Vegan Mac and Cheese with Nutritional Yeast

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  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 30 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

Nutritional yeast makes a great cheese substitute when it comes to many things. Try it in mac ‘n cheese for a creamy, cheese like sauce that’s even easier to make than the classic.


  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter replacement (divided)

  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Parsley Flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Basil

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Garlic Powder, divided

  • 2 cups dried elbow pasta

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced (about ¼ cup)

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic Smoked Paprika

  • 1 cup unsweetened, non-vanilla nut milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Black Pepper

  • 1/2 cup Simply Organic Nutritional Yeast


    1. Start by making the garlic-herb breadcrumbs. Place 1 tablespoon vegan butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add breadcrumbs, parsley, basil and the 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Toss with a spatula to evenly coat mixture with butter. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.

    2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.

    3. Meanwhile, place remaining 1 tablespoon vegan butter in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Once melted, add onion and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until softened.

    4. Add flour, the 1 teaspoon garlic powder and smoked paprika, and stir until combined and absorbed by the butter-onion mixture.

    5. Slowly add milk, whisking as you pour.

    6. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, whisking frequently until thickened.

    7. Drain pasta and rinse under warm water. Return pasta to the pot and set aside off the heat.

    8. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to milk mixture and whisk until smooth and combined.

    9. Pour nutritional yeast sauce over pasta and stir gently to coat.

    10. Serve immediately and top with the garlic-herb breadcrumbs.



    For a heartier dish, try adding cooked vegan sausage, peas or broccoli. You can also adjust spices in the nutritional yeast sauce. For a spicy sauce, add cayenne pepper and chipotle. For an herb sauce, try basil, oregano and parsley.


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