Bacon & Cheese Pasta (Vegan)

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

If you’re vegan, you’ve likely heard someone say, “I would become a vegan if it weren’t for cheese.” Or, “I could never be a vegetarian; I love bacon too much!” Who says you have to give up your favorite foods to live a healthy and compassionate lifestyle? The trick is learning to make plant-based alternatives even more delicious than their traditional counterparts. Bonus? These versions are also made from clean ingredients and much better for you! That’s why I love this Bacon and Cheese Pasta recipe. It’s full of some of my favorite alternative recipes: cashew cream, crispy fake bacon and vegan cheese. Together, they create a melt-in-your-mouth combination that will make even meat lovers drool.

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Coconut Bacon

Bacon & Cheese Pasta (Vegan)

Makes 8 servings


16 oz. brown rice pasta
1 tsp. olive oil, or more if necessary
¼ cup Cashew Cream Drizzle, optional for topping
1 cup Crispy Fake Bacon Bits, plus extra to top
2-3 cups Vegan Cheese Sauce


  1. Prepare recipes for cashew cream, bacon and cheese sauce ahead of time.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, but remove about halfway through to avoid overcooking later.
  4. When finished, drain pasta, keeping about a quarter cup of water. Add oil to pot to keep pasta from sticking.
  5. In the pot, combine pasta with cheese sauce and bacon to pot and stir until fully incorporated. Pour cheese pasta into a 2-quart baking dish.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with extra bacon and cashew cream, if desired.