Ulimate Mac & Cheese -Made in Hackney : Life Beyond Cheese

Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Creamy, cheesy, comfort food at its finest!

Makes 1 large dish, serving 4-6



3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons plain or wholemeal flour (or for gluten free 2.5 tbsp Arrowroot)

350-500 millilitres non-dairy milk

100 grams soaked cashews (optional – for the ultimate creamy texture)

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 heaped tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon white miso

1 teaspoon garlic granules

1⁄2 teaspoon onion granules

Freshly ground black pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika

500 grams wholemeal or gluten free pasta


  1. Place a pan of water on to boil and cook pasta as per packet instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking add the olive oil to a saucepan over a medium heat. Add flour (or arrowroot) and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Stir in the milk, little by little, cooking over the heat until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  4. To the sauce add the remaining ingredients (aside from the cashews if using) and whisk to combine.
  5. If using the cashews, blend with 250 millilitres of water to make a cashew cream and add to the saucepan.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  7. Pour the sauce over the drained pasta and serve immediately. Alternatively you can place the pasta in an oven proof dish and cook for 5-10 minutes under the grill for a crispy top.

If making gluten free and using the arrowroot you may want to blend the sauce after step 3 as arrowroot tends to clump and not give a smooth sauce, then add back to the saucepan for step 4.

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