Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

This smoky Vegan Mac & Cheese has long been my answer to the terrible packet mix processed pasta. My kids love it, and I love that they are nourishing themselves with lots of plant-based goodness. The butternut pumpkin adds a beautiful sweetness and the spices and cashews bring it all together in a cheese-like sauce.

Serves: 4



Vegan Mac & Cheese Recipe

By: Georgia Harding

On the hunt for a healthy, family-friendly option? This smoky vegan mac & cheese is packed with plenty of plant-based goodness, with sweet butternut pumpkin and a creamy “cheese” sauce!


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  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • 250g rice & quinoa penne pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • 500g butternut pumpkin, diced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled & sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika (if you don't like smoky flavours, replace with sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • Soak cashew nuts in boiling water.
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the penne until al dente.
  • Add the pumpkin, onion and garlic to a steamer basket. Steam for 15 mins until the pumpkin and onion are soft.
  • Place it into a high-speed blender or food processor, add the drained cashew nuts, spices, seasoning, nutritional yeast, mustard and lemon juice. Blend on high until creamy.
  • Add about ¼ cup of water to thin it and blend again.
  • Mix it into the drained cooked pasta. Enjoy immediately.
  • Tip: If you're not vegan, this is delicious with grated cheese on top.


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Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.

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