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vegan jalapeno popper mac and cheese

Vegan jalapeno popper mac and cheese

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Say hello to the ultimate comfort food! This mac and cheese is the best!


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight then drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  • 250 grams pasta of choice (I used gluten-free cavatappi)
  • 1/2 cup of crounons or gluten-free croutons, crushed 


  1. Add the cashews, water, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, salt and pepper to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a pan on medium-high heat, then add the onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Next, add the garlic and jalapenos and cook for another minute.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add the cream cheese and cashew sauce to the pan, stirring until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Add the pasta and 1/2 cup of pasta water to the pan and mix everything together, letting cook for 2-3 minutes until thick and creamy.
  7. Transfer the mac and cheese to a baking dish and top with the crushed croutons.
  8. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes (keep a close eye on it!) until browned.
  9. Remove and serve.


Salt your pasta water to give your pasta some extra flavour! If you can’t find vegan cream cheese you can just omit it from this recipe.


  • Calories: 395
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 13g

Keywords: dairy-free mac and cheese, vegan mac and cheese, healthy mac and cheese