Yummy Vegan Recipes by Vinna Best

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Recipe by Vinna Best

How to make Vegan Caribbean Mac and Cheese from scratch? Get step by step directions on how to make this plant-based macaroni recipe with West Indian flavours.



  • 250g pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Crumb Toppings

  • 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoon of nutritional yeast 
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Cheese Sauce 

  • 1-2 potatoes
  • carrots
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 500ml plant-based milk
  • 4 teaspoon of nutritional yeast 
  • 2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)


  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time:  30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Serves: 4 People


To cook pasta:

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions, usually 7-8 minutes for most types of pasta.
  3. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent clumping.
  4. Set aside in a bowl.

To make the herbed crumb topping:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together nutritional yeast, paprika, thyme, and salt to create the crumb mixture.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat and add extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Add the crumb mixture to the pan and stir with a spatula to coat the crumbs in the oil.
  4. Toast the crumbs for 60 seconds or until golden brown, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove the crumbs from the pan and set aside in a bowl.

To make the cheese sauce:

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrots into small pieces.
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, and remaining sauce ingredients (non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, turmeric, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt) to a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and set aside.

To assemble and bake the vegan mac and cheese:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta and cheese sauce, stirring until well coated.
  3. Transfer the pasta mixture to a baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the toasted crumb mixture evenly over the top of the pasta.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown.
  6. Allow the mac and cheese to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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