Ever Have Macaroni & Cheese Without Cheese?

Being vegan can be a quite the challenge if you have children. You’re always on a mission to find some delicious replacements. After 2 1/2 years on a plant-based diet, I can tell you cheese has been the toughest thing to replace. They do make vegan cheese, but it just isn’t the same.

If you’re talking about children, then why not macaroni & cheese? What child doesn’t like the pasta dish? It’s the ultimate comfort food. But how do you get the cheezy taste kids love without using real cheese? Well, while reading an issue of Veg News about 2 years ago, we found a recipe that knocked our socks off and made most of our 5 children happy.
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In this recipe, something called nutritional yeast, helps give vegan macaroni & cheese that cheezy taste. So what is nutritional yeast? It is a deactivated yeast, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is used as an ingredient and a condiment as well. It’s a great source of protein and vitamin B-complex. Nutritional yeast is also low in fat and sodium and has no sugar or dairy.

I like this recipe and my wife loves it. She loves nutritional yeast so much, she will eat it with a spoon by itself. Three out of our five kids really like this macaroni & cheese dish. The other two children, including our 6-year-old son, don’t like it because it’s not creamy like the processed stuff out of a box.

It’s a quick and easy recipe that is definitely worth a try. Enjoy this comfort food served up a bit different and that vegan thing.


4 cups macaroni, cooked and drained

2 cups plain soy or almond milk

1 cup vegetable broth

3/4 cups nutritional yeast

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/16 tsp turmeric

1/4 cup flour


In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, dried mustard, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and turmeric. Bring to a simmer. Once sauce is bubbling, add flour and whisk until all lumps have dissolved. Pour sauce over pasta and serve warm.

Jeff Peterson

About Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson anchors Good Day Maine on CBS 13 from 4:30-7:00a.m and on FOX 23 from 7:00-8:00am. Back in 2012, he decided to become vegan. Jeff has lost over 50 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped dramatically. Besides having kids, It's the best decision he's ever made.