Macaroni and cheese will always be a favorite all-American food for kids and adults alike. The first recipe dates back to the 13th century, and this ultimate comfort food has proved that it can stand the test of time. Whether you’re in a rush or just looking to fulfill a cheese craving without any of the cruelty or cholesterol found in dairy “products,” the quick-and-easy boxed vegan mac and cheese brands on this list can be found at many grocery stores and online:
This brand is known for its line of plant-based cheeses, so it makes sense that it would have some of the best vegan mac and cheese options out there! Find them at Whole Foods Market, available in two varieties: Cheezy Carrot and Creamy Caulifredo.
This mac and cheese is great for kids, since it features fun sea creature–shaped noodles. Also check out Pastabilities’ Vegan Organic Mac ’n Cheese Pasta Ruffles and the Vegan Organic Springtime Mac ’n Cheese with carrot- and flower-shaped pasta.
Get your protein with Banza’s chickpea-based pasta shells, which pack 13 grams of protein per serving. It’s also gluten-free and, of course, vegan!
This gourmet-style mac is made with twisty pasta, roasted cauliflower, cauliflower cream sauce, and toasted breadcrumbs.
Field Roast’s vegan mac and cheese comes in two flavors: creamy and chili. Look for it in the freezer aisle!
These gluten-free whole-grain noodles come in a rich, creamy “cheddar” sauce. And one serving contains 20 percent of your daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B12.
Four cheezes for the price of one! Like other Daiya Cheezy Mac flavors, this one is both gluten- and soy-free.
As if Daiya’s Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac weren’t tempting enough on its own, this variety comes packed with vegan bacon bits made from textured pea protein.
Combining a vegan white-cheddar sauce with elbow macaroni and vegetables, this nutritious dish helps contribute to a balanced diet.
Made with gluten- and dairy-free Alfredo sauce and pasta, this healthful mix offers rich and decadent flavor without the guilt.
Amy’s brand uses organic rice noodles that are wholesome and nutritious.
Lentils, rice, and peas power this delicious vegan mac that’s both gluten-free and packed with 15 grams of protein per serving. Give it a go in Classic Cheddar, White Cheddar, and Southwest flavors.
A family favorite, these cheddar-style shells are light and tasty.
This variety is as “cheesy” as it gets and adds a healthy blend of whole-wheat pasta.
Made with Road’s End special gluten-free “chreese” sauce, this penne mix is great for pasta lovers. If you like this variety, be sure to check out the brand’s gluten-free Alfredo Style Mac & Chreese.
This mac and “cheese” combines a tasty vegan sauce made from pumpkin and sweet potato with organic pasta shells. They are also available with organic rice pasta for our gluten-free friends.
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