nutritional information


  • Calories: 364
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Total Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 534 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

The “cheese” sauce is thickened with rice flour, making it both vegan and gluten free. This recipe was a winner in our 2008 Restaurant Poll, and is a popular entrée at the kid-friendly Vita Café in Portland, Oregon.
  • 2 ½ cups plain soymilk
  • 2 ½ Tbs. white rice flour
  • 1 ½ Tbs. large flake nutritional yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbs. granulated onion
  • 2 Tbs. nonhydrogenated vegan margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. rotelli (corkscrew) pasta
  1. Whisk together soymilk, rice flour, yeast, soy sauce, granulated garlic, and granulated onion in saucepan. Simmer 4 minutes, or until thickened, whisking constantly. Whisk in margarine and mustard, and simmer 10 minutes more.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and toss with sauce.
June 2008

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This is fairly good, but I agree that if you are looking for a cheese flavor, this ain't it BUT it has it's own unique flavor which is pretty good. The thing I DO like is the creamy rich texture, which I find that I miss with the veggie lifestyle

Pat Brown - 2013-11-13 13:44:27

very bland…added at least a 1/4c. of nutritional yeast and additional squirt of mustard

Stephanie - 2013-09-02 03:07:13

If you wanted to make this gluten free, you would also need to use tamari soy sauce. Tradition soy sauce has gluten in it.

John and Loraina Bobbit - 2013-08-08 03:32:35

This is not gluten free if you are using corkscrew pasta!

Jane - 2013-07-01 18:53:16

Saw this in the Times --looks good

stephanie/julia - 2013-04-27 20:55:48

I really like this Mac and Cheese recipe, my 13 year old wants to go vegan and this would be a fab thing and I could eat it too

Karen - 2012-04-09 12:52:47

I made this tonight... by the recipe it's bland and doesn't quite do it for me. But... I added 3x the mustard, hot sauce (1 Tbs Cholula, 1 teaspon tabasco), white pepper, garlic salt, and just a small amount of white truffle oil. Tastes quite a bit like the Kraft stuff, but creamier... The sauce is a good base... make it taste better with more seasonings.

Kyle - 2012-03-20 22:18:32

If you've never made vegan mac & cheese before, you might expect this to taste like real cheese, and you may be disappointed when it doesn't. However, it is something delicious in itself, with some modifications. I used 4 tbsp. white flour, added a tsp. of corn starch, 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast, 1 tsp yellow mustard, and 2 tsp spicy brown. I also added some turmeric for color. Instead of granulated garlic and onion, sauteed shallots and garlic and added it straight to the sauce to simmer with it. I thought it seemed runny, so I tried putting it on some of my pasta, and it worked great! The whole thing was enough sauce for 16 oz of pasta, not 8.

Rebecca Behr - 2012-03-06 09:43:42

I made this for lunch today. I used Almond milk and a 1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast. It came out excellent! A dash of Tumeric for color and topped with fresh parsley was a hit.

Chad - 2011-10-13 17:19:05

I made this for lunch today. I used Almond milk and a 1/4 cup of Nutritional Yeast. It came out excellent! A dash of Tumeric for color and topped with fresh parsley was a hit.

Chad - 2011-10-13 15:02:23

If you use rotelli (corkscrew) pasta made of white flour, it's not gluten-free anymore. I'd replace it with brown rice gluten free rotelli

Cathy - 2010-11-09 07:42:33

I don't use mustard in mine (just don't like the stuff), but I do add a little bouillon (no water - just add it to the non-dairy milk), which gives it a more savory flavor. My favorite is "Better than Bouillon," but any vegan bouillon cubes or paste would work.

Amaia - 2010-10-29 12:22:09

Acatlady2 - You absolutely cannot make this without the nutritional yeast. Nut. yeast serves as the cheese flavoring/substitue & can be used to make fake nacho cheese as well. If anything, this recipe could use way more of it. Most fake cheese recipes have at least a 1/4 cup.

EmeralCityVegan - 2010-09-24 22:33:20

What purpose does nutritional yeast serve in these vegetarian recipes? Can I do without it in this one?c

acatlady2 - 2010-08-09 01:43:21

I made a few alterations to this recipe and found it to be delicious! Even though I am neither vegan, lactose intolerant, or gluten free, I do like experimenting and found this recipe to be very much like mac cheese! What I did was I used regular white flour and added a bit more than the recipe calls for. Also I used a quarter of a yellow onion chopped, and sauteed that and added it to the sauce...also I cooked the sauce for a longer period of time on lo heat. Also used double the margarine :] DELICIOUS!

kaitee - 2010-07-08 14:07:55