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Smokey Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Maša Ofei
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4


This vegan baked mac and cheese is THE comfort dish. Creamy, cheesy, smokey, with the perfect breadcrumb topping to finish it off.


  • 3 cups / 340g / 12 ounces macaroni pasta* (or pasta of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium potato,* washed and grated
  • ½ cup / 75g raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup / 27g nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Crumb topping:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup / 60g breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion flakes (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped (a large handful)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius (390 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the pasta. Cook as per packet instructions.
  3. Drain the pasta once cooked and add it to the baking dish.
  4. In the meantime, in a small saucepan on medium heat, add the oil, onion, and garlic.
  5. Sweat down the indredients for a few minutes stirring occasionally until slightly golden on the edges.
  6. Add in the grated potato and cook until the potato has softened. Add a little water if it starts to stick – around 1-2 tablespoons.
  7. Place the cashews, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, water, the cooked onion, garlic, and potato mix, plus 1½ cups / 375ml of water into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  8. Pour the sauce over the pasta, mixing well, and set aside.
  9. To a frying pan on medium-high heat, add all the crumb ingredients, and toast for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful as it can burn very quickly.
  10. Top the pasta with it and place it in the oven for around 10 minutes or longer if you’d like a crispier top. You don’t want to leave it in there too long as it will dry it out. Remove from the oven and serve.


Pasta: You can use whatever pasta you like here. I went for the more traditional style and used macaroni. See suggestions earlier in the post. I have made it with a gluten-free penne before and it’s just as delicious!

Potato: Any potato variety that is good for mash.

  • Diet: Vegan

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