Some iconic food pairings just can’t be beat – like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, and, of course, macaroni and cheese. So, vegans (and everybody else too), look no further to find delicious, easy-to-make mac and cheese recipes that can be made and eaten as side dishes or main meals. Caution: You may become super hungry while reading this post.
Creamy & Dreamy Vegan Macaroni and “Cheese”
This classic kind of mac ‘n’ cheese makes you nostalgic as you remember carefree days and bowls full of cheesy goodness sitting on the kitchen table. Find the recipe here.
Vegan Stove Top-Style Macaroni and Cheese
No boxed mac and cheese for us – this homemade version, which has no breadcrumbs, tastes amazing and makes six to eight servings. Find the recipe here.
Coconut Milk-Based Vegan Mac & Cheese
No need to go nuts for finding other alternatives – this macaroni and cheese is soy and nut-free, and requires only a small amount of added oil. Find the recipe here.
Sweet Potato Vegan Mac and Cheese
This dish can be made in just about 35 minutes, and only requires 10 ingredients! How sweet is that? Find the recipe here.
Vegan Sunflower Mac & Cheese
Yes, sunflower seeds are commonly eaten by baseball players during the summer, but hear us out – they have a smooth, nutty quality that blends well with the cheese sauce. Find the recipe here.
Deep-Fried Vegan Mac and Cheese
What’s better than an ooey, gooey inside with a crunchy outside to give your taste buds a treat? Possibly nothing. *Note: If you don’t want to fry, you can also bake this instead. Find the recipe here.
Vegan Caramelized Onion Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Caramelized onions and crispy breadcrumbs elevate this meal to a whole new level and will make your jaw hit the floor (but don’t forget to pick it back up to continue eating this deliciousness, of course). Find the recipe here.
Vegan Thai Curry Mac and Cheese
This version was inspired by the 2007 Pixar movie Ratatouille – where thinking outside the box in the culinary world can lead to some unexpected, extraordinary flavors and dishes. Find the recipe here.
Vegan Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese
This macaroni and cheese hits the spot in the autumn months – and is an additional treat to eat out of a bread bowl too. Find the recipe here.
Vegan Southwest Mac and Cheese
Spice up your summer cuisine with this adaptation that features black beans and salsa. This recipe is great for potluck or family dinners as it makes enough to feed about 10 people. Find the recipe here.
Super Loaded Vegan Mac & Cheese
If you love veggies, this is the perfect dish for you. Broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, kale, tomatoes, jalapeños – the possibilities are endless. Find the recipe here.
Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
You might not have liked cauliflower as a child, but you might change your mind with this recipe. *Note: You can add smoked paprika on top to give it that smoky flavor. Find the recipe here.
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Erin DeGregorio is a student pursuing an M.A. Degree in Journalism at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (New York, New York). She has a focus in arts and culture reporting and will be graduating in December 2017. Her portfolio of select clips can be viewed here.