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  • Writer's pictureAmanda MacGregor

Our Vegan Mac and "Cheese" Recipe using Nutritional Yeast

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Indulge in a delicious, comforting, gluten-free, vegan mac and cheese dish!

Our Vegan Mac and "Cheese" Recipe using Nutritional Yeast - Amanda MacGregor - Food Allergy Recipe

This recipe caters to those following many restrictions, including a vegan lifestyle, and those who require a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. We used nutritional yeast to create a cheese and flavorful sauce that will satisfy your mac and cheese cravings.

Now, let's dive into this creamy and satisfying recipe!

Tips and Variations:
  • Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or vegan protein options to the mac and cheese, such as broccoli, peas, roasted Brussels Sprouts, spinach, etc.

  • If you prefer a spicier mac and cheese and do not need to avoid nightshades, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce mixture.

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or plant-based milk to retain the creaminess.

This Vegan and Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese recipe provides a satisfying and dairy-free alternative to the classic comfort food. By using nutritional yeast and a combination of wholesome ingredients, we've created a creamy and flavorful cheese sauce that will leave you craving more. Enjoy this guilt-free indulgence, knowing that it's not only delicious but also suits your vegan and gluten-free lifestyle. Gather your ingredients and get ready to savor the creamy goodness of this recipe!

Our Vegan Mac and "Cheese" Recipe using Nutritional Yeast - Amanda MacGregor - Food Allergy Recipe

Our Vegan Mac and "Cheese" Recipe using Nutritional Yeast



  • 1 package of your favorite gluten-free macaroni or pasta of your choice

For the cheese sauce

  • ¾ cup of dairy-free milk of choice

  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes

  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Gluten-free breadcrumbs or homemade breadcrumb using rice puff cereal or toasted bread, blended to crumbs, optional

  • Dried parsley, optional


  1. Cook the box of gluten-free pasta according to package directions for al dente. Be sure to reserve some pasta water for later before draining the water from the pasta.

  2. In the meantime, add all the cheese sauce ingredients into a small saucepan or skillet and stir with a whisk. Once everything is combined, turn on the burner to medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.

  3. Lower the heat and let the cheese sauce simmer for about one minute until the sauce is stretchy.

  4. Gently fold in the cheese sauce with the pasta using a rubber spatula until all the pasta is covered in the sauce. if the sauce is too thick, add in some of the pasta water, but be careful to not add too much. It is easy to loosen the sauce, but not easy to rethicken the sauce.

  5. Toss in any optional add-ins and/or top with breadcrumbs. If added breadcrumbs, we recommend broiling the mac and cheese for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the top is crispy.

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