Mac & Cheese

Healthy Mac & Cheese

Nothing says comfort more than macaroni and cheese.  At least to me anyway…..well, I guess pretty much any kinda pasta speaks to my comfort, but that’s just me.

However, my traditional way of making macaroni and cheese was an artery clogging, waistline expanding carb and fat overload.  That’s because traditional mac & cheese weighs in at around 460 calories, 23 grams of fat (13 of them saturated), 83mg of cholesterol, 42 grams of carbohydrates and almost no fiber.

That’s why I just HAD to figure out a way to satisfy my comfort food cravings while still maintaining my healthy diet.

Enter, this deliciousness!!!  It’s so good, that even my meat and potatoes hubby loved it too.  Shhhh…..don’t tell him there’s no cheese in it 🙂

What give it the cheesy flavor you ask?  Great question.  The ingredient of choice for this is nutritional yeast.  It is an ingredient that is readily available at your grocery store and will save you lots of pounds, inches and blood sugar spikes!

Mac & Cheese

Healthy Mac & Cheese

So delicious, you'll forget it's healthy!
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: macaroni and cheese, pasta, plant based protein
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Coach Collette
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For The Pasta

  • 8 oz pasta of choice I used Banza, gluten free

For The Cheese Sauce

  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 C raw cashews soaked for 2 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 C nutritional yeast
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika optional


  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 8X8 baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, add all cheese sauce ingredients to high speed blender. Begin at low speed and increase to high speed over the course of about 1 minute, then continue processing for approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and return to pot. Pour cheese sauce over and mix well. Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika (optional)
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Healthy Mac & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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