Baked Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese

After I found this cheese sauce, I started actively searching for ways to use it, since everyone loved it so much. Since my kids were already addicted to dairy-based mac and cheese, I thought why not toss something together they’ll love and their bodies will love too? Enter Baked Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese.

It was a hit, and it’s easily customizable. I even doused my serving with Frank’s Red Hot to spice it up a bit. What else can we do with this? Old Bay seasoning maybe? Add some tomatoes? How about some beefless crumbles for a “meaty” flavor?

You’re welcome to experiment with this and let me know how it went in the comments! I’ll do the same.

vegan mac and cheese

Baked Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6

What you’ll need

  • 4 cups Creamy Versatile Instant Pot Cheese Sauce
  • 1 lb whole wheat elbows, shells, bowtie, or other small pasta
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How you’ll do it

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking.
  • Steam broccoli using the method you prefer. I use an electric steamer (because I’m a kitchen appliance addict).
  • If cheese sauce is cold, warm it up in a small saucepan. It spreads and mixes much easier warmed up.
  • In a 9×13 casserole dish, add pasta, broccoli, and carrots. Cover with cheese sauce and mix with a spatula until well blended and evenly distributed.
  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs on the top along with Italian seasoning if using.
  • Bake at 375° for 30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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