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Vegan Comfort Food

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

4

Does anything scream comfort food more than a big, piping hot bowl of mac and cheese? Combine that with the fall flavors of pumpkin, and you have the ultimate meal to make this fall for you and your family. This Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is easy, cheap to make, vegan, and can be made in just one-pot. 

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese being stirred in a pot

Maria pouring toppings on Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Why you’ll love this Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese:

  • It takes only 30 minutes to make 
  • It is vegan-friendly 
  • It can be made on a budget 
  • Say bye bye to dishes, as it only takes one-pot 

A sliced in half pumpkin for Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Maria holding up the sliced pumpkin to her eyes for the Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

What are the health benefits of pumpkin? 

Pumpkin is seriously the flavor of fall. You see pumpkin spices everything everywhere you go. This recipe is a unique way to utilize pumpkin in your cooking, especially when you have a can of leftover pumpkin puree you need to use up. But did you know pumpkin is actually unreal for you? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Rich in vitamin A
  • Has high antioxidant content 
  • Packs vitamins that boost immunity (perfect for this time of year) 
  • Has benefits that could protect your eyesight 
  • Is low in calories 
  • Promotes healthy skin

Maria pouring sauce in the Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Maria dishing out Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

How do you make Pumpkin Mac and Cheese?

This recipe is easy and can be made in only 30-minutes. Perfect for those lazy, gloomy fall days when you want something comforting, and healthy to feed your family. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F or set to broil
  2. Add all your ingredients apart from the toppings to a medium-sized pot and bring it to a light boil, then simmer for 10 minutes (Note: this sauce serves 4 people, so when cooking pasta, keep this in mind)
  3. Simply add the cooked pasta to the same pot and the sauce and stir to combine
  4. Transfer to an oven-safe pan and broil for 3-5 minutes (keep a close eye so it doesn’t burn)
  5. Top with whatever you have. I love this with crushed chips on top, walnuts, and/or fresh herbs

What are some ways you like to use pumpkin in your baking and cooking? Share with me in the comments!

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Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese on cutting board in pot with spoon

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegan Meals, Vegan Comfort Food, Vegan Pasta Recipes
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is one for the books. It’s so darn comforting, cheap to make, and is perfect for fall!


Scale

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 cups pureed pumpkin

1 tbsp. tomato paste

2 tbsp. ketchup

3 large garlic cloves

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp onion seasoning

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

3 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)

3 tbsp. vegan butter of choice

1 cup soy milk

1 cup cheese of choice

Toppings:

1/2 cup salt and vinegar chips

1/4 cup crushed walnuts

fresh thyme

fresh sage


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F or set to broil.

Add all your ingredients apart from the toppings to a medium-sized pot and bring it to a light boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

This sauce serves 4 people, so when cooking pasta, keep this in mind.

Simply add the cooked pasta to the same pot and the sauce and stir to combine.

Transfer to an oven-safe pan and broil for 3-5 minutes (keep a close eye).

Before serving, top with the crushed chips, walnuts and fresh herbs! And of course, enjoy with ketchup!


Notes

If you do not have vegan butter, regular will be fine.

If you do not have a milk alternative, regular will be fine.

Use whatever cheese makes you happy.  If using a vegan kind, try and find a brand that is meltable.  Daiya is great!

Keywords: cheap, easy, lazy, recipe, vegan, quick, one-pot

Lauren Marinigh

This sounds like the perfect (and yummiest) way to use up leftover pumpkin!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Lauren! I love this recipe!

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