Dairy Free Mac & Cheese

Dairy Free Mac & Cheese
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  • Makes
    servings, 1 cup each


  • 3 cups dry, small elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped yellow potatoes
  • 1/3 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup raw, soaked cashews
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Almond Cooking Milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Toppings: panko bread flakes, crushed croutons or kale chips (optional)


COOK macaroni to al denté texture according to package instructions. Drain; place in large bowl. Cover and set aside.

PREHEAT oven to 400° F.

BOIL 3 cups of water in a small pot and place chopped potatoes, carrots and onion in the boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your veggies.

DRAIN vegetables making sure to reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Place vegetables and reserved cooking water in blender container. Add soaked cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Cover; blend until smooth.

POUR sauce over cooked macaroni in bowl; mix well. Pour into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with topping of choice.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until crumbs turn golden brown. Serve warm.

TIP: To soak raw cashews, place the cashews in a glass bowl and cover them with warm filtered, purified or distilled water. A ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part cashews is good. Cover with a tea towel and allow to stand at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours. Rinse and drain several times before use.

NOTE: Alternately, the Mac & Cheese can be served without baking. Place well by placing the Macaroni and cheese mixture into a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 4g 5%
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 400mg 17%
  • Carbohydrates 31g 11%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 10%
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 7g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.