Vegan Pesto Mac & Cheese

by | Apr 9, 2021 | Gluten Free, Mains, Recipes, Sides, Vegan Cheese

Photo by Hannah Burne

What could be better than a creamy, delicious, vegan mac & cheese in this gloomy weather? a pesto vegan mac & cheese!

The first time I had mac & cheese I was well into my twenties – growing up in Israel, this wasn’t a staple food.

When I moved to Canada, I was introduced to a whole new world of comfort food, to my delight…

I created this vegan recipe for the meal service I was offering a few years back – if you’ve been missing it, now you can make it yourself!


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves 3-4
Gluten free optional

Gluten free



  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb macaroni pasta (brown rice macaroni pasta works well with this recipe for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 cup Pesto

Cashew “Cheeze” Sauce:

  • 1¼ cup unsalted cashews
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp prepared mustard
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper


Place 8 cups of water and 1 tsp salt into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Add pasta to the pot and stir well. Check the pasta packaging for the cooking time and cook it accordingly.

Once cooked, strain the pasta thoroughly and place into a bowl.

Place all of the cashew sauce ingredients into a blender and process until it is a smooth sauce.

Add the cashew sauce and pesto to the cooked pasta bowl and mix well.

Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to soak in the sauces.

Return the pasta to the pot to heat and serve as is, or transfer to an oven-safe dish and broil for 10 minutes.

You can make this recipe without the pesto addition, but I highly recommend adding it!


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