One Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese

This recipe is your new go-to for quick, creamy, CHEESY vegan mac & cheese. There is NO cashews, NO potatoes and NO blending required and it all happens in one pot! I have made this for vegans & non-vegans and everyone has absolutely loved it. 

♡ PS: for more easy and delicious vegan recipes, check out my cookbook Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget!


One Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese

A creamy mac and cheese made in 10 minutes and in only ONE pot! This is the best recipe I have found thus far for an easy vegan mac and cheese that doesn’t require a blender or a ton of ingredients!

  • Author: Liv B


  • 2 cups macaroni
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp garlic powder (if you really like garlic add 1/2 tsp)


  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheese
  • pepper to taste


  1. To a large/medium pot, add macaroni, water, dijon, salt and garlic powder and stir well. Bring to a light boil, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick. Cook until liquid is absorbed and pasta is cooked. If it starts getting sticky, you can add some splashes of extra water. Different brands of pasta may require more or less water, so have that extra 1 cup on hand to add in gradually just in case.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the almond milk, nutritional yeast, tahini and lemon juice until creamy.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, add the sauce, vegan cheese and pepper and stir until cheese melts. Enjoy!


  1. Andy Gwieu says:

    Really easy to make! So cheesy hehe.
    I would recommend using “white” tahini, I’ve tried semi-whole and it was a bit too bitter.
    Other than that, it was really good! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Nancy says:

    Your Mac and cheese recipe is the best thing since sliced bread – you are so innovative!! Will be my go to, as have been so many of your other recipes. Much love from a fellow Canadian!

  3. Bess says:

    This is so delicious and easy. I didn’t think it would taste good based on how it smelled. It also took a while to boil down the liquid but maybe because I used a gluten free pasta. I used some flax and coconut milk instead of almond. It is fantastic! Thank you!

    1. Leslie says:

      Yes, I had the same issue. I made it twice with regular pasta and the 3 cups was fine. I tried making it with gluten free pasta and next time, I will definitely lessen the water.

  4. Robin says:

    Looks awesome, but what kind of vegan cheese did you use? I don’t usually use those, so don’t know what would work.

  5. Kylee says:

    Hands down the best Vegan Mac I have ever made!! Liv your recipes make me so excited to make food because I know it will also turn out delicious. 11/10 will make again!! Thank you!

  6. Emily says:

    Absolutely loved this. Super easy! My non-vegan boyfriend loved this too. I highly recommend. The best Mac n cheese I’ve had in a while!

  7. Vanessa says:

    This is by far the best vegan mac n cheese I have ever made, let alone tasted! Traditional mac n cheese used to be my favorite guilty pleasure dish and since becoming vegan I have tried MANY versions of boxed and homemade. This was so quick, so easy, one pot ( you can’t beat that), NO BLENDER and sooo delicious! I used violife cheddar cheese slices since that’s what I had on hand and I just took a knife and sliced it as if it were shreds. That worked perfectly! Thanks liv for this awesome recipe! 🙂

    1. Liv B says:

      Definitely not sesame oil as the tahini is for creaminess. I would say your best bet is cashew butter! Peanut butter would make it taste like peanut mac and cheese!

  8. Chloe P says:

    So delicious and simple to make! I really enjoyed not having to blend. I served it with steamed broccoli :^)

  9. Mary says:

    I just made this tonight. I love how adaptable your recipes are! I used oat milk instead of almond and added a touch of hot sauce and paprika. We topped with panko for texture and baked for 25 mins … even my picky 9 year old loved this! I used a package of Daiya American slices and sliced them very thin.

    1. Ewa says:

      This recipe is hands down the best mac n cheese recipe I’ve tried. I’ve made it a at least dozen times. I’m not crazy about fake cheese so I actually leave it out and my family still loves it. The best part is how easy it is!

  10. Lauren says:

    Wow – I don’t normally leave comments or reviews for recipes but for this recipe I just have to. I am not vegan or even vegetarian, just looking for ways to reduce meat and dairy consumption to start out. This mac and cheese is SO GOOD!! I think I’m going to make this my go to for mac and cheese because it’s so easy to make, plus it taste so real. Even the boyfriend liked it! I just purchased the cookbook because I need more of these kinds of recipes.

  11. Leslie says:

    Wow, this Mac & Cheese recipe is amazing. I made it two days in a row, already memorizing the recipe. You can adjust the flavors as you please. I used only 1/4 tsp garlic powder and less lemon juice the second time. I will definitely make this more times in the future. Liv B has the best recipes!

  12. Lisa says:

    I just cannot get over how easy and delicious this recipe is! I am super excited to pick up your cookbook this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipes. Keep shining

  13. Marg says:

    I’m not vegan but dairy and gluten intolerant. I cannot recall the last time I had mac and cheese. This recipe was super easy and fast and I had everything in my pantry and fridge. I did need more water for the gluten free macaroni and I accidentally put in too much tahini but I added some green peas and some real bacon. It was delish! I will for certain make this again.

    Keep up with the great recipes! I have loved everything I have made. I also bought your cookbook.

  14. Mechee says:

    This is the best mac and cheese recipe I’ve had so far in my three years being vegan!!!! It’s incredible. ❤️❤️

    1. Liz says:

      Made this it was so quick and easy, it beats soaking and blending. I also added red capsicum and spinach at the end
      Thanks again 😊

  15. Stefan J says:

    Yeah so this was my first mac and cheese ever, never had any before going vegan but this was just ridiculously good and easy. Great, great recipe! ???

  16. Stefan J says:

    Yeah so this was my first mac and cheese ever, never had any before going vegan but this was just ridiculously good and easy. Great, great recipe ???

  17. Anele Msweli says:

    What a delicious Mac & Cheese! I had all except one ingredient in my cupboard!!! I substituted tahini with sesame oil and since I am vegetarian, I used mozzarella! Divine!! I will be making this again soon!

  18. Daniella says:

    I really appreciate this recipe doesn’t require soaking cashews, boiling potatoes, or any other time-consuming thing!
    This is so tasty, and so simple. It’s my second time making it and it’s still so delicious. I by accidentally left the pasta boiling on high heat, so it was already cooked before the water was absorbed. Instead of using soy/almond milk in the sauce, I used the leftover pasta water for the sauce and it worked just fine! So creamy and decadent. Thank you Liv!

  19. Sydney says:

    Liv… this is so tasty!! Easy and delicious for when I don’t have cashews on hand. I like to add some cooked vegetables and toast ritz crackers on top for extra texture. Thanks!

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