Meatless Monday (the Tuesday edition) – Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday Tuesday! My Mac -n- Cheese is adapted from this recipe by Isa Chandra. Had I known it was going to taste so good I would have taken pictures of the process, instead of just the final product. I admit I was skeptical, but Wow! It’s really, really yummy!

Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese
Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese


  • 12oz pasta of your choice. I used Barilla Veggie Pasta – Elbows (hence the Veggie in the recipe name)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, then drained
  • 1 bunch (approximately 6) scallions – both white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth/stock
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Chipotle chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (for garnish, optional)


  1. Saute the scallions and garlic (I used vegetable spray) for about 5 minutes, then put in food processor.
  2. Add the cashews, veggie broth/stock, cornstarch, cumin, chili powder, and nutritional yeast to the food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Cook the pasta as per package instructions. Drain, then leave pasta in colander but return pot to stove and pour the “cheese sauce” in it.
  4. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly until it thickens (should only take a minute or so), then pour the pasta back in and mix it all together.
  5. Top with fresh cilantro (optional) before serving.

Makes 6 (heaping 1 cup) servings with the following nutritional info, per serving:


18 thoughts on “Meatless Monday (the Tuesday edition) – Vegan Veggie Mac -n- Cheese

  1. I just ate something similar to is in a restaurant but honestly yours looks better! Yay for vegetarian meals :)

  2. Not at all! I thought it looked great! I am pretty clueless on pic taking myself though, I don’t even have a proper camera right now so it is iPhone pics all the way for me haha :)

  3. This recipe was a bit hit with the omnivores at my house! In fact, my daughter was disappointed that I took the leftovers to work with me! LOL I loved that this one is so easy to make as well.

  4. This looks amazing! I agree with you all, have yet to find the perfect vegan cheese. I *was* a huge cheese lover..sigh..and my standards are pretty high. The day they make a decent vegan Brie I’ll think I’ve died and gone to heaven. ;) My daughter got her hands on the new Field Roast cheese and said it’s amazing! No Whole Foods near me so I guess I won’t be trying it anytime soon.

    • The only vegan “cheese” I really like is the Tofutti Cream Cheese. I think it does taste exactly the same as regular cream cheese, which is actually the only kind of cheese I regularly ate :)

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