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Vegan Mac&Cheese / Wegański makaron z serem.

Vegan Mac & Cheese

I’m not vegan and no one in my family is but I love experimenting with food and new, different recipes are alaways welcome in my kitchen! When I saw this recipe at “THE SIMPLE VEGANISTA”  I knew instantly that this is going to be something I have to try! One of the ingredient used in this recipe is NUTRITIONAL YEAST (also called “nooch”) which I bought a while ago. If you’re not familiar with vegan or vegetarian diet you probably never heard of such a thing as nutritional yeast. Don’t mistake them with brewer yeast or instant yeast for baking – those are different! As the name suggest they’re packed with vitamins: zinc, protein, folic acid, selenium, they’re low in fat and sometimes gluten free (not all brands!). It simply works as a healthy flavour enhancer and tastes like something savoury, nutty and umami. It’s great with cheesy dishes just like mac & cheese! Wait….you’re probablty thinking now, what the heck is UMAMI? According to Wikipiedia, umami is a savoury taste, one of the five basic tastes (with sweet, sour, bitter and salty). Umami has a mild but lasting aftertaste that is difficult to describe, it makes a great variety of foods pleasant. Simple! So don’t waste any minute and try this lovely vegan Mac & Cheese!

Sama nie jestem weganką ani wegetarianką, nie jest też nikt w mojej rodzinie ale jeśli chodzi o eksperymenty w kuchni – zawsze jestem na tak! Każdy nowy, nie codzienny przepis jest mile widziany w mojej kuchni. Kiedy więc wpadł mi w ręce ten przepis znaleziony na blogu “THE SIMPLE VEGANISTA” od razu wiedziałam, że muszę koniecznie go wypróbować! Jednym ze składników użytych w przepisie są DROŻDŻE ODŻYWCZE (zwane też “nooch”), w które zaopatrzyłam się już jakiś czas temu. Jeśli nie interesuje Was dieta wegańska czy wegetariańska to pewnie nie słyszeliście o takim czymś jak odżywcze drożdże. Nie są to te same drożdże które używane są przy produkcji piwa czy takie które używamy do pieczenia – te mają zupełnie inne właściwości. Jak sama nazwa sugeruje mają mnóstwo wartości odżywczych, witamin tj: proteiny, cynk, kwas foliowy, są też niskokaloryczne i czasem bezglutenowe (wszystko zależy od firmy produkującej – należy sprawdzić wszystko na opakowaniu). Mówiąc prosto – drożdże odżywcze działają jak zdrowsza wersja wzmacniacza smaku i ma lekko “orzechowy”, wytrwany, umami posmak. Świetnie nadaje się do dań z serem tak jak właśnie ten Mac & Cheese! Ale…..co to takiego jest to UMAMI? Zgodnie z tym co opisuje ciocia Wiki jest to nic innego jak wytrwany smak, jeden z 5 podstawowych smaków odczuwanych przez człowieka (słodki, gorzki, słony, kwaśny). Umami ma łagodny jakby rosołowy smak, dość trudny tak w 100% do opisania, podnosi walory smakowe potraw. To tak krótko mówiąc! Więc jeśli lubisz nowe doznania smakowe to nie pozostaje Ci nic innego jak wypróbowanie tego przepisu!


(recipe adapted from “The Simple Veganista”)


  • 200g macaroni pasta
  • 400 ml non-diary milk (coconut, almond, hemp etc.)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 30 g nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method of preparation:

Cook pasta according to information on the package, drain and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, add flour and vigouriosuly mix until well combined. Whisking constantly add milk. Reduce the heat and cook for further few minutes until sauce start to thicken. Remove from heat and add nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika and onion powder, stir until all ingredients are combined and sauce is smooth. Add sauce to the pasta, mix well and serve – season to taste with salt & pepper if needed!

vegan, nut free MAC & CHEESE


(przepis zaadaptowany z “The Simple Veganista“)


  • 200 g makaronu (typu macaroni/maccheroni)
  • 400 ml mleka nie krowiego (migdałowe, kokosowe etc.)
  • 2 łyżki oliwy z oliwek
  • 2 łyżki mąki
  • 30 g drożdży odżywczych
  • 1/2 łyżeczki czosnku w proszku
  • 1/2 łyżeczki cebuli w proszku
  • 1/2 łyżeczki wędzonej papryki
  • sól & pieprz, do smaku

Sposób przygotowania:

Makaron gotujemy według informacji na opakowaniu, odcedzamy i odstawiamy na bok. W średnim garnku rozgrzewamy 2 łyżki oliwy, dodajemy mąkę i szybko mieszamy aż połączy się z oliwą. Ciągle mieszając dodajemy mleko. Gotujemy na średnim ogniu przez kilka minut aż sos zacznie gęstnieć. Zdejmujemy z ognia i dodajemy drożdże odżywcze, sól, czosnek, cebulę i wędzoną paprykę, mieszamy aż przyprawy połączą się z sosem. Dodajemy ugotowany wcześniej makaron i mieszamy aż połączy się z resztą składników. Przyprawiamy do smaku solą i pieprzem, jeśli potrzeba.

vegan mac & cheese

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  • Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)
    07/05/2014 at 5:24 pm

    What a lovely recipe , you are right I did not know about this yeast although I have heard of white sauces made using ground cashewnuts .

  • TwinsplusTwo
    07/05/2014 at 5:58 pm

    Brilliant! And add gluten free pasta and it would suit my kids too 🙂

  • TwinsplusTwo
    07/05/2014 at 6:00 pm

    I would love you to add this to my “FreeFrom Favourites” link up so my readers can try it? http://thereciperesource.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/free-from-favourites-link-up.html

  • sharon martin
    07/05/2014 at 6:18 pm

    Certainly seems easy enough to make and looks great. I haven’t actually heard of nooch before so thank you for that!

  • Beauty Is Inside And Out
    07/05/2014 at 7:04 pm

    i bought a huge , and imean huge cauliflower the other day for my sunday roast and lil one said oooh that be good for cauliflower mac and cheese, i ended up using half of it for our steak pie tea the next day but really wish ad kept it for mac and cheese

  • Mummy of Two
    07/05/2014 at 7:06 pm

    Yum! Mac n Cheese is a big favourite in our house and I am always on the lookout for new ways of making it!

  • Louisa
    07/05/2014 at 7:12 pm

    Your recipe looks delicious. I was a vegetarian for many years and finding suitable alternatives for recipes was very tricky. Thankfully it seems a little easier now a days.

  • Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown)
    07/05/2014 at 7:31 pm

    Umami is my favourite taste, which is why I like a nicely seared steak. Wouldn’t go down to well with vegans but I’m sure they would be very happy with this.
    Love Vicky

  • damsonlane
    07/05/2014 at 7:39 pm

    Looks like a great alternative to mac and cheese if you are on a vegan diet. I love adding small bits of broccoli and roasted onion to my mac and cheese to make it extra delicious and a crunchy breadcrumb topping (you could always use GF breadcrumbs if gluten is an issue too).

  • pixiemamablog
    07/05/2014 at 7:46 pm

    yum! this is one of my favourite dishes to make and to eat 😉

  • TheMadHouse
    07/05/2014 at 8:01 pm

    I know loads of people find mac and cheese comfort food, but we really do not like it in The Mad House!

  • Jenny
    07/05/2014 at 8:08 pm

    Mac and Cheese is my favourite recipe, this version sounds great!

  • sophie
    07/05/2014 at 9:06 pm

    looks yummy! and an easy recipe to do.


  • Lucie Aiston
    07/05/2014 at 9:11 pm

    WOW that looks YUMMY! I’m not a fan of Mac n Cheese myself but my hubby loves it!

  • PinkOddy
    07/05/2014 at 9:43 pm

    Looks so simple and delicious.

  • Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    08/05/2014 at 8:46 am

    I am a big fan of lighter mac and cheese and this def counts. I can image it would be delish with almond milk.

  • savvywendy
    08/05/2014 at 10:10 am

    Lovely recipe , one of my fav food thanks

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    08/05/2014 at 12:28 pm

    What a great take on mac and cheese. I am new to “nooch” myself, but I love it!

  • Tina @thespicypears (@theSpicyPears)
    08/05/2014 at 2:35 pm

    Its freezing cold over here and a big bowl of comforting mac and cheese is just what I need right now.

  • Shell Louise
    08/05/2014 at 10:12 pm

    We never have mac and cheese and I have no idea why because we all love anything cheesy!

  • Kara
    09/05/2014 at 7:37 am

    My kids love a high bowl of macaroni cheese

  • Kerry (@Ohsoamelia_blog)
    09/05/2014 at 8:14 am

    Although I’m not keen on mac and cheese this does look yummy! x

  • Kizzy Bass
    09/05/2014 at 1:13 pm

    Interesting idea, never come across the nutritional yeast, will keep a look out.

  • claire toplis
    09/05/2014 at 3:29 pm

    OOOH I could do with this right now x

  • Keri-Anne
    09/05/2014 at 4:04 pm

    This is one of my girls favourite meals and i love this recipe!! x

  • Choclette
    09/05/2014 at 8:16 pm

    Oh yes, I’d forgotten about nutritional yeast. I think I’ve probably got some at the back of the cupboard somewhere. Sounds like your mac n cheese needs to be tried 🙂

  • Fritha Strickland
    12/05/2014 at 2:18 pm

    interesting! will have to try this! x

  • Lori
    13/05/2014 at 8:26 am

    I love mac & cheese so would love to try this and compare the taste. Looks delicious. x

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