Dairy Free Mac and Cheese: 10 Minute Vegan Pasta Recipe

What does mac and cheese taste like? It tastes like childhood. Of course, your Mom cooked it. Now you can do it yourself. This simple dairy free mac and cheese recipe is great for those of you who are lactose intolerant. Of course, we don’t promise that it will taste exactly the way your Mom’s did. However, this 10 minute recipe has pretty good chances to become one of your favorite ones – that’s for sure.

Dairy Free Mac and Cheese


The main requirement for a dairy free recipe is to replace all lactose-containing ingredients with dairy free components. (It’s easy if you know how and where to buy dairy free products)

  • Uncooked macaroni or pasta – 8 ounces;
  • lactose free milk – 1 cup;
  • cornstarch – 1 tablespoon;
  • warm water – ½ tablespoon;
  • lactose free cheddar – 4 ounces;
  • Dijon mustard – ½ teaspoon;
  • salt – 1 ½ teaspoon;
  • chopped bacon – optional.


Though you may have your own special tricks for this dish, a traditional mac and cheese recipe looks something like this:

  1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions (about 7 minutes).
  2. Bring dairy free milk to simmer, constantly stirring it, so it doesn’t scorch.
  3. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in a half tablespoon of warm water. Add it to the milk and continue stirring until milk simmers and gets a bit thicker.
  4. Remove the milk from heat, add lactose free cheese, mustard and salt. Stir it up well.
  5. Resist the temptation to eat too much sauce as it is.
  6. Dry up your pasta and combine it with sauce.
  7. Invite your dear and near to taste it! Enjoy!

How do you (or your Mom/grandma/wife) cook the good old mac and cheese? We’d be happy to read some of your special tricks in the comments section below.