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Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

sweet potato vegan mac and cheese plated

Another vegan mac & cheese option for you! Because who doesn’t need multiple mac & cheese recipes?? Especially when you’re getting your protein and veggies hidden right into the sauce! You just can’t beat a recipe that is both nutritious AND delicious! Did I mention my kids devoured this? Such a perfect dish for the entire family, even your pickiest of eaters. Presenting sweet potato mac and cheese!

mac and cheese in bowl

How do you make vegan sweet potato mac and cheese?

I know, vegan and cheese don’t always see eye to eye. Bear with me a moment while I explain. If you’re not vegan, or dairy free, chances are you may not have heard of the amazing ingredient called nutritional yeast. This magical and natural spice has cheesy flavour while providing a boost of B vitamins. It’s so versatile and can be added to so many dishes where a little extra cheesiness is needed! Such as this sweet potato mac and cheese for instance.

So to make the vegan cheese sauce, just roasted your sweet potatoes until fork tender. Meanwhile, sauté some onion and garlic. Then toss it all into a high speed blender along with some cashews, nutritional yeast, and the perfect seasoning blend. Voila! And just look at the deliciously creamy, velvety, mac and cheese sauce. YUM. I make this dish often, and every time it’s a struggle to not drink the sauce.

Mac n Cheese Sauce
sweet potato mac and cheese

I like using Rotini for this dish because I find the sauce gets into every groove. So every single bite is loaded with delicious cheesy flavour. Of course, you can sub with any other pasta of your choice, including gluten free varieties. Either way, this dish is sure to satisfy the entire family.

sweet potato vegan mac and cheese with scattered cashews

So what are you waiting for to try this? This dairy free mac & cheese is quick and simple to make. It’s loaded with wholesome ingredients. And it tastes AMAZING. Give it a try! And as always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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sweet potato vegan mac and cheese plated

Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Vegan sweet potato mac & cheese satisfies like the real thing! This kid friendly meal is loaded with wholesome ingredients and cheesy flavour.
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Ingredients

  • 2 small sweet potatoes cubed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp avocado or grape seed oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk or milk of choice
  • 1.5-2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 454g package pasta of choice gluten free if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, add your cooking oil and chopped onions and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, sautéed veggies, cashews, seasonings, cashew milk, and 1.5 cups of the veggie broth to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and check consistency. Add remaining broth if a thinner sauce is desired.
  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boil and cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix well.
  • Optional: Set the oven to broil on high and transfer the pasta to a baking dish. Place on top rack for 3-5 minutes until the top is golden and crispy, checking often not to burn.

Notes

The sauce will thicken as it cools so if preparing ahead, you will need to add more broth or water when ready to use.
 
Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 134.1% | Vitamin C: 3.3% | Calcium: 4.6% | Iron: 14.4%
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

18 Comments

  1. Heidy L. McCallum


    Good Morning, this looks very interesting and appetizing. Being from the South I love macaroni and cheese and sweet potatoes, I have never had them together so I am totally excited about trying this recipe this week. I will let you know how the hubby liked it!

  2. Sandra


    We thought we’d give this recipe a try for tonight’s dinner and it’s very tasty and surprisingly creamy without the use of milk/cream. We’re adding this recipe to our weeknight meal plan so we can make it again!

  3. Ang


    This recipe is sooo good — my whole family loves it! So hard to find a recipe that pleases all of my picky eaters! Thank you @this.healthy.kitchen for this family-approved vegan version of a favourite meal!!!

    • rosa

      Thanks so much Ang. Glad to hear you could please the entire family. I know how difficult that can be with a picky eater of my own!

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