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Mac N Cheez

Mayim Bialik
  • Serves: 8
  • Preparation: 5
  • Cooking: 20
  • Ready: 25

An exceptionally yummy and satisfying dish from Mayim Bialik which you’ll find yourself making when you crave comfort food in a jiffy.


  • 1 x 16-ounce (500 g) package pasta, such as farfalle, rigatoni, penne, shells, or large macaroni
  • 1¼ cups nondairy milk (almond milk works best)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white or brown rice flour
  • 1 x 8-ounce (250 g) bag shredded vegan cheese, preferably mozzarella or cheddar
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (optional)


Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain when al dente and place in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Heat 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

In a cup, whisk the flour into the remaining ¼ cup of milk until dissolved.

Add it slowly to the heated milk, whisking as you go. Add the shredded vegan cheese and stir constantly until the cheese is dissolved and the sauce is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour over the pasta mixture and stir to combine. 

If desired, place the pasta in a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish and cover with the bread crumbs. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and broil until browned on top, about 5 minutes.


Additonal notes

“People often ask vegan children if they miss macaroni and cheese. With this recipe, your kids don’t have to miss out on the creamy comfort food many kids think comes from a box. The vegan cheese sauce can be poured and mixed directly into cooked pasta or baked in a casserole. Either way, it is an exceptionally yummy and satisfying dish you’ll find yourself making when you crave comfort food in a jiffy.”

From Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

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