Although this does not taste like the the traditional mac 'n cheese recipes most of us grew up with, it will satisfy your comfort food craving while helping you avoid preservatives, dyes, meat, and dairy. Stir in your favorite veggies and/or meatless filler and you've got yourself a satisfying meal. This recipe is very versatile; tweak ingredients to your liking!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
33 mins
total:
43 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 8-inch pan
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; toss with 1 tablespoon rice bran oil.

  • Combine remaining rice bran oil, soy milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, mustard, and paprika in a high-powered food processor or blender; blend until smooth and creamy.

  • Pour soy milk mixture over elbow macaroni in the bowl; toss to mix. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until center is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute hemp or almond milk for the soy milk if desired.

Substitute 1 1/2 tablespoon minced bottled garlic for the fresh garlic if desired.

Add 1 teaspoon ground turmeric if you like a more orange color.

If you prefer a crispy topping, bake uncovered.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 30.4g 10% DV; fat 20.2g 31% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 52.6mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2017
I made this for my son who cannot eat dairy. I used olive oil and unsweetened almond milk instead and it has an uncanny flavor to original mac and cheese! The rest of my family said that they preferred it over real mac and cheese but I'm sure that they were just caught up in the moment. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2018
While I have not made this yet I plan too. Would like to make a comment/recommendation about choice of noodles. A lot of noodles use eggs in it which is not vegan friendly. Be careful what you buy! Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2017
I made this for my son who cannot eat dairy. I used olive oil and unsweetened almond milk instead and it has an uncanny flavor to original mac and cheese! The rest of my family said that they preferred it over real mac and cheese but I'm sure that they were just caught up in the moment. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2017
I used considerably less garlic in this. It doesn't taste like the boxed kind of mac 'n cheese but that isn't a bad thing. It's creamy and quite savory. I used gluten free penne because I didn't have elbow pasta. This is very easy to put together. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2018
While I have not made this yet I plan too. Would like to make a comment/recommendation about choice of noodles. A lot of noodles use eggs in it which is not vegan friendly. Be careful what you buy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2017
Will definitely make this again. Doesn't taste like the 'traditional' mac n cheese but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's still delicious and satisfying. Husband loved it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/09/2018
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2017
Made exactly as directed. It was amazingly delicious. And easy. No it's not going to taste like your mom's homemade from when you were a kid. But it's wonderful nonetheless. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/30/2017
This was horrible. I made it with almond milk and olive oil as another review mentioned I would never make this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2018
This might be one of the WORST things I have ever made! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2020
I love shortcuts!!! This was so fast and easy that we will have this at least once a week!!! While the water was heating on the stove, I changed the oil to coconut and added all the rest of the ingredients to the oil, blended them up, and poured them into the water. When the water started boiling I added the (gluten-free) pasta, turned off the fire, put on a cover then waited 30 minutes. When I took the cover off all I needed to do was stir it up and serve it!!!! Perfection! The second time we added a can of green beans and our own ground beef substitute when we removed the lid and sprinkled a bit more 'Yellow Stuff' on top of each serving. This pushed it up to 10 stars!!!! Read More