Eat to Live Nutritarian Mexican Mac N Cheese RecipeSometimes cheese is in order.  After 6 weeks on the Eat to Live plan, and eating entirely vegan, it’s nice to dig into a warm comforting bowl of cheesy goodness!  The best part is I don’t have to compromise to get this comfort-food fix.  Not only is this completely vegan, every ingredient used conforms to Dr. Fuhrman’s plan!

Vegan Nutritarian Mac N Cheese Recipe by MyMommaToldMe.comIt is unreal how much this “Not So Cheese” sauce (that I found in my Vitamix recipe book), tastes like the real thing!  I know I’m a eats-with-my-eyes kinda girl, and this cheese sauce looks like the real thing too!  The ooey-gooey orangeness is what caught my attention to begin with when I was flipping through my new Vitamix “cook” book the other day and I’m so glad I took the plunge to try it out!

Black Bean Penne Pasta for Vegan mexican Mac n Cheese recipe MyMommaToldMe.comI decided to spice things up a bit after I found this black bean penne at Sprouts.  There is literally only one ingredient in this penne: black beans!  I decided to go for a Mexican-inspired, nachos-like macaroni and cheese dish.

Vegan Mac N Cheese Sauce recipe ingredients MyMommaToldMe.comI love that this sauce has only 8 ingredients!  Since it’s nut-based and served over essentially black beans I will warn you now that you won’t be able to eat as much of this mac n’ cheese as you’d like!  I had leftovers for at least 3 more meals and I still have some leftover cheese sauce in the fridge that I love to eat with steamed broccoli!

Vegan cheese sauce Vitamix Recipe MyMommaToldMe.comIf you don’t have a Vitamix run out and get one use a blender or food processor that can handle raw nuts.  The great thing about using Vitamix or Blendtec, I’m sure, is that you can blend the sauce so much that it actually cooks in the blender–you see the steam coming out and everything!  And for a momma like me, less pots and dishes = best thing ever!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!  Yes, licking your bowl clean is encouraged!

MEXICAN MACARONI AND CHEESE (makes about 3 cups sauce)


  • 1 cup raw almonds or cashews (I used almonds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (I used jarred peppers in water)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (omit for Nutritarian and add an extra 2 tbsp nutritional yeast)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • black bean penne pasta (for Nutritarian option) or any vegan pasta you prefer
  • optional: low-sodium pico de gallo


  1. Set your water to boil for your pasta, once the water begins to boil, add your pasta then begin the sauce.
  2. Add almonds, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, peppers and seasonings to Vitamix or other high-speed blender.  Start at variable one and increase up to variable 10, blending on high until you see steam escaping from the top vent. 
  3. Drain and rinse pasta (rinse well for black bean penne especially).  Serve immediately with sauce and pico de gallo. 







xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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  • Cassandra says:

    Well, this is the first vegan/nutritarian Mac and cheese that I have tried, and, oh my, am I delighted with the results!! I had it with my first cup of pasta, and then Couldn’t resist finishing off my daughter’s and then…went ahead and put some sauce on some veggies from the broth I am making. Sooo yummy! I’m trying to do the six week plan, but this sauce just threw me off for the day! Lol! I had too much pasta, and too much sauce for sure! At least it’s a far better choice than regular old Mac and cheese! Thanks, Kristin! I love what you are doing for the Nutritarian community.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Cassandra!

      YAY!! So happy you loved the sauce as much as I do!! Lol! I know it is hard to stop with this sauce! That’s why I’m working on a no-nut version!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

      xo, Kristen

  • Anonymous says:

    Don’t you need to heat the sauce?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi! No, in this recipe you don’t need to heat the sauce because it blends on high in the blender and begins to heat and steam that way!

      xo, Kristen

  • Holly says:

    Is this cheese allowed on the 6 week program to put on veggies or to add to a dish

  • Tracey says:

    Hi Kristen! If I don’t have a high powdered blender, do I need to soak the almonds first? Also, what’s your sauce to pasta ratio? Thanks!

  • Jenny Thayer says:

    Can you drink any wine on the Nutritarian plan?

  • Kathalene L Johnston says:

    Hi my sauce didn’t blend real good and didn’t heat up I the blender. I used a Ninja blender on high speed.

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Kathleen, so sorry to hear that! I’m not sure if the Ninja is considered a high speed blender but most of my sauce recipes are made with the Vitamix. You might want to let the cashews soak overnight if you try the cheese sauce again.