Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake

Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake | Well and Full

Spring is right around the corner. My big puffy coat has been relegated to the back of the closet, and I’ve been venturing outside just in a light sweater and a scarf. This past weekend it was even warm enough to go rollerblading outside in a t-shirt! It was glorious.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t sneak in this sweet potato macaroni bake before the weather turns – a cozy, healthier version of vegan mac and cheese. I know there are about 2.3 million versions of vegan mac and cheese on the interwebs, but after much tweaking this version has emerged as my personal favorite. I won’t lie and say this tastes exactly like mac and cheese. What it DOES taste like is an insanely creamy, cheezy, delicious macaroni bake that nourishes the body and warms the soul. Perfect for those chilly nights right before spring!

Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake | Well and FullCozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake | Well and Full

Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake | Well and Full

Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake

This cozy sweet potato macaroni bake is a healthier version of vegan mac and cheese!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake

  • 1 1/2 Cups Sweet Potato depends on size; can be between 1-3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 lb Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Pasta of your choice
  • 1 Cup Cashews soaked 4 hours or overnight
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Tbs Miso
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 Tsp Chili Powder

Crunchy Topping

  • 3/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast


Macaroni Bake

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Start by cooking your pasta according to manufacturer’s directions. When done cooking, strain and set aside.
  • Then, get your sweet potatoes ready. For this recipe I used two medium sweet potatoes, but ultimately you will want 1 and 1/2 cups of cubed sweet potato when done.
  • Peel sweet potatoes, and chop into cubes.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake sweet potato cubes for about 15 minutes, or until soft.
  • Measure out 1 and 1/2 cups of the cooked sweet potato, and add to a blender with your cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, miso, and spices. Blend on high until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour sauce over pasta and mix well, then transfer to an oven-safe casserole dish or pan.
  • Bake macaroni in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Crunchy Topping

  • In a food processor, combine sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast. Pulse until mixture is combined but still fairly chunky.
  • Pour as much topping as desired over your macaroni bake.
  • Broil macaroni bake in the oven for about 3-4 minutes, keeping an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t burn!
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake | Well and Full

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25 responses to “Cozy Sweet Potato Macaroni Bake”

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine Avatar

    O goodness! Decadent comfort food!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks girl! :D

  2. danielle // rooting the sun Avatar

    sarah, how delicious is this! i love the combination of sweet potato and pasta, there is something infinitely warming about it. – – i am feeling some fortunate vibes that an early spring is coming for us here in the midwest (which means everything good for a solid growing season). cheers sweetest of hearts! xo

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Sending hugs, Danielle <3

  3. kushi Avatar

    5 stars
    This sounds interesting. Love the combo. Amazingly delicious dear!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Kushi!! :D

  4. Laura Avatar

    Everything is better with sweet potato! Thanks for this lovely dinner inspiration Sarah!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      You’re welcome girl! ;)

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Avatar

    This sounds so comforting!! Love the sweet potato addition!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Katrina!! :D

  6. Cara Avatar

    Oh yes, this looks like just what I need today!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Awesome!! :D

  7. Linda | The Baker Who Kerns Avatar

    Sometimes other vegan mac and cheese recipes don’t really work, they aren’t as creamy as you’d like but I can totally tell already that the sweet potato here will definitely compensate for that! I will for sure be making this next time I get myself some gluten-free pasta! Looks soooo good.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      The sweet potato does make it super creamy!! Thanks Linda! :D

  8. Grace @ Avatar

    OMG, who wouldn’t love this. Looks amazing!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Grace!! :D

  9. Emilie @ Emilie Eats Avatar

    Oh man this looks so satisfying! I just want to make a big plate of this and cuddle up with some Netflix. Love that you used sweet potato!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Mac and cheese and netflix? Perfection ;)

  10. Aimee / Wallflower Girl's Kitchen Avatar

    Ooh I love this twist! It sounds like the ultimate comfort dish :-)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Aimee! :D

  11. Erin Avatar

    Just when I thought the weather was getting warmer, it SNOWED here is Massachusetts today! To bad I didn’t have this delicious bowl of “cheesy” goodness to keep me warm! Girl, this looks amazing.

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Erin!! :D

  12. Emma Avatar

    This looks so yummy! I was just wondering how many people this recipe serves?

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you Emma! :D I would say 2-3 as a main, and about 4 as a side :)

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