Easy Vegan Nutritional Yeast Pasta

Easy vegan nutritional yeast pasta in a bowl

The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
253 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 253
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 291mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When it comes to this vegan nutritional yeast pasta recipe, it's easy and quick, it's vegetarian and vegan, and it's tasty, but it's sure not fancy. If you're craving mac and cheese, while this is not quite the real thing, this is the quick and easy vegan way to satisfy that craving. This recipe is a simple dish of pasta in a white sauce or a roux, made with soy milk, flour, and oil, and with plenty of cheesy flavor from the nutritional yeast.

Add in a bit of garlic powder, onion powder, or extra salt if you taste this nutritional yeast pasta recipe and think a little something is still missing. Or, spruce it up with some frozen peas, fresh broccoli, a handful of spinach, or chopped tomatoes. If you're not worried about fat, add in about a tablespoon of vegan margarine or vegan cream cheese for a thicker and creamier sauce.


  • 1 cup pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other oil

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • 2/3 cup soy milk

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard, optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy vegan nutritional yeast pasta gathered

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  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions.

    Spaghetti in a pot with water

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  3. Heat oil over low heat, then stir in flour to make a paste.

    Oil and flour in a pan thickening together, with a wooden spoon

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  4. Slowly add soy milk and heat, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened.

    Soy milk, flour and oil in a pan on a burner, with a wooden spoon

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  5. Stir in nutritional yeast, mustard, garlic, and salt.

    Nutritional yeast, mustard, garlic, and salt with the flour mixture in a pan

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  6. Cook for a minute or two, then stir in cooked pasta. Adjust seasonings to taste.

    Pasta mixed with easy vegan nutritional yeast sauce in a pan, with a wooden spoon

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  • Use almond or cashew milk in place of soy milk.
  • Add in some of your favorite veggies to the pasta.

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