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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
An easy, hearty, nutritious chili mac. Completely dairy free and oil free and made with only whole food ingredients. It's a family favorite of ours and sure to be yours too!
Course: Entree, Pasta
Cuisine: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 538 kcal
Author: Jenn Sebestyen
Toppings, optional
  • avocado, cilantro, lime, crushed tortilla chips, etc.
  1. Start the Butternut Mac recipe: Cook the veggies, start soaking the cashews, and bring the pasta water to a boil. Set the veggies aside when tender.
  2. In a large pan, heat 1/4 cup vegetable broth over medium heat and add the onion and green pepper, and jalapeño, if using. Saute for 6-7 minutes until softened.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, 1 cup vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne, if using. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes to let flavors develop and the sauce to thicken.
  4. Meanwhile, drop your pasta from the Butternut Mac recipe in the water and cook until al dente. Set aside 1/4 cup of the cooking water (for the Butternut Mac sauce) and drain the rest.
  5. Add Butternut Mac sauce ingredients to your high speed blender and puree for several minutes until perfectly smooth.
  6. While the Butternut Mac sauce is pureeing, add the corn and kidney beans to the tomato mixture and stir.
  7. When the sauce is smooth, pour it into the tomato mixture and stir to combine. I use the whole sauce recipe, but feel free to add less if you like.
  8. Add the noodles and stir to combine
  9. Serve warm with garnishes of choice.
Recipe Notes

~This Chili Mac is delicious without the cheese sauce as well. If you are tight on time, leave it out and you've got yourself a 20 minute meal!

~The cayenne pepper and jalapeño are totally optional. Leave them out for a mild flavor, use both if you like heat. If your tastebuds fall somewhere in the middle, use just 1/2 of a jalapeño.



Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Chili Mac
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 509mg22%
Potassium 683mg20%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 4850IU97%
Vitamin C 56.1mg68%
Calcium 550mg55%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.