Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze: Two Ways



I have been dying to add butternut squash into my Mac ‘n Cheeze recipe ever since I featured Lou’s Macaroni Un-Cheese recipe in my Recipe Link Love last week. Butternut squash pureed into macaroni and cheese just sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn’t it? It is also a fun way to sneak in another veggie.


I also happen to love Butternut Squash, but I always forget to buy it at the grocery store, so this was a great reminder to buy one.


I ended up playing around with my original cheese sauce recipe and I made two versions, the second one I will be sharing with you today.


The first thing you do is peel and chop half of a Butternut Squash. Place it into a bowl and add a teaspoon of olive oil and some salt ‘n pepa!


Roast in the oven for 40 minutes at 425F, flipping once half way through baking. You can do this ahead of time if preferred.


Buttery squashy deliciousness!

While the squash is roasting, make your ‘cheeze sauce’ in the food processor. I adapted my original recipe quite a bit and I was really happy with the result. This cheeze sauce is also easier to make than the other version which is always nice.

Now, add the roasted squash into the cheeze sauce and process until smooth. It makes about 3.5 cups of sauce.


Cook your desired pasta. I used a full bag (~450 grams or 4.5 cups dry pasta) of Brown Rice Penne for the casserole option.


Drain the pasta and add in the cheese sauce. Depending on how much sauce you want, you might not use it all. I also added some peas and you can get creative with any kinds of mix-ins you want. Broccoli is also fantastic. You can also add a bit of non-dairy milk if the sauce thickens up too much.


At this point you can enjoy your pasta a couple ways:

1) Heat the mixture in the pot and serve immediately.

2) Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, top with breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

For my first trial, I baked it in the oven and for the second trial I enjoyed it heated up straight from the pot without baking. I think I like it straight from the pot because it isn’t as thick and heavy as the casserole.


If baking in the oven, add on your breadcrumbs.


After, 20-25 minutes you have a fun B’nut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze that will serve 3-4 people for a main course.


If you serve it straight from the pot, the great thing is that you can make only as much as you want. If you only want 1 serving of pasta, you can add as much sauce as you need and then store the rest in the fridge. I’m not sure how long the sauce keeps in the fridge (3-4 days would be my guess), but I’m sure the sauce recipe can also be halved too!



The first trial I made came out just OK (I think I used too much lemon juice and cashews), but Eric and I both enjoyed the second trial! You can’t really detect the butternut squash, but it does provide a nice flavour overall and I love getting in another vegetable. For the second trial, I reduced the lemon, cut the cashews in half, and adjusted the rest of my cheeze sauce ingredients.

I encourage you to adjust the sauce to your own taste buds because I find that vegan cheeze sauces are such a ‘personal preference’ kinda thing!


The casserole is fun, but I think for simplicity sake, I prefer heating it up in a pot and enjoying it immediately. I’m an instant gratification kinda gal when it comes to pasta.

Reno Talk

Thank you for your nice comments and suggestions on my home reno before and after post. :) A couple readers suggested that the living room would look great with Navy paint and I think that is a lovely idea! Navy and orange go together really nicely. I talked to Eric about it and he loved the idea too. I think we might use Navy walls with white trim for the living room. I have a feeling it might be tough to pick a shade of navy though. If anyone out there has a shade of navy paint they enjoy, I would love your suggestions!

Here are a few pictures I found for inspiration:


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We are also considering leaving the crown molding intact and painting over it + shaving the popcorn. We’ll have to see how it goes!


Oh, and I fell in love this this colour for our bathroom…it is called Lavender Lace by Para Paint.


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I love girly looking bathrooms.  I haven’t mentioned this paint idea to Eric yet…It might have to be one of those ‘Surprise! Look what I did while you were at work today!’ kinda jobs. ;)

PS- I am going through cupcake withdrawal today.

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1 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food March 10, 2011

What an amazing idea for mac n’ cheese!!!
I was also thinking a purple for our bathroom! It’s such a relaxing shade!


2 Katie March 10, 2011

I just bought nutritional yeast for the first time!! Can’t wait to try it!

Also, I have left you several pestering comments, but I am still dying to get the s’mores cake in jar recipe!! Looved the one you did post, but s’mores are definitely my favorite dessert


3 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I actually LOST that recipe and I tried to replicate it with a few failed attempts. :(


4 Katie March 10, 2011

Oh no!! haha, well thanks for letting me know….maybe I’ll attempt to replicate it one day once I become a bit better at veganizing recipes. Your blog is wonderful by the way! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing ideas!


5 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Hopefully some day I can make it again!! I miss it dearly…


6 Ashley March 10, 2011

That is SO funny…I was looking for your cake in a jar recipes and only found the apple one…haha


7 Tracy April 26, 2016

Hi – I am newly vegan and so far loving all of your dishes!! Can you tell me if I can freeze the mac & cheese sauce? Also can you point me in the direction of some kids friendly vegan recipes?

Thank you so much!


8 Angela Liddon May 3, 2016

Hi Tracy, I’ve had readers report that the sauce freezes and defrosts really well! If you try it, I’d love to hear how you find it goes, too. I’m drawing a huge blank on kid-friendly blog recipes right now … off the top of my head, I’d say my Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats and Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Frosting should go over well! Hope that helps a little. :)


9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 10, 2011

OH man. I would LOVE this.


10 Julie @ Shining From Within March 10, 2011

Mmmm! You could pretty much puree any veggie and stick it in this mac ‘n cheeze (maybe pumpkin?). I love that purple color it’s so pretty.
I’m in love with all things girly, especially in a bathoom where you have a big ‘ol bathtub and can light candles and just relax.
Please don’t tell me that’s your bathroom. I will be green with envy.


11 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I stole that pic from the website. ;)

I keep wondering how sweet potato puree would taste in this too!


12 Lara January 7, 2015

I’m going to try it with acorn squash for lunch! So excited! I love, love, love your blog :)


13 faith @ lovelyascharged March 10, 2011

Ange, you literally just opened up a whole new world for me. I’m thinking a mexican mac and cheese done with calabaza squash? Squash + mac is absolutely ingenious.

Even though I am not completely vegan, I do try to eat as few animal products as possible. Recipes like these remind me that eating what’s good for my body and the planet doesn’t have to mean bowl after bowl of raw veggies and brown rice – love the innovation!


14 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Mexican mac n cheese is genius!! Let me know if you make it, I would love to see what you come up with.


15 Allison @ Food For Healing March 10, 2011

our bathroom is yellow, good choice? sort of, its kind of boring now, might need a change again, but i don’t think i could do purple, i would feel like my grandma or something.


16 Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh March 10, 2011

Butternut squash sounds amazing in Mac n cheese! Any way to add more veggies I am in! Oh and I love that bathroom! If my husband didn’t mind, we would have the most frilly Girly house…but he definitely minds hahah


17 [email protected] March 10, 2011

Ohh this mac and cheese looks amazing, I LOVE butternut squash in mac and cheese but have never tried it vegan, definitely will be making it this weekend, luckily I have everything on hand :) you are amazing!


18 [email protected] March 10, 2011

I really like guys night out im not sure if its too dark


19 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 10, 2011

I love!! I have been craving mac and cheese lately, you are actually a mind reader it’s fine.


20 Shanna March 10, 2011

Navy is a brilliant idea!

I just tried nutritional yeast for the first time last week and quite like it! Thanks for introducing us to it =)


21 Bridget March 10, 2011

Yum! I heart squash, but i’d never think of adding it to mac n cheese. Love the idea!

That is a beautiful colour for your bathroom. Very calming :)

I’m sending you the best wishes in overcoming your cupcake withdrawl. YOU CAN DO IT haha :P


22 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 10, 2011

This mac ‘n cheese looks scrumptious!! I loveee butternut squash!


23 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 10, 2011

Love this variation on vegan mac and cheese!


24 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 10, 2011

Mmmm… I’ve been using butternut squash in my mac and cheese for awhile (your recipe!) It’s SO good and makes it extra creamy! I cook up a whole squash and then freeze it individually chopped. Then when I’m cooking my noodles, I toss in some pieces until warm and then pop them into the blender!

Ekk.. i hope that make sense!!


25 Camille March 10, 2011

Your Mac and Cheese recipes always look incredible! *Drool*


26 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 10, 2011

This recipe sounds so so good.

And I think you’re right: surprise is best whenever pink or purple are involved. ;)


27 Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 10, 2011

I love your blue baking dish + green placement –> gorgeous photos!!!!

[And the recipe sounds delish too of course ;)]


28 Gen March 10, 2011

You take the BEST food pictures….”sigh” wish we had butternut squash here….=( or any yellow squash for that matter….
Anyway, that color that you like for your bathroom just so happens to be my FAVORITE color ever! its gorgeous!


29 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA March 10, 2011

Oh this looks sooooo good. I want to try it on zucchini pasta!


30 Caroline March 10, 2011

YUM!!! This looks soooo good. Do you happen to know the nutritional stats of it?

Thanks! :)


31 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Nope, sorry!


32 irmhild September 30, 2013

for nutritional values try ‘myfitnesspal.com’ just enter all the ingredients and adjust the amounts, either as a meal or a recipe, and it should tell you! but i have to say, I tried this sauce tonight, and i wouldn’t care how many calories it has! It was delicious and it’s all good calories! First attempt at a vegan cheesy sauce, impressed!


33 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 10, 2011

This recipe sounds AMAZING Ange! I am not a big cheese fan – despite not being vegan – and I think butternut squash is a fabulous addition! Love the bathroom colour too!


34 Nicole @ Fresh & Fit March 10, 2011

This looks incredible! I have made the cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese before and love it! I can’t wait to try this! I’ll have to add butternut squash to my shopping list! :)


35 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I haven’t tried it with cauliflower before! Sounds fun. Do you just cook it and then puree it, similar to the squash?


36 Nicole @ Fresh and Fit March 11, 2011

Nope, I chop the cauliflower up real small and cook it with the macaroni. Its a good way to trick my fiance into eating more veggies. He can’t tell the difference. :)


37 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious March 10, 2011

I spied this recipe on your Recipe Link the other day

I love butternut squash & Mac N Cheese so this recipe is definitely for me.

Navy is a great idea for your living room – can’t wait to see if you decide to go with it! I love dark colours with white trim.


38 Namaste Gurl March 10, 2011

This looks naughty, but yet oh so amazing. I’d love to make this sometime soon- butternut squash alfredo looks right up my alley! You are one creative chica :)


39 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living March 10, 2011

I’ve made both sweet potato and pumpkin versions of mac & cheese (non-vegan), and a butternut squash version has been on my list for a while now. I haven’t loved vegan mac & cheeses that I’ve tried in the past, but this one looks fantastic! I will definitely try this out on a night that my husband has a dinner meeting or is out of town for business – he’s not a squash fan like I am ;).


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I can’t wait to try sweet potato!


41 JL Goes Vegan March 10, 2011

I should not read this so close to lunch — I want THIS.

The blue and green combination in your photos is stunning!


42 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 10, 2011

This just blew my mind. I’m putting it on my spreadsheet for next week’s dishes for sure! I think sweet potato would be awesome in it too. You could even swirl in some spinach for a little green!

Have you looked at Pottery Barn’s paint colors? Love their palette and they go on really well.


43 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 10, 2011

This looks amazing. We eat your Vegan Alfredo about once per week so this would be a nice way to mix it up a little bit. I recently bought my first tub of Nutritional Yeast and I am in LOVE :)

I think navy paint is a great choice!


44 Kathleen March 10, 2011

Ooh I love the navy idea for the living room. My favourite shade is the last inspiration picture you posted. I think the first is pretty but awfully dark and could end up making your space look really small. The bathroom colour looks pretty too. I’m excited to see what you end up with! :)


45 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan March 10, 2011

We painted one wall in our kitchen/dining area a similar color to the navy in the second photo. I loved it. It has since been re-painted a soft yellow because I feel the need to change paint colors quite often.
I’m having serious cravings for the butternut squash mac’n’cheeze now. I need to make some right away! It looks wonderful.


46 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 10, 2011

Wow! Looks fantastic! :D


47 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 10, 2011

Wow! Looks fantastic! :D


48 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe March 10, 2011

Oh man, I love baked mac n’ cheese. Sounds great to use a creamy butternut squash sauce.


49 Sam (the neurotic yogini) March 10, 2011

Now I have a serious hankering for mac’n’cheeze… :)


50 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 10, 2011

This looks fantastic! If you keep the sauce separately, how many servings to you think it makes?


51 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) March 10, 2011

I am SO making this soon!! I have serious mac’n cheese cravings right now!! :P


52 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 10, 2011

Mmmm….love the looks of that. It’s been too long since I had butternut!

This is kind of random, but how old is your house? I’m guessing it’s Victorian era? I ask because my parents’ house is from the 1860s, and they’ve considered getting rid of the crown molding ceiling decor in order to install overhead lighting, but we had a guy come look at it and say that those features actually increase the value of the house if they’re original. Just a thought!


53 zoe (and the beatles) March 10, 2011

yum yum yum! all your pasta recipes leave me so hungry! especially this one :)! love the blue casserole pan, by the way. so cute!


54 Erin March 10, 2011

This mac n cheese sounds so good! I love the idea of adding butternut squash. I bet a spicy version would be really good too (if you’re into that sort of thing), with jalapenos or roasted poblanos…kinda like a pepperjack sort of flavor?


55 Roz March 10, 2011

LOVE the idea of pureeing the squash into the sauce. I’ve stirred chunks of squash into my mac and cheese before, and it was good, but I like your idea better. Thanks as always for the stellar recipe.


56 Ruth March 10, 2011

Your dishes are gorgeous! The color is just so bright and cheery. Where did you get them? All I have (for now) is hand-me-down plain dishes.

This recipe looks delicious too. Now if only I can convince my boyfriend to try it…


57 Jamie March 10, 2011

I love the idea of navy and orange!
However, don’t go too dark – my room used to be navy and I had huge windows so it worked well with the sun, but if it’s took dark it may be depressing, especially next to your orange!
I vote the second or third navy pictures your posted – the first one I think is too dark.
Just something to think about!

Also, I agree with the lavender colour – it just makes you feel so clean and shiny!


58 Jenny- About a Girl March 10, 2011

Seriously that dish looks delicious! Yet another Oh She Glows recipe to add to the “Must Try” list! Yum!


59 Caitie @ The Caitie Experiment March 10, 2011

AHHH!! I’ve been making a pasta-butternut squash casserole that my M-I-L sent me the recipe from for one of her Weight Watchers files, and while it’s one of my favorite dishes (I swapped out all of the gross, plasticky, fat-free ingredients for the real deal, although I kept the whole wheat pasta), I’ve never even thought to include mashed squash in regular mac n cheese! You’re a genius! I wonder how it would be with a little bit of curry powder and cumin added… if I have the ingredients at home, I’ll try to find out!


60 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 10, 2011

I love butternut squash AND mac n’ cheese! Yum!

And I love the navy paint idea!


61 Lesley Lifting Life March 10, 2011

Yum!! Butternut squash mac n cheese is an amazing idea, I can just imagine how delicious that would have tasted :)


62 my little celebration March 10, 2011

WOW, I have been seeing alternative Mac n Cheese recipes pop up everywhere and this one definitely seems worth trying! How does the taste match up to regular mac n cheese?


63 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

We do find it very similar as a cross between an alfredo and mac n cheese sauce. My mom likes it better than her own mac and cheese casserole!
It is totally a personal preference thing though. Ive tried many vegan mac and cheeze recipes that I found were off. I think it is good to add the ingredients slowly and keep tasting until you find something that works for you taste buds!
This recipe above is my favourite so far.


64 Michelle | gold-hearted girl March 10, 2011

I’m making this tonight! I’ve had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for a couple weeks just begging to be used. Here’s my recipe! Thanks!


65 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 10, 2011

I have a great shade of navy on our master walls – I will take pictures and email you it later!


66 Kelly March 10, 2011

I think the lighter navy blues would be better for the room, depending on the size. Especially, if you live in a climate that has a lot of grey days…it may make you feel hemmed in and claustrophobic, you know? A lighter shade may brighten it up and make it look bigger, too. Dark shades SHRINK a room like nothing else. I love the home renos you have done so far, so I’m sure the living room will look equally fantastic, regardless.


67 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy March 10, 2011

What an amazing way to use butternut squash–I have to try this!


68 Ashley March 10, 2011

What a great idea! Love the navy for the living room. I would just suggest for going with something on the lighter end of navy, because at night it will seem even darker than you wanted, plus it’ll make the room look smaller the lighter you go.


69 maria March 10, 2011

Thanks for posting a butternut recipe. I love butternut squash but I’m always at a loss for how to prepare it. BTW, I love your blue baking dish!!! Where is this from?


70 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

thanks! its from epicure selections http://www.epicureselections.com/en/


71 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 10, 2011

I have all the ingredients, and have been staring at them for a week just wondering how I should begin to put it all together. This looks like the place to start fo’ sho’! Thank you! : )


72 Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) March 10, 2011

This looks amazing. I’ve never tried butternut squash but I’ve heard good things!

I loveee the dishes you used for the mac n cheeze! Such a pretty color! Where did you get them, they are gorgeous!


73 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Thanks! Blue bowl is from Pier 1 and the blue casserole is from Epicure Selections.


74 Beach Bum Beauty March 10, 2011

I always roast the butternut squash in it’s skin, it’s then really easy to remove as it seems to fall away from the skin. Saves all the chopping and peeling :-)

P.S. Love the second colour blue – it’s really energising.


75 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen March 10, 2011

Ohh – this looks awesome!


76 Richelle March 10, 2011

As soon as I get some nutritional yeast, cashews and a butternut squash I am going to make this recipe. It looks great! I love that you guys go with bold paint colors.


77 Clare @ Fitting It All In March 10, 2011

I have cashews soaking and butternut squash to use up…this recipe was made for me today!! Is the cashew sauce you gave the one with the cashews already reduced? Or did you end up halving the amount of cashews from that recipe?


78 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

The one I posted is the amount I used for trial 2 (3/4 cups) sorry for the confusion!


79 Odette @ theonlyplanetwithchocolate March 10, 2011

That looks absolutely delicious! I keep meaning to buy squash to make a recipe I love from The Kind Diet, but now I think I’ll buy even more and try this one out too :)

And such a nice colour for the bathroom- I like girly bathrooms too! The boyfriend….not such a fan of them!


80 Emily March 10, 2011

That mac and cheeze looks amazing :) I have to try cheeze sauce one of these days…I bought the cashews to try it but haven’t gotten around to makeing it…this looks like a good reason! Oh, and I love the navy!


81 Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) March 10, 2011

I have got to try this…..I forget about Mac N cheese until you post something yummy like this :)


82 Baking 'n' Books March 10, 2011

Y’know I just realized that I never flip my squash when I roast it…I should do that.

Especially since I eat it, uh, daily. I’m going to be orange. Or yellow.

I think Mac N Cheese you can add any type of veggie really. Just make it and add spinach, broccoli, squash, etc.


83 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 10, 2011

Lavender for the bathroom would be perfect!! Growing up, my mother is a huge huge lavender fan and TONS of my childhood house memories are of lavender and floral prints, Laura Ashley circa 1985 type stuff…and even tho it may look 1985 now,the color palate of lavender and white I think is just so pretty and I think lav would rock for your lav :)

Anyway the mac n cheeze…the sauce looks wonderful. Cashews and nooch, cannot go wrong there!

I love the blue bowl you photographed it in; just highlights the mac so well!

Also I featured your cupcake recipe yesterday in a post of mine and everyone raved about your last cupcakes. Not that you didn’t get rave reviews on your own post, but you got them on my site too. Everyone loved those cupcakes :)


84 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Thank you!!!! You are a sweetie!


85 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 10, 2011

I love love love butternut squash but my husband is a squash hater :( I’ll have to see if he can detect it cause I so want to try this. Instant from the pot for me too!


86 AGS March 11, 2011

You should give it a try. My husband also eats squash to be polite, and likewise is not a fan of beans. I love both. I discovered that I could make a great chili variation using both purreed beans and squash that we both loved.

Squash in mac&cheese could go over just as well in your household!


87 Ashley March 10, 2011

Give me that BLUE DISH right now!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love. The mac n cheese looks outstanding…you know I love this recipe and the butternut squash sounds perfect. I bet you could also make a version that isn’t as garlicky, but adding a little nutmeg to the mix! yummm


88 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 10, 2011

This looks so good–I’m drooling over here. I’m also in love with your bright blue dish. So pretty!


89 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 10, 2011

i love looking at vegan mac n cheese recipes as a way of making mine healthier for the kids I nanny! of course, i need a bit of cheese to trip them, you know they have very sophisticated palates ;)


90 Angela (the diet book junkie) March 10, 2011

oh wow, i want that bathroom! (especially the bathtub.) as strange as it sounds, bathtubs are harder to come by in Sydney, our apartments are smaller because real estate is so expensive. one day though, old fashioned bathtub is the dream…sigh… :)


91 Suzanne March 10, 2011

Hi Angela! I live in Georgetown so we are almost neighbours especially compared to where many of your readers live! I love seeing your home reno projects. I am imagining that your house is possibly a Century home and looks like you’re out in the countryside of Halton Hills. Any chance we can see some outside shots of your lovely home?


92 Misty March 10, 2011

Looks yummy!!! love the blue dish! Love the photo’s!

LOVE the idea of using NAVY! GO FOR IT!


93 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 10, 2011

I love this idea! Gorgeous photos too!


94 Ally (oatsandspice) March 10, 2011

OH WOW! Talk about mouth-watering pics – I need to make this!


95 Clare March 10, 2011

Hi Angela-
I cannot tell you how much I love your blog. It is beautiful and innovative. I have one *completely* off the subject query for you. I am a yoga teacher and vegan in the United States, and an animal rightish type of gal. Being from the US, I am so heartbroken every year when the Canada Seal Hunt season begins, as it is in a few days. (Not that we don’t have a bjillion awful animal rights violations in the US, we certainly do!) But I wondered, as a vegan, Canadian blogger with a powerful web presence, would you ever do a post on animal rights, and talking about the Seal Hunts, and what, both Canadians and Americans could possibly do to call attention to the seal slaughter and hopefully end it someday very soon.
Thank you for listening and considering, and for your lovely blog.
Clare @ thevegini.com


96 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I have planned on writing something about this for a while now, thanks for mentioning this.


97 Moni'sMeals March 10, 2011

wow! really…this is a must try. I have everything too, yippee!

RENOS looking so good!


98 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 10, 2011

oh this dish looks delightful!


99 Alexa @ Simple Eats March 10, 2011

This looks delish! Does it have a “squash-like” taste? Or does it taste actually cheesy?


100 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

I didnt really detect the squash (I find it blends into it very well)…it mostly provides a nice savoury and thick texture. It is a bit hard to describe but I love it!


101 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life March 10, 2011

Now I want mac n’ cheeze. I will definitely have to try this one!


102 kaila @ healthy helper! March 10, 2011

I love vegan cheese sauces! They are versatile and dare I say…BETTER than real cheese! I make mine with hummus and nutritional yeast! Yummy!


103 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 10, 2011

I love collecting home pictures for inspiration! :D And by conicidence, I have a butternut squash sitting on my shelf right now. I’m excited to try it soon!


104 (what runs) Lori March 10, 2011

OH deliciousness! I love all things squash… so this is absolutely no exeption!


105 Paige @Running Around Normal March 10, 2011

Girl, that look so delicious!! I bet the squash tastes fab in the mac n cheeze :)


106 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 10, 2011

I love butternut squash too, but I absolutely hate cutting and peeling them! Sometimes I’m really tempted just to buy the pre-cut kind. :P

Those navy rooms are gorgeous. I say go for the navy!


107 Katie March 10, 2011

I bet you could make this without the cashews for those with nut allergies or who can’t afford the raw cashews – just use extra butternut.

Also, a tip about roasting the squash. You can roast it whole, just pirce it a few times with a fork, and then you don’t have to risk chopping off your fingers with the really hard raw butternut! That’s how I always cook them when I am going to puree them. They still get that roasted flavor – just cook until the skins are nice and browned. The skin just peels right off!


108 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

That is a great idea!


109 Stephany March 10, 2011


I love your blogs! You are so inspiriing I love to see what you make and all of your awesome photos.

I am looking for whole grain salads like your Back on Track Wheat Berry Salad. We loved it! I realize your not taking requests :), but if you have any resources it would be great to know.


110 [email protected] March 10, 2011

Looks just like a regular mac n cheese! coool~this sounds yummy right now. Don’t know why, but I’m craving creaminess today :D And awesome house photos!


111 Audrey March 10, 2011

Oh, that turquoise casserole is so pretty and bright! I love how it looks in contrast to the orange mac and cheeze.

I think the navy is a great idea! I just know with that color you have to be careful about the shade/gauge the amount of natural light so the room doesn’t end up looking like a cave! I like the idea of leaving the crown molding on the ceiling. I think that would be really elegant and interesting if you painted over it. It’s those details that add uniqueness to a home, in my opinion. I’m loving all the reno updates!


112 jodye @ 'scend food March 10, 2011

What a great idea! This will definitely be a great spin to put on my regular mac n’ cheeze. It doesn’t hurt that butternut squash is my number two favorite vegetable ever!


113 Hannah March 10, 2011

I’ve never made any kind of mac n cheese/cheeze in my life (it’s not a common dish here in Australia), but I really will have to try this soon. It looks INSANE.


114 Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude March 10, 2011

Made it- SO DARN TASTEY!!!!! LOVE.


115 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

Glad you enjoyed it!!!

If you have any sauce leftover….I used some mixed into my tomato barley risotto tonight and it was TO DIE FOR!!!!!!! I’ll be blogging about it soon, but just wanted to let you know!


116 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit March 10, 2011

There was a sale on rice pasta a couple of months ago at our local superstore. I got a little too excited and bought 30 bags. They were $1.50 each. How could I not? Anyways, I have pasta coming out of my ears and this recipe looks DELICIOUS! I’ll have to give it a try!

I think navy is a perfect color choice and I’m loving the lavender color as well.


117 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011



118 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 10, 2011

Oh I love me some vegan mac and cheese! I created a really easy recipe last week and it was so good.. I used to to squash in my kids mac and cheese way back when… wow.. time flies when I think about it


119 Cristy @ bottegalyla.com March 10, 2011

I need Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheeze in my life. This looks so delicious. I also think I need Avocado Cream pasta in my life….I’m thinking, maybe I should have a Mardi Gras re-do and name it “Pasta-Fest 2011: Inspired by Oh She Glows.”

*searches cabinets for ingredients…


120 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

haha Pasta Fest…love it!


121 Amber K March 10, 2011

That bathroom is beautiful!! I don’t know if my husband woudl let me do that, lol.

Hmm…I’m skeptical about this recipe. I hate all things squash-related, but if you can’t fully detect it I might be game ;)


122 Cara Craves... March 10, 2011

Great Mac and Cheese recipe!

I agree that the navy would look great with your bright orange walls. Good complimentary colours.


123 Red Deception March 10, 2011

That looks amazingly delicious! I love butternut squash and have been craving cheese lately. Once I get my hands on some butternut squash I am making this!


124 Zestful Lou March 10, 2011

Thanks for linking this to my recipe! I’m glad you liked the idea!!! I feel so special!


125 Dayanna March 10, 2011

Yum! I made this for dinner and added broccoli and peas when I baked it. Also, threw in some rutabaga with the butternut. My non-vegan mother loved it (and me too!). I was so proud at my first attempt at vegan Mac n cheese :)
… Your reno’s look so fun an fab! Lavender is love!


126 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 10, 2011

whohoo!!! Great job. Thanks for the feedback!


127 Lindsey March 10, 2011

I love navy! It’s the color i picked for my wedding. It’s very royal looking. We painted a color from Sherwin Williams (do you have any around you?) its called Bungle house Blue. It’s so beautiful and rich feeling. I love picking out colors! Have fun picking one out!


128 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 10, 2011

Navy is a GREAT choice!!!!


129 marla {family fresh cooking} March 10, 2011

Butternut squash or the sweet potato puree would both be awesome in this Mac n Cheese. Love the vegan take – the cashews give all the creaminess a girl could need.
Love navy & orange together. xo


130 loftyappetite March 10, 2011

I love love love this idea!!! I’m always looking for healthier spins on comfort foods. Thanks for sharing!


131 Kaleigh March 10, 2011

Your original Mac n’ Cheeze recipe is by far my most favourite “Oh She Glows” recipe! I make it all the time. Since I only make it for myself (i refuse to share!) I divide the sauce mixture in to 1 cup amounts and freeze it. It defrosts really well! I also use smoked paprika, which kind of gives it a smoky taste that reminds me of hot dogs and macaroni I had as a kid! When I am feeling particularly naughty, I sprinkle some daiya shreds over it (only if I have decided to splurge on it, it’s soy-free – but still a very processed item)….can you tell i make this often?

I can’t wait to try it with butternut squash and broccoli mixed in! Thanks for the update!


132 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 11, 2011

wow that is great!
Just curious- what type of container do you freeze the sauce in?


133 Kaleigh March 11, 2011

i use pyrex glass containers, They often go on sale at Canadian Tire – last time they did I picked up 3 sets. You could always use tupperware I’m sure – but I wouldn’t microwave them to defrost.


134 glidingcalm March 11, 2011

that looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i will have to try this recipe asap!! :)



135 Marit March 11, 2011

If you wanna save yourself some work on the whole cutting and dicing of the squash, i would reccomend the following:
Halve and scoop out the seeds, score the cut surface and sprinkle with salt and olive oil. roast for 30 minutes and scoop out lots of lovely soft squash.
I often avoid buying the squash coz of the dreaded cutting.



136 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 11, 2011

Thanks! Will add to directions


137 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 11, 2011

I can’t believe that you used Butternut Squash in your Mac and Cheese!!! And of course it is vegan!!! I can have this! YAY! :D



138 Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner March 11, 2011

I will definitely give this a try! I’ve been trying to be better about eliminating dairy from my diet (I’m lactose intolerant) and while I never use regular milk, I still want things like mac ‘n cheese from time to time. I can handle a small amount of dairy, but a scoop of mac ‘n cheese is really too much for my poor tummy. So excited about this recipe!


139 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 11, 2011

awesome recipes! I saved it under my favorites to try soon! .. I linked back to you blog on my post today :)


140 vivien @ the eclectic life March 11, 2011

amazing recipes and great blog! thanks so much for sharing this recipe. my husband and i love butternut squash so we’ll definitely be trying this out!


141 Natasha March 11, 2011

I would definitely leave the crown molding as is, and paint over it the same colour as the ceiling. It adds so much character and interst to the room. And I love the navy living room in the first pic! Your renos are coming along beautifully!


142 Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com March 12, 2011

Angela, this is beautiful. The photos, the presentation, everything looks delicious! Love that pop of blue!


143 Steph March 12, 2011

Angela, your beautiful bakeware has me green (cerulean?) with envy! Where did you get those adorable blue bakers? Their easy-grab handles, color, and the fact they come with lids are all features I’ve been trying to find in a nice shallow baker. (Why are there so many casserole dishes in this world WITHOUT LIDS??) Thank you for everything — your blog brightens my life in countless ways.


144 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2011

Thanks Steph! The casserole dish is from Epicure Selections (online) and the bowl is from Pier 1.


145 carol March 13, 2011

i made this butternut squash mac tonite – i couldn’t stop my normally disciplined finger from dipping into the cheeze. This is not my first time trying to make a cheeze sauce with nutritional yeast – but this is my first time loving it! We poured over spiral pasta and the 3 of us, husband, 2 year old boy, and i gobbled it up. all of it…THANKS!!


146 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2011

that’s great you all enjoyed it!


147 Himes March 13, 2011

Decided to make this for dinner Friday night for my husband and sister. Then found out we were having a couple friends over! I was a little worried about trying a new dish out with company (and non-vegetarians at that!), but this dish was loved by all. We’ll be making again and again!!

Thank you!


148 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2011

wow I would have been scared too! haha…that’s so great everyone enjoyed it!


149 Karen March 13, 2011

I made this dish yesterday and I absolutely loved it. I went out today and bought more cashews and nooch so that I can make it again or try your vegan alfredo sauce. Thanks Angela!


150 Amanda March 13, 2011

This recipe is absolutely delicious! I added some fresh spinach as an add-in and it made an amazing meal. Thank you Angela!!


151 Katie Gibbs March 13, 2011

I made this for dinner tonight and it was very good! I also managed to make the recipe even easier by just cutting the squash in half and roasting it! Check it out: http://www.notyourparentsgranola.ca/2011/03/14/butternut-mac-and-cheese-with-italian-sausages/


152 Charlotte (weekendssosweet.com) March 13, 2011

YUM! Just made this for dinner with whole wheat shells and it was SOOOO good. Took your advice and added some peas. The hubby liked it with hot sauce.
Good stuff!


153 Rhea March 14, 2011

I made this recipe TWICE this weekend- once with gluten free penne, once with veggie spirals (so vibrant)! I omitted the mustard and added pinches of chili powder and nutmeg. I love nutmeg in white sauces. Mmmmm. This is going to be a staple in my house, it’s just a shame (well, almost) that winter’s cozy meals are almost over!


154 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2011

glad you enjoyed it…I’ll have to try it with nutmeg too!


155 Helen @ porcelinatweets.wordpress.com March 14, 2011

Hi, I live in the UK and it’s not easy to find Nutritional yeast here, I am not vegan but love the idea of your cheese free (or just limited) Mac and Cheeze, any idea of a substitute on the yeast. I am not opposed to parmesan, would that work? x


156 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2011

Hi Helen, Unfortunately I dont know of a sub for nutritional yeast. I know you can find it online for purchase if it is not in stores. I’m not sure if parm. cheese would work. Goodluck!


157 Caity March 15, 2011

I saw this recipe featured on fitsugar yesterday and HAD to run home and try it. This was my first attempt at homemade “cheese” sauce and I was absolutely thrilled by the results. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, your creativity in the kitchen is truly motivational!


158 Leslie Paquette March 15, 2011

I made this last night and it was awesome!! I actually think I preferred the leftovers today. I made it with whole wheat elbows and omited the salt and added 1 tsp of white miso instead. I also added a bunch of chopped steamed broccoli. I made the casserole option…pure comfort food, yum. Thanks for another great recipe!!

I think I may have already asked this, but I’m just curious why you “close” comments on past recipes? I always like to comment if I make something but can’t if I make an older recipe. If I have a question about a recipe that I can’t comment on should I comment about it on the current blog post? ~Leslie


159 The Food Placebo March 16, 2011

This is my first time EVER commenting on a food blog (recently started a food blog just for fun..very much of a newbie/amateur). BUT, I made with Tri-colored Quinoa Pasta and mixed in Broccoli and Cauliflower and topped with Cayenne Pepper (I love spice!) and baked as a casserole. Paired with Lemon Mushroom Kale with Sweet Bits. DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’m trying to do all Gluten Free and Dairy Free recipes due to recent food allergies and you have a great selection!



160 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2011

yay! That is awesome!


161 Gloria March 16, 2011

I made this tonight. Yum! Thank you for the recipe :)


162 cindy/mijorecipes March 17, 2011

That’s a really creative idea for a mac n cheese macaroni! Loved it! I added broccoli too! I will be making it soon again :P


163 Lindsey March 18, 2011

I made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe!
– Lindsey


164 Hannah March 23, 2011

Hi Angela, I read your blog all the time but have never commented but there’s a first time for everything! I saw this recipe and just knew I would love the flavours but I just wanted a side nit a main dish. You have to try the amazing-ness that is this recipe as “cheesy mash” ie the lemon, garlic, nooch, mustard, salt, pepper, herbs and butternut mashed all yummy and comfortingly together! Mmmmmm
Thank you on behalf of my tastebuds x


165 T March 24, 2011

Do you ever roast your squash seeds? I LOVE roasted squash seeds. I actually prefer them instead of the squash, ha ha.


166 Raeann April 7, 2011

I made this last night. Sooo delish! I had to eat it for breakfast this morning :)


167 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 7, 2011



168 Raychel April 23, 2012

I LOVE this recipe so much! Do you think I could use canned butternut squash puree to make it now (since butternut squash aren’t in season anymore, it’s kind of hard to find them).


169 Courtney May 24, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We just started our vegan journey and we have milk, soy AND gluten allergies. This was THE most delicious ” cheese” I have ever tried. My little ones devoured it, NO CLUE it wasn’t the “real” stuff. Oh! And the bread crumbs ( gluten free of course) were so perfect on top. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!


170 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 24, 2012

So glad to hear that Courtney!


171 Claudia June 12, 2012

thank you so much for this recipe! i’ve been dairy-free for over a year now, but cheese replacement recipes always sort of scared me. however, now thanks to you, i am a changed woman. even my dairy-loving family members were flipping over this dish. i’m definitely adding this to my regular repertoire. :)
oh, i stirred in some halved cherry tomatoes before baking, and it was delicious!


172 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2012

I love the idea of cherry tomatoes…I’ll have to try that. So glad you all enjoyed it!


173 Jill July 5, 2012

Hey Angela, I know that this post is over a year old but I’m a new vegan, and I’m also attempting to get into shape with very hard workouts, and as such I’m really struggling to get my protein. Do you think I could add some silken tofu into the cheeze mixture for added protein or do you think that it will overwhelm the flavors too much? Some input would be greatly appreciated!


174 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Hey Jill, I can’t see why not! I would start with a small amount and taste as you go. Let me know how it turns out!


175 Jill July 7, 2012

Wow! So I just finished eating it, and it was great. I added about 1/4lb of tofu into the sauce, and I even threw in some pre-cooked left over quinoa, which was never to be seen or tasted again. Thank you so much!

Ps. When I cut open the squash, the seeds had sprouted inside of it. How interesting!


176 Foodforthoughtlinds September 10, 2012

oooh…. love the idea of the tofu and quinoa. My husband is diabetic, so this will make it a better family dish for us!


177 Kristen August 1, 2012

I tried this exact recipe the other night for my husband and I and it was very yummy! It did seem to be lacking that little zingy pop though…it needed something to make it a little more flavorful. I added more salt and that helped a lot. Any suggestions on what to add to help? The nutritional yeast is a great addition, btw. I used it for the first time in this recipe and LOVED it! I’m a huge fan now. :) Thanks for the recipes and keep blogging away!


178 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2012

Hey Kristen, Great suggestion – what about adding a touch of tahini or white miso? I’ve seen both used in vegan mac n cheeze recipes before, but I havent tried it yet myself. Let me know if you try it out!


179 Foodforthoughtlinds September 10, 2012

Just made this and I’m pretty sure my picky 2 year old is gonna gobble it up!! Do you think I could mix the sauce in with the noodles and then freeze some of it afterwards?


180 Emily September 23, 2012

Just made this for dinner tonight. It’s delicious. It was my first time using nutritional yeast. I am a new fan for sure. Thanks for posting :)


181 Radhika Sarohia October 7, 2012

Didn’t realize there were two butternut squash macaroni and cheese recipe on the site, this one has cashews (I didn’t read the other post carefully, I see you linked to this one there.)
Will be trying this cheeze sauce soon too and comparing the two as I just bought another butternut squash again :-)


182 lori November 3, 2012

What brand/where did you get those blue serving dishes in the picture with the mac n cheese? They’re so cute!


183 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 4, 2012

Hey Lori! Im sorry I dont remember where they are from! My guess would be pier 1 or crate and barrel. :)


184 Katelyn November 5, 2012

Made this tonight. It was great! Going vegan has been made so much easier by your blog. Thank you!


185 Delphine December 11, 2012

I tried this recipe tonight, unfortunately it wasn’t a big hit!
I pretty much liked it but my family found it a bit sweet, maybe my butternut squash was overly sweet..


186 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2012

Im sorry to hear that Delphine! I think a few others have mentioned it’s a bit sweet so I will have to revisit the recipe sometime. I’m glad you enjoyed it though.


187 Ashley February 10, 2013

Hey just wanted to let you know I made this sauce before and it was fabulous. I was halfway through making it yesterday in preparation for dinner when *gasp* I realized I was almost out of pasta….so I whipped up some pizza dough and used the cheeze sauce in place of tomato sauce. It was delicious :)


188 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2013

love that idea!


189 Christine February 26, 2013

I made this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it! We both were big mac and cheese lovers before we went vegan. It had a definite comfort food vibe to it. We love the bread crumbs on it as well. Great recipe and I plan to make this for my carnivore loving parents to get them to see vegan food tastes amazing as well. Thank you!


190 Kelsey February 26, 2013

I have yet to purchase nutritional yeast. I’ve tried the grocers around here but none have it! So I will definitely be ordering online in the near future. However, in the meantime, I did google substitutes for nutritional yeast and found a couple postings on pine nuts. I toasted them first then pureed them in the blender with the cashews and other ingredients and it was very good! I used a little extra squash so it wouldn’t be too “nutty” and the family loved it. I can’t wait to try it with some nutritional yeast though! Thank you for sharing all of this with us. It is a big help to all of us vegans who are still “foodies” ;) keep up the good work!!


191 Maria March 13, 2013

Hey! Last night I made this recipe but added steamed broccoli. It was wonderful! My husband rated it a 10 for the best macaroni and cheese recipe he’s had. I really loved it too. I’m excited that it can be made low-fat. Thank you for sharing!


192 Tanja April 10, 2013

Made the Mac’n Cheese two nights ago for dinner and must say, it’s almost a little ridiculous how good that sauce is! Today marks my first month of being vegan, and thanks to recipes like this one (and many others from your blog) it’s been incredibly easy. Can’t wait for your cookbook!


193 Nicole April 29, 2013

This dish was a amazing! Thanks for sharing! For the bread crumbs I used sourdough (which gave the dish a whole lot of flavor), added sliced zucchini and a little sprinkle of vegan cheese on the top( gave it a lite creamy sensation). Yum yum!


194 tiffini May 25, 2013

this has become our favorite meal! i am making a bunch of sauce now so my SO can just make up some noodles whenever he gets hungry :)


195 DianaS June 7, 2013

Do you happen to know the nutrition facts for this? Loved it BTW!


196 Barbara August 11, 2013

My husband loved this. We added broccoli, corn, and a small amount of pumpkin seeds. We will be having this again. Thanks!


197 Susan August 14, 2013

Hi! What do you guys think of replacing some of the pasta with chopped up baked white potatoes? i know that sounds sorta weird, but I have a lot of digestive issues with gf pasta (GF for medical reasons) but REALLLLY miss mac & chz! Also, how important is the nooch? (issues with that too). i know… trying to change this recipe a lot, but it looks SO DELICIOUS!


198 Simplehiccup September 12, 2013

I absolutely love that this recipe does not use oil. It is delicious, healthy and decadent. I have tried it twice: once with Butternut Squash and once with Patty Pan Squash- both times were outstanding!


199 colette September 17, 2013

just made this tonight, excellent. thank you


200 Tea Stars September 20, 2013

I’ve been drooling over your mac and cheese pictures for over a year and am soooo glad I have finally tried this recipe! My husband was very skeptical, but horray! he loved it too.
I always try to follow the recipe exactly the first time but ended up using almost the whole squash as it shrunk so much when roasted. However it turned out a bit thick so next time I’d just add more almond milk. Or less squash… but the squash is so so good. Thank you for the great recipe!


201 Laura November 2, 2013

Made this last night, and it was so delicious! Used quinoa/corn pasta. Added peas and several dashes of cayenne pepper. It is definitely one of my favorite mac ‘n cheese recipes! :) Can’t wait until your cookbook is released!


202 Franzi November 15, 2013

Just made this for me and my dairy-loving family. They really loved it, even though the sauce went a bit dry as I put it in the oven. I’ll just add some more milk next time. I also put in some brussels sprouts chopped in halves and it was AMAZING.
I really love cheese and at first I was very skeptical whether this would really please my taste buds but it DEFINITELY did!
Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe! :)


203 Melissa November 26, 2013

Could you make this for Thanksgiving a head of time and warm in the slow cooker?


204 Gina December 19, 2013

Do you think it would work to make this up the night before then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake the next day??


205 Rebecca Rip January 2, 2014

LOVE butternut squash – can’t wait to try this recipe out over the weekend!


206 Laura January 15, 2014

Just here to leave another glowing review! This is fantastic…. Though it might not have been the best thing that I ate it for four meals straight…. =P


207 Syd February 11, 2014

I’m eating this recipe as I write this review because it’s that good. I did the version where you don’t bake it like a casserole. I used the refrigerated/pre-packaged butternut squash from Trader Joe’s. Although I didn’t measure out how much it was, it tastes like the right amount. Using this made the process much quicker because I was able to microwave it. You could probably steam fresh butternut squash too. The sauce tastes like it could be on the inside of ravioli! I put it on brown rice fusilli though. I also added sweet peas and steamed cauliflower. Delicious :)


208 Julie February 13, 2014

I made the vegan Mac and cheese for dinner, very yummy! Next time I think I will roast the garlic with the squash. Mine had a very strong garlic flavor that my kids weren’t crazy about. I loved it though!


209 Erin March 16, 2014

I am slowly transitioning to vegan. I eat 4 out of 7 days vegan. My husband is a good sport with the way I am learning to cook now. This came out awesome!! My hubby went back for seconds!!


210 Mary March 19, 2014

I would like to make this recipe for dinner but I don’t have any cashews on hand. Would it be possible to substitute another nut?


211 Jaik April 21, 2014

I just made this to freeze for camping with our vegan daughter-in-law. It’s very tasty! Thanks for the recipe!


212 Jenn May 29, 2014

What could I use as a cashew substitute? I didn’t see an option for nut free on this recipe?
Thanks in advance!


213 Frances July 19, 2014

I made this recipe today. I’m not vegan but I must say I would eat this and not miss regar Mac ever again. The butternut squash is genius!


214 Fiona August 14, 2014

I made this for dinner last night and it was really good. Next time I would save some time and use a jar of organic squash baby food, use less tumeric, add in peas, asparagus or broccoli and definitely add some fresh herbs or maybe even spice it up a bit. Great base sauce to build on and make your own, that’s for sure.


215 shana August 15, 2014

Any other substitute for cashews? I find that most “cheese” sauce use cashews, but my son is allergic. (pistachios too are a no no)….


216 Jessie December 28, 2015

I’m allergic to all nuts and have this problem, if you’ve found any alternatives I’d be very grateful to you if you let me know. Thank you :)


217 Gloria August 22, 2014

Is there a way to roast the squash without the tsp of oil?


218 john September 22, 2014

Awesome stuff! We added a can of green chilies and siriacha sauce. It was so good that our non-vegan friends liked it. This will be a staple at our house.


219 Margaret October 4, 2014

This looks delicious and is on my to-do list. I’m so glad your recipe works well eating from the pot rather than the oven. I rarely seem to use my oven except for baking cookies and other desserts. Which reminds me, I hope it’s ok to steam the squash rather than roast it without affecting the flavor adversely. Thanks so much..


220 Brian November 16, 2014

Just made this for dinner tonight and everybody loved.
Some hadn’t with the pasta. I cook a spaghetti squash with mine, very good indeed.


221 Megan Noel November 22, 2014

Just made your Mac and Cheese it was awesome, even better then the real thing. This will be a new addition to my veggie diet. Thank you


222 Melanie December 10, 2014

I love this recipe and was wondering if anyone has tried using this sauce to make a potato casserole?


223 Ellesha December 11, 2014

Just made this today. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Big hit with the fam too.


224 Patty February 3, 2015

Fantastic recipe! I made both versions, baked and not baked. I prefer the non-baked version as I found it to be less dry and you really taste the sauce, which is absolutely delicious. Thank you for all your incredible recipes! I am so happy I found your website back in October!


225 Manal February 17, 2015

I just want to tell you that I love your site. You make me hopeful that I can live a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing all the foods I love. I worked from home today because of the snow and wanted something comforting, so I give this recipe a go, and I am in HEAVEN. So freaking good. I’m bringing some in for my co-workers to try because they kept hearing about it on our call today lol. Thank you so much for always posting such amazing recipes.


226 lindsay March 19, 2015

I was interested in making this for my 2 year of son. At 9 months he was diagnosed with allergies to peanuts, wheat, soy, dairy and egg. I was told to avoid tree nuts as well. Any advice on how I can make this without cashews?


227 Jessie December 28, 2015

I have the exact same problem with nut and dairy allergies in my entire household, every vegan Mac and cheese recipe I’ve found requires cashews. I’m really hoping to find a substitute, if you’ve managed to find one anywhere could you please let me know? Thank you :) x


228 Megan June 23, 2015

I made this last night and for a non-vegan who LOVES Mac and cheese, it was so good. Even my husband liked it. I even switched out the pasta for quinoa. Thank you!


229 minervagirlie September 4, 2015

A hit. Everyone loved it. I added a whole bag of peas. Next time I will double up on the cheez just because it was sooo good. Thanks for a great recipe that will be a regular.


230 Tigerlilly September 13, 2015

Hi there!
I am very new to vegan cheeze and just made your recipe for butternut squash mac and cheese the first time. I measured exactly as you directed and found the taste to be a little chemically for lack of a better word. I have never used nutritional yeast before. . .is it possible this is where the taste came from? I am prepared to try again– however the first batch was not a success.
thanks for posting such interesting recipes.


231 Lizzie December 3, 2015

A disclaimer that my family is not vegan; I’m newly lactose intolerant, and we’re trying to make some healthier choices.
I just made this dish (from the pot) for the family (minus the turmeric–couldn’t find it in my cupboard; I also roasted the butternut squash w/o peeling first, as others have suggested). I liked it and I think it tasted better the 2nd night. I may cut the nutritional yeast to 6 tablespoons next time–the 5 year old and hubby were so-so on it. He (no word of a lie) ended up melting a slice of processed cheese over top of it. Shudder. My daughter’s first word was “cheese” so you can guess where her allegiances lie. All in all, I enjoyed the dish and will make it again.


232 Jessie December 28, 2015

I’ve always been dying to try a vegan Mac and cheese recipe, because it’s the food I miss the most! I especially love the use of butternut squash here. But the problem is, I’m highly allergic to nuts; so is there any way to omit/ replace the cashews but still get the creamy consistency in the cheeze sauce? Thanks :) xx


233 Claudia June 14, 2016

Chickpeas work as a really yummy replacement for cashews, too! :)


234 Lindsey October 12, 2016

You are a creative vegan genius! I’ve always been weary of vegan cheese- but this! There is currently a wheel of Brie sitting in my fridge, and this still wins for lunch today. I did the casserole bake with broccoli + peas in a cast iron skillet. I loved the creaminess of the cheeze sauce, slightly thick and bursting with flavor. Thanks for another great recipe!


235 Angela Liddon October 12, 2016

So glad you enjoyed it, Lindsey!


236 Venus November 22, 2016

How would you make the cheese sauce with no cashews? I am allergic. Considering walnuts?


237 Angela Liddon December 14, 2016

Hi Venus, You might want to try this recipe! There’s no cashews in it. :)


238 Rosie November 23, 2016

Hi Angela!

I am obsessed with this recipe. I work for a residential neighborhood for adults 18+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are writing a blog post about Food Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving recipes and I would love to include yours! Let me know!

Thanks so much!


239 Angela Liddon November 23, 2016

Hi Rosie, I’m so flattered you’d like to include this recipe in your post! Please feel free to include it. :) If you’re not changing the original recipe, I”d prefer that you simply link to the original; if you do change the recipe significantly, though, go ahead and post it along with your changes and a link back to the original recipe. Thanks!


240 Rosie November 23, 2016

Thanks so much Angela! Our audience is going to love it. Would we be able to use your feature image of the finished product? The picture really sells it! I can send you the link once it goes live, as well!


241 Angela Liddon November 23, 2016

Yep, as long as the photo is credited, that’s totally fine by me! And I’d love it if you’d send the link along–I’m looking forward to checking out the post when it goes live! :)


242 Rosie November 23, 2016

Of course! Would you mind emailing me the photo you would like me to use?



243 Rachel February 20, 2017

This. Is. EVERYTHING! I used sweet potato because I didn’t have butternut squash on hand and it was decadent. I followed Angela’s suggestions of cutting the cashew amount and lemon amount and it turned out wonderfully. I used her roasted brussel sprouts recipe and added those in as my green veggie. The crisp burnt leaves and overall flavor of the sauce was AMAZING! Highly recommend.


244 Tracy August 12, 2017

I want to make this for our church potluck. Anyone tried making this the day before, storing in the fridge and cooking the next day? I’m wondering how the sauce hold up. Thanks!


245 Angela Liddon September 1, 2017

Hey Tracy. I think you could make the sauce the day before (I can’t see why not!). I hope you enjoy it!


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