I grew up eating Kraft Dinner and have never found a boxed vegan mac and cheese I liked or that's affordable. I wanted to come up with a vegan cheese powder that you could keep on hand and that's relatively cheap to throw together! Nutritional yeast can be expensive depending on the brand/where you get it. We buy our nutritional yeast from a bulk store and only spend about $20 a month on it and we eat a LOT of nutritional yeast in our house.
To make the vegan cheese powder:
2 cups nutritional yeast flakes
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 & 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
4 teaspoons garlic powder
2 & 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 & 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 & 1/2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons dry mustard
-Put all the ingredients in a large, airtight jar. Mix it with a fork to break up all the nutritional yeast flakes and mix all the spices in or put the lid on and shake it all up. Store and use whenever.
To make the mac n cheese:
227g or 8 ounces of dry pasta
1 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon vegan butter/margarine
slightly heaping 1/3 cup vegan cheese powder
-Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and save a cup of the pasta water.
-Place pasta back in the pot on medium-low heat and add soy milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and vegan margarine. Mix it all up.
-Add vegan cheese powder and mix again. If it's not as creamy as you'd like, add the reserved pasta water a tablespoon or two at a time until desired consistency is reached!
If using the above mac n cheese recipe, the cheese powder should be enough to make this recipe 7-8 times.
I just store mine in the cupboard because we go through it fast, but it could also be stored in the fridge as long as it's in an airtight jar!
The cheese powder also works well for adding to homemade cheese recipes, like my tahini cheese sauce. No need to think about seasonings, just use a couple tablespoons of the powder!