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Chipotle mac and cheese recipe
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5 from 8 votes

Vegan Chipotle Mac and Cheese

Indulge is an adult version of a childhood favorite. Vegan Chipotle mac and cheese is all about savory, spicy goodness. Then add some healthy veggies for good measure, and love the flavors! Dig in; mac and cheese isn't just for kids.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 502kcal


Chipotle Cheese Sauce

Other Ingredients

  • 16 ounces whole-grain or gluten-free Farfalle Bow-tie pasta
  • 1 head broccoli core removed and cut into florets
  • 16 ounces button mushrooms sliced (or mushrooms of choice)
  • 1 yellow onion sliced thin
  • 6 baby bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Almond Chipotle Cheese Sauce

  • Soak raw almonds overnight, drain, and place in a large blender cup.
  • Add all other ingredients.
  • Blend on high until creamy

Pasta and Vegetables

  • Fill a large pot with water and add a few teaspoons of salt.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta, stir, and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook according to pasta instructions (my pasta took 13 minutes to cook)
  • In the meantime, heat a skillet to medium heat and saute garlic and onions until onions are translucent.
  • Use a little vegetable broth so the onions and garlic don't stick.
  • Add mushrooms and continue cooking with the onions and garlic until mushrooms are browned.
  • Now, add the sliced baby bell peppers
  • Add vegetable broth as needed, so vegetables don't stick.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the pasta has 5 minutes remaining, add the raw broccoli to the pasta water and stir.
  • When the time is up to drain the pasta, drain the pasta and broccoli together in a colander.
  • Add noodles and broccoli back to the pasta pot.
  • Then, add sauteed mushrooms, onions, and baby bell peppers.
  • Next, pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and vegetables.
  • Stir, and serve.


  • For a nut-free option, choose white beans or silent tofu as the base of the cheese sauce. However, reduce the water by ½.
  • It can be made gluten-free with gluten-free pasta
  • Any noodle shape can be substitutes
  • Allergic to almonds, an alternative sauce is nacho cheese sauce
  • Looking for a cashew cheese sauce, try miso cashew cheese sauce
  • Add any vegetables you enjoy
  • Spicy ingredients like adobo chili and sauce, and cayenne should be added slowly, and you should taste test as you go.
  • Chipotle mac and cheese reheats well for leftovers and lunch.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 1006mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg