Smokylicious Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese

vegan mac and cheese

If you’re like me, you crave vegan comfort food from time to time… And mac ‘n cheese is often at the top of my list for a meal to satisfy such a craving!

Speaking of cravings, we did a fabulously fun and actionable episode about cravings on the Vegan Life Coach Podcast (episode 13) in case you feel powerless over your food cravings and could use some guidance.Smokylicious

I just got my hands on this new product from the makers of Noochy Licious (my nutritional yeast of choice that I buy in bulk HERE) called Smokylicious.

I was a bit skeptical at first, as I’m not a big fan of flavors that try to mimic meat, and “No Bacon Flavor” is written on the bag, so I just wasn’t sure.

I decided to give it a shot however, and use it in place of the original flavor in the vegan mac ‘n cheese recipe I often use when I’m craving comfort food.

BOOM! It turned out so well that I feel called to share it with you!

This is adopted from a recipe called “Best Mac & Cheese” from VegNews, and vegan meal for human and dogI’m calling it Smokylicious Mac ‘n Cheese. I like to roast broccoli as the side dish, and save a bit of the cheese sauce to drizzle over the broccoli as well.

Please note that while this is a fairly healthy vegan macaroni and cheese recipe compared to many others, it is not oil-free, as it contains some vegan butter. I have not tried to make this dish without the butter, or with a substitute for the butter YET.

I love using ORGANIC legume-based pasta (e.g. Chickapea Organic Chickpea Pasta) because it is higher in protein, and, with the Smokylicious, which contains 3 g protein per Tablespoons, we end up with plant protein-packed meal (which, in combination with a consistent strength training routine like the one I’ve been doing, is aligned with the goal of building/maintaining a strong, lean, physique).

*Time and energy-saving tip: I sometimes make a double portion of the vegan cheese sauce, and freeze it in large ice cube trays, giving me the option to take a single serving out of the freezer to thaw as needed to add to a baked potato for example.

Smokylicious Mac ‘n Cheese (Vegan)

Cook al dente, drain, and rinse with cold water:

  • 1 package (8 oz) organic legume pasta or pasta of choice

Simmer in saucepan about 20 minutes until tender:

  • 2 Tablespoon shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Smokylicious nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup water


  • 1/4 cup cashes, soaked 1+ hours, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons melted vegan butter (e.g. Miyoko’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened flax milk or plant-milk of choice

Add cooked veggies and cooking water and blend until smooth.

In a large saucepan, toss pasta and about 3/4 of the cheese sauce and heat on medium, stirring regularly until hot.

Use the rest of the cheese sauce to drizzle over roasted broccoli as a side dish, or save in the fridge or freezer to use later (great for a loaded baked potato as well).

Eat mindfully and enjoy the hell out of every bite of this delicious vegan mac and cheese!!

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A passionate vegan for the last 28 years, Ella Magers, MSW is a leading voice for revolutionary transformation in the fitness industry. Ella connects people with the information, tools, support, and guidance they need to develop holistically healthy habits, claim mental and emotional well-being, and live more fulfilling and fiercely compassionate lives. Ella is a professional speaker, published author, and coach. She is the spirited host of the inspiring Rise & Thrive Podcast and the Vegan Life Coach Podcast, founder of Sexy Fit Vegan®, and creator of the 22Reboot total transformation system. As a plant-based athlete and former bodybuilding champion, Ella was recognized as one of the world's top personal trainers by and Shape Magazine. Having healed from her own struggles with disordered eating, Ella Magers shows people that there are alternatives to crash diets and excessive workout regimens, and how to align their lifestyle with true health by using compassion as their compass. Ella is on the founding board of Hogs & Kisses Farm Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of creating the best possible life for farm animals while inspiring compassion for all living beings.

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