Mac & Yease

Mac & WHAT?! That’s right, it’s Mac & Yease, or rather the vegan version of Mac & Cheese. Having a vegan boyfriend has gotten me on a fun quest for delicious vegan recipe favorites. While on a recent trip to Seattle, we stumbled across the amazing Spicy Mac ‘N’ Yease at Plum Bistro, an all-vegan restaurant in Capitol Hill.  A seriously yum-tastic dish, it started me on a quest to somehow recreate it at home.  The following recipe is the closest that I have come to Plum’s genius, and has quickly become a household favorite.  Enjoy!

Mac & Yease


  • 1/2 Cup Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Pinch of Turmeric
  • 1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • about 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. Mustard

Making It

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, add salt to taste, and add macaroni.
  2. Melt the margarine over low heat.  Beat in flour with a wire whisk.  Continue to beat over medium heat until mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  3. Whip in boiling water.  Add salt, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, pepper flakes, soy sauce and mustard to the liquid.
  4. Let the sauce cook until it thickens and bubbles.  When that happens, beat in nutritional yeast.  If the sauce is too thick, add more water.
  5. When the macaroni is cooked, drain and add the sauce.  Serve immediately.

I sometimes stir in shredded vegan mozzarella cheese until it’s all melted for a creamier version.

14 Responses to “Mac & Yease”

  • Corbi Says:

    Yay! Thanks you soooo much for posting this recipe. I am going to have to try it this weekend.

  • deb Says:

    i was just in seattle last week and i think i could have eaten this EVERY single day. i think they pan fried there recipe at some point, b/c it was a little blackened and crispy! also swear that there was some veganaise in there somewhere b/c some of the lumpy yease amazingness had kind of a vinegar-y finish. thoughts???

  • heidi Says:

    Deb, Sorry it took so long to get back to you on this! I agree, they’ve got to pan fry the recipe. I usually make enough for plenty of leftovers, and love to heat them up in the frying pan, to create that bit of crispiness. I love the idea of veganaise, I think I might try incorporating it into the recipe next time. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for your comment!

  • Andrea Says:

    I found this after googling some yeast recipes, and love it!
    (I am eating it as I type). It’s the perfect comfort food.

  • Joy Says:

    You don’t mention how many noodles to use, does it matter? I’ve been to Plum Bistro a couple times and also to their other place Quickies Too (They have the mac”n”yease as well) I love it!

  • heidi Says:

    Joy, thanks for bringing that to my attention! I usually use about a pound of noodles, but you can vary it to taste. Sometimes I use a bit less for a creamier version. I think I’m going to have to make this sometime this week, it’s been a while! I’ll have to check out Quickies Too the next time I’m in Seattle, get a taste of the original!

  • Nikki Says:

    This is the best dish I have had at your home! I love it and crave it!

  • Joanne Says:

    I love this recipe. I added silken tofu to up the protein and mixed it with vegannaise due to a previous comment (1/2 package tofu and about 1/2 cup Vegannaise, added to sauce before the yeast). I haven’t tried the recipe the other way, but it came out great with the additions. I love the Mac and Yease at Plum and this is very similar!
    Thank you for the great recipe!

  • heidi Says:

    Oh, thank you for that idea, Joanne! It seems I’m about due for another batch, so I’ll have to try out the tofu idea. Thanks!

  • heidi Says:

    Thanks, Nikki! I’ll have to have you & Erika over soon for some! Nom Nom Nom

  • Ana Says:

    This was one of the easiest and most amazing mac and yease recipes I’ve come across! I made it tonight minutes after finding your post(I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen!)
    I’ve lived on Capitol Hill for a couple years and Plum is one of my favorite restaurants, I am soooo happy I found your take on their amazing food! :)
    (I also added a can of chopped tomatoes to the sauce, the added color and flavor were great!)

  • HannahMarii Says:

    I LOVE Plum Bistro’s mac and yease. Thank you for posting
    this! Ill be sure to try this recipe later this week.

  • Lisa Says:

    I was excited to find this recipe! I miss Plum and their Mac & Yease so much! I did add some veganaise and extra salt and vinegar to the recipe. Then, it basically just tasted like normal nutritional yeast ‘cheese’ sauce. I put some of the sauce and noodles into a hot cast iron skillet w/ veggie oil and fried it. I would have preferred it to get more crispy, but it really comes close to Mac & Yease after you basically smother it in oil. Oh my! So good! This is something that I can only make once a year (that’s a LOT of fat) but yeah, it tastes great.

  • Cindygo Says:

    What a great recipe. I love Plum and yes their mac & yease. A few weeks ago I was having craving and found this post. Lovely, so simply, fast and yummy! I did fry it up as suggested and it was perfect! Thank you for posting!!

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