When you have any special kind of diet restrictions, it can be hard to find recipes that work for you, aren't difficult to make, and actually taste good. When you're abstaining from eating any kind of animal product, accomplishing all that becomes even more difficult — unless you have these delicious vegan macaroni and cheese recipes, that is.
It's hard to ignore that mac 'n cheese craving when it hits. The question is, how will you satisfy it? On a vegan diet, eggs and cheese are off limits, so you not only have to find egg-less pasta, but you also have to be creative with your cheese substitutes. What can replace the creamy, salty, gooey goodness that is melted cheese sauce over hot pasta? The truth is, a lot of things, and you might be surprised to find out how many ways there are to make a satisfying bowl of mac 'n cheese without being able to use the traditional main ingredients.
To help you satisfy your undeniable craving for a hot bowl of gooey, creamy noodles — because, yes, vegans crave mac 'n cheese too — here are nine vegan mac 'n cheese recipes so good, they'll make you forget about the real stuff.
1. Vegan Mac 'N Cheese
If you're looking for a ridiculously creamy mac 'n cheese, look no further than Oh She Glows' baked version. Crunchy on top and gooey on the inside, this vegan dish will make you forget you're not actually eating cheese.
2. Spinach Mac 'N Cheese
Mac 'n cheese is only as good as its mix-ins, and Love & Lemons knows how to make a great one. Chock-full of spinach and bursting with garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper, this is a vegan mac 'n cheese even non-vegans would enjoy.
3. Vegan Chili Mac 'N Cheese
Two delicious favorites combine in one amazing dish in Healthful Pursuit's vegan chili mac 'n cheese. Loaded with onions, beans, and tomato sauce, this is a hearty mac 'n cheese unlike any other.
4. Cauliflower Mac 'N Cheese
Love & Lemons gives us a cheddar cheese and a vegan option for the deliciously smooth cauliflower sauce used in this cauliflower mac 'n cheese. Light yet satisfying, this is a delicious and healthy dish you'll want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
5. Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Everyone has a favorite cheese sauce, but for this Italian girl, there's nothing better than cheesy Alfredo over noodles. Healthful Pursuit brings you one step closer to an Alfredo mac 'n cheese with this creamy, easy-to-make sauce that you'll want to put on everything.
6. Butternut Squash Mac 'N Cheese
Oh She Glows starts with a basic cashew cheese sauce before adding butternut squash into the mix to create this unique and delicious vegan mac 'n cheese dish. Creamy and flavorful, this is the perfect dish to satisfy your craving for warm comfort food.
7. Vegan Mac 'N Cheese With Peas
When you try Love & Lemons' simple vegan mac 'n cheese with peas, you won't believe that it's actually cheese-less. Melty, gooey, and utterly addicting, you'll never dream of boxed mac 'n cheese after you try this.
8. Healthy Comfort Vegan Mac 'N Cheese
Healthy and comfort food aren't usually in the same sentence, but Oh She Glows figured out a way to make it happen with this vegan mac 'n cheese recipe. Rich and flavorful, this is an easy-to-make recipe you'll want to try again and again.
9. Vegetable Couscous And Cheese Sauce
OK, so it's not technically mac 'n cheese, but this couscous with cheese sauce from Oh She Glows is a great twist on the classic dish. Loaded with veggies and smothered in "cheeze" sauce, this heavenly dish will make you forget traditional pasta and cheese.
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