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Mac and 'Shews (Vegan Mac and Cheese)

Rated as 4.53 out of 5 Stars

"Cashews are basically vegan dairy. Blend them with a little liquid and you've got a smooth cream, similar to half-and-half. Mixed with broth, nutritional yeast, miso and seasonings along with the macaroni and you've got delish mac 'n cheese."
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20 m servings 430 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 cups)


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  1. Blend cashews, broth, yeast, lemon juice, miso, and onion powder in a high-powered blender (such as a Vitamix(R)), scraping down sides with a spatula until completely smooth. Season with salt and pepper, keeping in mind that you want it just a little saltier than usual because it's going to be poured over other ingredients.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Drain, return to pot, and stir in cashew sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring, until sauce thickens a bit and everything is deliciously creamy, about 3 minutes. Stir in arugula (if using) and add more salt, if needed. Serve immediately.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If your blender's on the weaker side, no problem. Just soften the cashews first. Either soak them in water for 2 hours or boil them for 15 minutes, then drain before blending.
  • You can use any type of pasta: whole wheat, gluten free, etc.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 430 calories; 16.8 g fat; 57.2 g carbohydrates; 17.6 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 525 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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WOW! Very Impressed!! We are not a vegan family but my daughter wanted to make this for her friend who can't eat dairy... I was very skeptical but everyone loved it!! The sauce has a unique f...

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This was nasty. Lemon flavor was too strong and just plain weird ... I thought it was strange n the first place to put lemon juice in Mac but I followed the recipe. Only tho g missing was the ar...

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WOW! Very Impressed!! We are not a vegan family but my daughter wanted to make this for her friend who can't eat dairy... I was very skeptical but everyone loved it!! The sauce has a unique f...

I'm a cheese addict, so I was pleasantly surprised at how satisfying this no-cheese mac is. And my Vitamix blew through those cashews, even without soaking them first. I added a touch more miso....

I hate when people make changes to a recipe and then review it, but my changes were very minor and even without them, I would still rate it five stars! This is my first vegan recipe and I'm in l...

Delicious! And so quick and easy to put together! We highly recommend this recipe. We are new to plant based eating so we still have a taste for real cheese, and this recipe did not disappoint u...

This is truly tasty! I substituted garlic powder for the onion powder (I prefer garlic flavor to onion), but that's my only mod. I mixed the finished sauce with bowtie pasta and peas and it wa...

This recipe is really good! Will def be making this again. I used spinach instead of arugula :)

I thought this WAS very satisfying as other reviewers have mentioned. I'm switching to a vegan lifestyle so cheese without dairy is still new to me. Remember to mix up the pasta with the sauce a...

I made this exactly to the recipe. I find it to be a delicious alternative to the traditional dairy variety.

This recipe really hit the spot. While it does not really replace cheese, it gives you the feel of cheese and a pretty close flavor to it. I did make it as written but wondered if some yellow mu...