Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

Super delicious vegan “cheese” sauce made with squash or pumpkin, full of vitamin A!

It wasn’t a very hard winter around here–not like last year’s Arctic winter–but spring has been dragging its feet. I do love raw food and I do embrace the raw spirit, but sometimes I just want some hot comfort food. I can’t think of a dish that’s quite as comforting as macaroni and cheese!

I was very inspired by the Oh She Glows Butternut Squash Vegan Mac n’ Cheeze. What a terrific idea! I just love the concept of using squash or pumpkin to create the base of a vegan cheese sauce.

Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze

However, I was looking for a bit more “zing” in my vegan cheese sauce. I ultimately found the punchy flavour that I was looking for in the form of a lot of mustard and extra nutritional yeast. Using miso also gives depth to the sauce. Be sure not to add extra salt to your sauce when using miso as it should be salty enough.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

I either use roasted butternut squash for this recipe, or I also keep some canned pumpkin around for times when I’m either feeling lazy or I haven’t had time to buy any fresh produce.

For the squash, though the packaging is wasteful, I find the convenience of the pre-sliced butternut squash from President’s Choice at Zehrs or Lowblaw’s very convenient.

Butternut Squash

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese (aka “Cheeze”) Sauce RecipeVegan Cheeze Sauce

  • 1 lb squash, roasted OR 1 small can of pumpkin puree (14 oz.)
  • .5 cup almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 cup nootch (nutritional yeast)
  • 3 tbsp miso (I use soy-free miso)
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard or more to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp dijon to taste, depending on how sweet the
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder (not garlic salt!)

Sauce Method

  1. Add the squash or pumpkin along with the milk to the blender and blend. A food processor would probably also work.
  2. Add the nutritional yeast and blend. Scrape the sides. Add more milk if you need to but don’t add too much, unless you like a thin sauce. I like mine thick.
  3. Add the other ingredients and blend. Add more mustard and/or nutritional yeast as needed.

Vegan Cheese Sauce

This makes a very generous amount of sauce, enough for an entire standard box of macaroni noodles. Because I like a thick sauce, I like to pour the macaroni and cheese into the bottom of a casserole dish and then add the cooked macaroni noodles on top rather than the other way around. Then I mix it up so that all of the noodles are coated. You can also sprinkle the top with Daiya if you like and bake it, or just heat it up of it’s cooled.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese with Daiya
Putting some Daiya on top before baking.
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
Now that’s a cozy bite of vegan mac n’ cheese!

 

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