By Josie Bidwell
December 2022


  • 1 ½ cup diced sweet potato (1 medium)
  • 1 cup diced potato (russet or yukon gold)
  • 1 cup cooked white beans (great Northern)
  • 2 tablespoons Rotel tomato with juice
  • ½ cup canned light coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles

Crunchy Bread Crumbs (optional)

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
plant based mac and cheese in bowl


  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water until fork tender. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain potatoes and add to a blender or food processor.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except pasta to blender/food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Pour in sauce and stir.

Instructions for Bread Crumbs

  1. Toss all ingredients together and toast in skillet over medium heat until light brown.
  2. Stir occasionally and then add to the top of your mac and cheese.

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