Dairy-Free Macaroni & Cheese (Vegan)

Macaroni and Cheese in Bowl
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings

Macaroni and cheese is a meal that many of us have grown up with and often associate with childhood. Creamy and comforting, this dairy-free version of the classic kids' meal uses nutritional yeast, soy milk, and tahini to achieve the richness and flavor of the traditional cheese sauce without the saturated fat and cholesterol of dairy.

What You'll Need

  • 4 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable broth powder
  • 1 cup dairy-free soy milk (use one that has a thickening agent added, like Silk)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. tahini (also called sesame paste)
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Boil about 3 cups of water in a small stockpot. Add elbow macaroni and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  2. Combine nutritional yeast, flour, and vegetable broth powder in a small saucepan, mixing together until combined. Add soymilk, water, and tahini, and turn on heat to medium-low, mixing until all the powder is dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Heat until just thickened and warm, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat and add salt to taste.
  1. Add cooked macaroni to ​saucepan, coating pasta well. Divide mixture into two bowls and serve warm.


This recipe is suitable for dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, and lactose-free diets, but as with any recipe intended for persons with allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to read all nutritional labels carefully to make sure that there are no hidden dairy-derived ingredients (or other allergens, if these apply to you).

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 384
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 960 mg
Carbohydrates 59 g
Dietary Fiber 9 g
Protein 11 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)