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Baked vegan mac and cheese

Classic Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Alison Andrews
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8


This classic vegan mac and cheese is ultra cheesy, saucy and creamy. Topped with breadcrumbs and baked until golden brown and crispy. Seriously satisfying.


For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (112g) Vegan Butter
  • 6 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 3 14oz (400ml) Cans Coconut Milk (1200ml in total)*
  • 1 cup (240ml) Vegetable Stock
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cup (60g) Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

For the Macaroni:

  • 1 18oz (500g) Pack Elbow Macaroni*

For the Breadcrumb Topping:

  • 3 Thick Slices White Bread (Toasted)
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter (Melted)


  1. Add the vegan butter to a pot and let it melt. When it’s melted add in the all purpose flour and stir it vigorously with the melted butter.
  2. Then pour in the cans of coconut milk and the vegetable stock. Use a hand whisk to whisk out the lumps. Keep whisking until it starts to boil and then keep whisking for a few minutes after it has boiled until it thickens. It will continue to thicken as it cools, so it doesn’t have to be all the way there when you remove it from the heat, as long as it has thickened considerably from when you started.
  3. Remove it from the heat and add in the dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and whisk in. Now your sauce is ready, you can prepare your macaroni.
  4. Cook your macaroni according to the package directions and then rinse and drain.
  5. Add the cooked macaroni into the pot of sauce and toss it up with the sauce.
  6. Then transfer the macaroni and sauce to a 9×13 baking dish and smooth down.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  8. Prepare the crumb topping by breaking up the 3 thick slices of toasted white bread and placing into the blender. Pulse blend until you have crumbs. Then transfer to a mixing bowl, and add in the melted vegan butter and toss up the crumbs with the melted butter.
  9. Place the breadcrumbs evenly over the top of the macaroni cheese.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes until the topping is golden brown and crispy.


*If you want to replace the coconut milk with a different non-dairy milk such as soy milk then you would use 5 cups of soy milk to replace the 3 cans of coconut milk.

*The coconut milk must be canned full fat unsweetened coconut milk. I would never use a sweetened coconut milk for any recipe and have never used it. Canned full fat unsweetened coconut milk is the way to go. There is a link to a good brand in the ingredients list. Alternatively, use soy milk (as per instructions above).

*If you have someone to help you then you can work on the sauce and they can cook the macaroni at the same time. But the sauce is very ‘hands-on’ so if you’re on your own it works best to just focus on the sauce and then do the macaroni. But if there are two of you it will save considerable time to do both at once.

*You don’t have to use macaroni, you can use a different pasta but of course it should be one that is suited to this kind of meal, like penne or shells and not something like spaghetti or linguine.

*If you’re using store-bought breadcrumbs then you will need around 1 and 1/2 cups to 2 cups breadcrumbs for the topping.

  • Category: Entree, Savory
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 Serve (of 8)
  • Calories: 683
  • Sugar: 5.3g
  • Sodium: 856mg
  • Fat: 38.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 25.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.3g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 14.7g

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