Award Winning Dairy Free Mac & Cheese

My mac and "cheese" is SO CREAMY & savory! You will be VERY SURPRISED there is no cheese in this dish! NO imitation cheese, soy or nutritional yeast!

Award Winning Dairy Free Mac & Cheese

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 50 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The secret in this no dairy mac and cheese is the spices for flavor, and the boiled cashews, which when blended with butternut squash create a lovely yellow color and the most rich, velvety sauce!

You Need

For the Dairy Free Cheese Sauce

For the Sage Bread Crumb Topping

To Combine


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Make the (not so) Cheese Sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line an 8 x 8 glass dish.
    • Combine butternut squash, cashews, onion and chicken base in pot. Add water just to cover. Alternatively, use chicken broth to cover in place of chicken base. Add kosher salt, pepper, smoked hot paprika, garlic & onion powder. Cover and bring to a boil until cashews are soft. 
    • Drain liquid from softened vegetables and cashews, add to blender.
    • Blend until smooth. 
    • Add blended mixture to pot, and simmer over medium low heat. Stirring constantly. Be careful, as this mixture will sputter. Cook until slightly thickened about 5-10 minutes.

Combine Macaroni

    • Mix pasta with sauce and bacon. Put into greased dish. 

Make Bread Crumb Topping

    • Mix breadcrumbs, dash of kosher salt, garlic, onion powder & mustard powder. Mix in sage. Drizzle with avocado oil. Sprinkle onto mac and cheese in an even layer. 
    • Top with tomato slices.
    • Bake until golden brown on top, and tomatoes have shriveled. 
    The sage bread crumbs, and the tomatoes that sit atop this baked mac and cheese offer a fragrant, and sweet touch to this creamy savory dish!


Feeling fresh? Try adding fresh veggies to the mix: peas, mushrooms, or leeks are good options.

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