A beautiful plate of vegan mac and cheese.

Vegan Mac and Cheese: Recipes and Store-Bought Brands

By Erik Marcus

When it comes to vegan macaroni & cheese, vegans have it easy. There’s a wide assortment of packaged brands sold in store. Plus there’s no end to the terrific vegan recipes you can try.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Would you believe there’s an entire cookbook exclusively devoted to vegan mac & cheese recipes? Not only that, it’s a beautiful hardcover book that’s full of quality photographs, from one of the vegan cooking world’s bestselling authors.

A little Googling will reveal countless vegan mac & cheese recipes online. Here’s by far the most popular version (with nearly two million views!): a two-minute Buzzfeed video for what they immodestly proclaim to be, “The BEST Vegan Mac & Cheese You Will Ever Have.”

If you’re cooking from scratch, you can always swap your favorite homemade or store-bought cheese into your recipe. See our vegan cheese page for an incredible assortment of possibilities.

Vegan Boxed Mac & Cheese

Deciding on the best vegan boxed mac & cheese is a matter of taste. With so many brands on the market, you’re sure to find one you enjoy. Many of these products are available on Amazon.com:

Daiya Foods also sells a Deluxe Cheeze Sauce that you can mix into your own macaroni. Since dried macaroni purchased alone is dirt cheap, Daiya’s sauce product offers a great way to save money while still getting the flavor and convenience of boxed mac & cheese.

vegan Mac and cheese
Daiya’s Deluxe Mac & Cheese. It’s OK, but you can do a lot better making your own.

Frozen Vegan Mac and Cheese

Frozen mac & cheese brands are a couple notches above boxed products in quality, and are priced accordingly. Instead of a cheezy sauce, frozen products typically involve vegan cheese that melts during cooking. You can bake these products in the oven (which takes more time than microwaving but brings the texture to a whole different level):

In the United States, you’ll have no trouble finding these products at natural food stores and at Whole Foods Market.

Diving Deeper Into Italian Cooking

Macaroni and cheese is a classic Italian dish. If it’s among your favorite meals, you will certainly enjoy sampling other classic Italian foods. We’ve got a wonderful guide to Italian cuisine that will acquaint you with key dishes, ingredients, and cooking methods.

For further reading: please see our vegan cooking guide and our vegan foods page.

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