Easy One-Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese (3-Ingredients)

September 25, 2020

One-Pot

By: Chris Petrellese 

Learn how to make the easiest creamy vegan mac and cheese with just one-pot and less than 30 minutes of your time! All of the flavors and feelings of childhood wrapped up into one easy-to-prepare dish that will make everyone in the family happy. It doesn’t get much better than that.

a shot of vegan mac and cheese in a white pot with a wooden handle

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?

This isn’t just any mac and cheese, it’s an easy one-pot vegan mac and cheese that requires little to no effort. We know not everyone has the time or patience to make a fancy baked mac and cheese, so this recipe is for those who are short on time and ingredients and just want a hearty, flavor-packed meal in minutes.

ingredients for one pot vegan mac and cheese

For this easy one-pot vegan and cheese you only need 3 simple ingredients, and then some extras if you want to add a little extra oomph to your mac.

The base of this vegan mac and cheese:

  • Pasta – We like to use elbow macaroni for this mac and cheese to keep things classic. You can use any shape of pasta that you prefer, or have available. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, just opt for GF pasta and boom!
  • Vegan Cheese – Shreds, block cheese, or even slices will work for this recipe. We like to use cheddar-style cheese, but mozzarella works well also. If you are using a block or slices, you will need to grate the cheese beforehand. We recommend using Follow Your Heart, Miyoko’s, or Violife.
  • Plant Milk – As long as the milk is unsweetened, you can use oat, soy, almond, or any other dairy-free milk that you prefer.

Optional Additional Ingredients:

  • Spices – In addition to salt and pepper, spices such as onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika can really help bring the flavors of this mac and cheese to the next level.
  • Veggies – Adding veggies to your mac and cheese helps add heaps of flavor and nutrition to the meal. We like to add broccoli, peas, spinach, or anything else we have in the house.
  • Protein – If you are looking to add some additional protein to your dish, vegan buffalo chicken, crispy tofu, diced up veggie burger pieces, or veggie sausage are all good options.
  • Toppings – Top off your mac with some bread crumbs, everything bagel seasoning, or fresh herbs like basil, parsley or oregano.
hands holding a white bowl of vegan mac and cheese with a fork

If you’re looking for a “fancier” mac and cheese, we’ve got you covered there too. We have a Nut-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese and an Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese that are also great. These may take a little more time and effort, but the results will be worth it!

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a shot of vegan mac and cheese in a white pot with a wooden handle

Easy One-Pot Vegan Mac and Cheese (3-Ingredients)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Learn how to make the easiest creamy vegan mac and cheese with just one-pot and less than 30 minutes of your time! 


Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup unsweetened oat milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) elbow noodles (or noodles of chocie)
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded vegan cheese of choice (we used Violife Cheddar)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Spruce it up with

  • Garlic powder
  • Mustard powder
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Add the oat milk to a pot and bring it to a boil over medium heat. 
  2. Once boiling, add in the pasta and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer until the noodles are cooked through and absorb all of the liquid, about 10 minutes, stirring often so the pasta does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, remove it from heat and add in the remaining 1/4 cup of oat milk along with the vegan cheese. Mix until the cheese has fully melted.
  4. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Add additional seasonings as desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • This recipe is meant to be a 3-ingredient base for you to build off of! We suggest adding some of the optional seasonings to give it that extra oomph. 
  • This recipe was adapted from Budget Bytes
  • We like to use elbow macaroni for this mac and cheese to keep things classic. You can use any shape of pasta that you prefer, or have available. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, just opt for GF pasta and boom!
  • Shreds, block cheese, or even slices will work for this recipe. We like to use cheddar-style cheese, but mozzarella works well also. If you are using a block or slices, you will need to grate the cheese beforehand. We recommend using Follow Your Heart, Miyoko’s, or Violife. 
  • As long as the milk is unsweetened, you can use oat, soy, almond, or any other dairy-free milk that you prefer. 
  • Category: Entree, Pasta
  • Method: One Pot

Keywords: one pot, mac and cheese, pasta, 3-ingredient, 30 minute

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Jason says:

    We’re running the deadline and haven’t got enough time to prepare breakfast. This recipe is ideal for busy periods. Perhaps I can’t find any simple dish like this recipe. But it still provides enough energy for the morning. Thank you!

  2. Melissa says:

    Already made this twice in two weeks! Once was while camping. The perfect camping meal!! Made it with chickpea pasta for protein and broccoli for veg 🙂 love you guys!

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