The Creamiest Mac N Cheese

The flavor and creaminess of this pasta dish makes it a hit! Mushrooms and spinach add extra nutrients, but if these aren’t popular in your house feel free to swap in other veggies. Chopped peppers and green peas can offer a tasty twist.

 

The Creamiest Vegan Mac N Cheese

 

This dish can be made with any noodles. When going the grain route, make sure it’s 100% whole grain. There’s also great legume-based noodles on the market. Some of our go-to’s are:

  • Food for Life Sprouted Grain Pasta
  • Life-G-Free Brown Rice & Quinoa
  • Lunberg Brown Rice Pasta
  • Pastariso Products Brown Rice Pasta
  • Quinoa Corp. Quinoa Pasta
  • Tolerant Food Red Lentil Pasta
  • ANcient Harvest Red Len & Quinoa
  • Barilla Legume Pasta
  • Banza Chickpea Pasta

 

The Creamiest Vegan Mac N Cheese

 

Looking for other pasta dishes? Check out our One Pot Pasta, Pesto Pasta Salad, and White Pasta Sauce.

The Creamiest Vegan Mac N Cheese

The Creamiest Dairy-Free Mac N Cheese

A plant-powered, whole-grain and oil-free mac-n-cheese dish with mushrooms and spinach. The perfect mix of spices for color and flavor!
3.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Macaroni and Cheese, pasta, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 oz 100% whole grain pasta
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk unsweetened, unflavored
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Fill a medium sauce pan half full with water and add pinch of salt. Bring water to a boil and add pasta. Cook uncovered until noodles are tender (7-10 minutes). Strain water out and place noodle back in sauce pan. Cover to keep warm. 
  • In a nonstick skillet heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable broth over medium/high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Add spinach and cook for 1 additional minute. Remove from heat, cover and set aside. 
  • In a small sauce pan heat soy milk over medium heat. Once hot, add flour and whisk for 2 minutes to combine. Decrease heat to low and continue whisking until sauce thickens (~5 minutes).
  • Remove sauce from heat and add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, turmeric, and salt. Whisk until everything is incorporated and smooth. 
  • Add sauce, mushrooms and spinach to pasta and stir to combine. Add more soy milk if needed and serve immediately.
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