Mac & Not Cheese

I know that I've definitely started blog posts like this in the past, but here it goes again: After Sarah and I took the plunge and decided to cut dairy out of our diet in addition to meat, one of the most sorely missed dishes still remains Mac & Cheese. And, by the way, I'm not talking about gourmet, oven-baked, fancy cheese, bread crumb, specialty mac 'n cheese. I mean Kraft. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The Blue Box. The Cheesiest. That stuff was the best.

Fortunately, we've found a replacement on One Green Planet that is super delicious! This Mac & Not Cheese has an absolutely fantastic flavor, is nice and creamy, and oh so satisfying.

Here's what you need:
- 1 lb. elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup butter (we use vegan Earth Balance)
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 3 cups non-dairy milk (we recommend almond milk!)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar

Here's what you do:
- Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain and return to pot.
- While the pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan, melt your butter. Once it is melted, whisk in your flour to form a roux.
- Then, add in remaining ingredients except for the agave and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and simmer a few minutes to thicken. You want it to reach the consistency of a cheese sauce (and it will!) 
- After it thickens, stir in agave nectar and lemon juice.
- Pour it over your macaroni and mix to coat!

I'm so glad that we found a great substitute for one of our most-craved childhood comfort foods (and college comfort food... and post-college comfort food). This recipe makes a LOT, so feel free to cut in half unless you want leftovers!

Do you have any great mac 'n cheese substitutes? Share with us below!

Sarah & Nick


  1. My fiancé and I used this cheese recipe to make vegan nachos last night (we have also used it to make delicious mac and cheese)...WOW WOW they were so good!!!!!! Thank you!

    1. Hi Kim! That is awesome - thank you so much for sharing! This may be crazy but it's never even occurred to me to use this cheese sauce for anything else, hahah. Now I REALLY want to make some nachos! Have a great weekend!