[FOOD | RECIPE] Pasta with Sweet Potato Sauce (Mac & Cheese Alternative)

There are plenty of vegan Mac & Cheese recipes out there. A good majority of them use a cashew-base, which allows for a cheesier taste. However, I don’t know about your area, but cashews are freakin’ expensive. Unless you know you are going to use them regularly, I don’t think they are worth buying. Okay, sure, I have some now, but I really think they are a bit too expensive for my taste in general.

That being said, I wanted to deliver you guys a recipe I made again a few days ago, based off one I made a while back. It’s stupidly easy. Give it a try!

[FOOD | RECIPE] Pasta with Sweet Potato Sauce (Mac & Cheese Alternative)

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  • Pasta of choice
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 half of an onion
  • *1 half of a red pepper OR a few dashes of paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dijon mustard (no more than half a teaspoon)
  • Plant milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • Nutmeg (optional)


  1. Wash, scrub, cut, and boil the sweet potatoes
  2. Wash, scrub, and cut the carrots, as well as half an onion and the *red pepper; place into a pan and sauté with some water until softened.
  3. Cook pasta according to directions/however you cook them.
  4. Throw the sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and *red pepper/paprika into a blender, along with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, and a few dashes of (optional) nutmeg to the mixture. Blend.
  5. Pour well-blended mixture on top of pasta. Enjoy!


* When I originally made this recipe, I used a red pepper in it. However, when I made this again, I forgot I didn't have any red pepper, so I used paprika instead. You can do either one.

Adapted from Veggies Don't Bite

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So, first you soften the sweet potatoes, carrots, and onion (and red pepper if you actually remember to include that). Once that’s done, I throw them into a blender, start the pasta (using the same pot I boiled the potatoes in, although with new water), and blend the mixture together with the spices listed above plus Dijon mustard and almond milk (or whatever plant-based milk you want) to thin it out into a creamy consistency.

Then you get THIS deliciousness right here:

Does it taste like Mac & Cheese?


Is it CREAMY like Mac & Cheese?


So, if you are missing that creamy cheese texture, definitely try this. If you’re looking for a cheesy taste, try the recipes linked below.

If you are looking for some additional vegan equivalents to Mac & Cheese that are not cashew-based, here are few suggestions:

Veggies Don’t Bite – Ultimate Cheese Sauce
The Glowing Fridge – The Ultimate Vegan Mac & Cheese
The Green Forks – Vegan Mac & Cheese
Petite Allergy Treats – Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese (Gluten-Free Vegan)

You can also try and find Daiya Mac & Cheeses: Deluxe Cheddar, Deluxe Alfredo, and Deluxe White Cheddar Veggie

If you are looking for CASHEW-BASED vegan Mac & Cheese, you can go here:

Veggie Inspired – Butternut Mac (RECOMMEND!!!)
Vegan Yumminess – Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese
Cheap Lazy Vegan – BEST VEGAN MAC & CHEESE
The Happy Pear ft. Cheap Lazy Vegan – Vegan Mac & Cheese