of blender do you use/recommend?
I have used potatoes to make creamy soups but never for cheese sauce. I think my husband would love this as a potato topper or taco sauce. I am going to try this weekend.
Just found your website and looked over the "helps" you have for newbies. It is really WELL DONE. Thank you. We have been vegan for about 7-8 months. I think one thing that I have learned is that recipes can be tweaked for your own personal taste. If the recipe calls for mustard and you aren't that fond of mustard, just put a dash in rather than the 2 Tablespoons the recipe calls for. Stuff like that. Thank you again!!
This cheese is absolutely incredible. I have used it in bean dips, mac and cheese, vegan cheesesteaks, etc. Every time, it is perfect for the recipe. This is literally the best nut free vegan cheese sauce I have ever come across. You HAVE to try it! I will also note, that ~sometimes~ the cheese doesn't taste that cheesy on its own, but on top of other things, it is exactly what you need and the taste comes through.