Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Casserole that’s Rich and Creamy


Who doesn’t swoon over creamy macaroni & cheese casserole with that golden, bubbly top? This baked macaroni and cheese is ultra rich and full of cheesy flavor. BUT it’s made without any cheese substitutes! It’s a from-scratch recipe that keeps it real with a roux-based dairy-free sauce and all the right seasonings.

Unlike many other cheesy recipes, this one doesn’t contain any lemon or vinegar. So it has more of a savory “cheese” flavor without the tang. It was originally shared with us by PETA back in 2006, but we’ve given the post a big update!

Vegan Mac and Cheese Casserole - Rich, Creamy, and Made without Cheese Substitutes! Dairy-free and nut-free.

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
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This easy dish starts with a roux, but piles on seasonings and extra richness for more depth of flavor without the need for a cheese substitute.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5 servings
  • 3½ cups dry macaroni
  • ½ cup dairy-free buttery spread
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3½ cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ to 2 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Paprika or smoked paprika, for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
  3. While the macaroni is cooking, melt the buttery spread in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour.
  4. Continue whisking over medium heat until smooth and bubbly, about 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in the boiling water, soy sauce, garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon salt. Continue whisking until the sauce is smooth, thick, and bubbling. Whisk in the nutritional yeast and oil. Taste and add more salt, as needed.
  6. Mix ¾ of the sauce with the noodles and transfer to a casserole dish. Even the noodles out, and evenly cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil the top for a few minutes, until browned.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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