Vegan Finnish-style Baked Mac and Cheese

A delicious and easy recipe, this Finnish style baked vegan mac and cheese has a few extra ingredients in it that really make even more satisfying than regular Mac and cheese.

The word “Makaronilaatikko” translates literally to macaroni box but it means more like macaroni casserole. The customary way to make it uses eggs, milk, butter, and ground beef or beef and pork. Obviously, this vegan version of makaronilaatikko is not going to include and of those things!

A portion of baked vegan macaroni and cheese on a plate with ketchup.

I make this recipe with vegan “beefless crumbles” which are usually soy-based. You can find them in the frozen food section in just about any grocery store.

A portion of baked vegan macaroni and cheese on a plate with ketchup.

Vegan Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Finnish Style (Vegaani Makaronilaatikko)

Based on a beloved Finnish recipe, "Macaroni Box," this vegan version is made with oat cream and plant-based crumbles.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 323 kcal

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • 9"x13" baking dish
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 16 oz macaroni
  • ½ cup onion
  • 12 oz vegan beefless grounds
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups oat cream
  • 2 cups vegan cheddar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • additional vegan cheese for topping
  • ketchup for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and chop the onion.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. While it is cooking, melt the vegan butter in a skillet and whisk in the flour. Let it cook about a minute but don’t brown. 
  • Slowly whisk in the oat cream and let it cook until bubbling. Turn off the heat and whisk in the vegan cheddar, water, pepper and salt if using.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13” baking dish with vegan butter and pour in the cooked drained pasta. Add the beefless crumbles, chopped onion, and the vegan cheese sauce. Stir until well combined. Sprinkle on a few more vegan cheese shreds if desired.
  • Bake the vegan macaroni for about 35-40 minutes uncovered. Serve with ketchup.
Course: Vegan Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American, European

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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