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Dairy Free Mac and Cheese

This easy dairy free mac and cheese recipe will satisfy all your cravings! Make it in just over 30 mins! The cheese sauce is gluten free so perfectly pair with a gluten free pasta for a gluten free dairy free mac and cheese.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free mac and cheese, dairy free main course, dairy free side dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 326kcal
Author LarishaBernard



  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  • Place cashews in glass jar or bowl.
  • When water is to a boil pour enough hot water into glass jar to cover cashews. Let sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Return remaining water in pot back to a boil.
  • Clean and Peel carrot. Cut into large chunks.
  • Once water returns to a boil, place carrot pieces inside and cook for 10-12 mins or until fork tender.
  • While carrot is cooking, in another pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions. Reserving 2 tbsp of pasta water before straining.
  • Once carrot is cooked, remove with slotted spoon and place in a blender with 3/4 cup of water from cooking carrot. 
  • To the blender with the water and carrot, also add soaked cashews (only the cashews, drain the water), nutritional yeasts, lemon juice, 1/4 cup vegan butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg, ground mustard, paprika, and garlic powder. 
  • Blend til smooth.
  • In a large saucepan, add the 2 tbsp reserved pasta water and 1 tbsp vegan butter over medium heat until butter is melted. 
  • Add cheese sauce and cooked noodles and stir until well combined
  • Serve!


*To only make cheese sauce, make recipe as normal, omitting pasta steps.
**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. 
*We also recommend checking out our new and improved vegan mac and cheese recipe. 


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1645IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.4mg