Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You asked for it - Mac & "cheese" recipe

A few of you have asked for the recipe for the cheese-less Mac & "Cheese". 

And then when Natalie said she was getting her first package of nutritional yeast this week I decided to make another batch of Mac & "Cheese" and actually bother to measure this time :-)

Keep in mind that this does not give you the same cheesy flavor as Mac & Cheese that comes out of a box with the orange powder, but it is a great alternative.

Also keep in mind that this is a basic recipe and you should feel free to add things or increase certain flavor profiles to fit your own taste. 

But I do think this recipe gives you the same creamy mouth feel of a cheese sauce and I like how easy it is to tweak it and try out something new each time I make it.

My Mac & "Cheese"

Serves 1


1 Tbsp of Earth Balance Spread
1 Tbsp of All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1 tsp of Miso Mayo (you can substitute miso paste)
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp of sweet paprika
1/4 tsp of tumeric
In a sauce pan, melt the Earth Balance spread over medium low heat. Add in the flour and whisk together until it forms a paste. Let this cook until the past darkens just slightly.

Add in the soymilk and stir to combine. Add in the rest of the ingredients and let the sauce simmer until thickened.  Feel free to add some water or a little more soymilk if the sauce gets too thick.

Cook one serving of your pasta of choice. Drain the pasta and add back into the pan and pour in the "cheese" sauce. 

Options: Add a bit of yellow mustard if you like tang. Add in more nutritional yeast if you want more of a cheesy flavor.



  1. This looks so much better than the boxed stuff and you have got my interest on the use of the nutritional yeast. Unique and tasty recipe. Thanks for sharing.