Need a quick and easy meal? Make a jar of this homemade vegan mac and cheese powder to have in your pantry.
This instant mac and cheese powder is:
- And incredibly convenient
You know those times when you’re starving but feeling too lazy or tired to cook? Make a jar of this homemade vegan mac and cheese powder and next time you’ll be able to cook up a meal super quick, with hardly any effort!
Before going vegan, my default ‘I’m so exhausted and just got back from a really long day’ dinner used to be pasta with a homemade cheesy sauce.
Now we’ve got a jar of this vegan mix in the cupboard, it’s even easier. It’s as simple as: Cook macaroni, chuck stuff in, stir and EAT!
The main ingredient of the mix is nutritional yeast. We use so much of this that we buy it in bulk for better value! Nooch, as it’s affectionately called, has a cheesy, nutty flavour, and is a good source of protein.
A bit of plain flour helps to thicken the sauce. We haven’t tried a gluten free flour, but it would likely work as an alternative.
Then, onion granules or powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika add some flavour.
Turmeric adds a bit of warm yellow colour.
And salt, pepper and a bit of sugar complete the mix.
The other thing that’s awesome about this mac n cheese powder is how perfect it is for camping. It’s lightweight, shelf stable and quick to cook, so it makes the ideal camping dinner.
And instead of using plant milk, you can just use the cooking water from the macaroni to make the sauce, which makes it even more camping cooking friendly!
Step by step
You'll find the recipe card at the end of the post, but here's a quick visual guide.
The mix is super easy to make. Just measure all your ingredients into a jar, give it a good stir and you’re done!
To use the powder to make mac and cheese:
It’s perfect if you are cooking for one person or feeding a crowd. Simply use 3 tablespoons of mac'n'cheese powder, plus 1/3 cup liquid (75 ml) and 1/2 cup dry macaroni (70 g) per person.
Step 1 - Cook your macaroni according to the package instructions. (Usually about 7 minutes) Drain the pasta.
Step 2 - Add the plant milk.
Step 3 - Then add the mac and cheese powder.
Step 4 - And stir until the sauce is smooth and thick.
Step 5 - We like to finish it off by adding a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. That adds some tang and fat for a more cheesy experience!
Feel free to adjust the mix to your own tastes: Add a bit less salt, more pepper, tweak the spices...
Instead of adding some lemon juice at the end, you could use a pinch of lemon pepper or citric acid, which has a nice sharp tang to add to the cheesiness.
We haven’t included cashews in the powder so it has a long shelf life. But if you want to add some for more cheesy flavour, just grind up some cashews in a high speed blender, and use in place of some of the nutritional yeast.
Add some veg to cook with the macaroni:
- Brocolli or cauliflower
- Green beans
- Frozen peas (add a couple of minutes before your macaroni is done)
Or chuck in some :
- Fresh herbs
- Sliced spring onions
- Or sun dried tomatoes
If you’ve got some vegan cheese to hand, you could also grate some on top. Or pop it under the grill until it’s bubbling.
Serve the vegan mac and cheese with a salad to add some colour, fibre and vitamins.
Go super indulgent and use the vegan mac'n'cheese as a side dish to a hearty Vegan Chili Non Carne!
Check out our other super easy vegan recipes, that require very little effort or ingredients!
Vegan Mac & Cheese Powder
Vegan Mac & Cheese Powder
Cooking Mac & Cheese
- 2 ½ cups (350 g) macaroni ½ cup / person
- 1 ⅔ cups (400 ml) plant milk ⅓ cup / person
- 1 cup (112 g) Vegan Mac & Cheese Powder 3 tbsp / person
- 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp / person
- 1 tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp / person
Max & cheese powder
- Measure and mix all the ingredients.
- For long shelf life, store in a dry jar in a cool dark place.
Cooking vegan mac'n'cheese
- Cook and drain pasta according to package instructions. For the camping version without non-dairy milk, reserve the pasta cooking water to use in its place.
- Return the pasta to a saucepan. Add non-dairy milk/pasta cooking water, prepared mac'n'cheese powder, oil and lemon juice.
- Stir to combine on low heat, until the sauce thickens up and reaches the desired consistency.