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Halloween Mac and Cheese

Vegan Halloween Pasta Mac and Cheese

Vegan Halloween Macaroni & Cheese (Mac & Cheese)

'Walkers' banging down the kitchen door trying to get in looking for food? Are you looking for brains to feed your zombie hoard?

Are you ready to add a spooky twist to your favourite comfort food? This plant-based Halloween macaroni and cheese (Mac & Cheese) spooky recipe is perfect for Halloween. With a rich, creamy cheese sauce and vibrant colours, it’s sure to entertain and satisfy your zombie guests.

This isn't just any mac and cheese; it’s designed to look like brains – perfect for a zombie-themed Halloween dinner. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to surprise your family with a fun and eerie meal, this dish will surely be a hit. Let’s dive into this spooky, delicious, and nutritious dish!

Introduction to the Ingredients

  • Beetroot Macaroni: This unique ingredient not only adds a vibrant pink colour to your dish but also packs in some great nutrients. If you can’t find beetroot macaroni, don’t worry – regular macaroni with beetroot juice or beetroot powder will do the trick. The red hue from the beetroot gives the macaroni an uncanny resemblance to brains, making it the star of this spooky pasta dish.

  • Plant-Based Cheese: Get creative with your cheese mix. Use your favourite variety to ensure the sauce is as creamy and flavourful as possible. Plant-based mozzarella adds a gooey texture that makes this dish irresistible and perfect for achieving that cheese brain-like, creamy consistency. To add more depth of flavour, consider using different brands of plant-based cheese or even mixing in a bit of parmesan cheese. It's really is up to you what plant-based cheese you use, grab what is on hand.

  • Barista Plant-Based Milk: This milk is perfect for achieving a smooth, creamy cheese sauce. Its mild flavour won’t overpower the other ingredients, and it blends seamlessly to create a sauce that’s both rich and light.

  • Nutritional Yeast: This ingredient is a must for any vegan cheese sauce, adding a cheesy flavour and a boost of B vitamins. It also helps to thicken the sauce, ensuring it clings well to the macaroni.

  • Salt and Black Pepper: Essential for seasoning your dish to perfection. Black pepper adds a slight kick, enhancing the overall flavour of the dish.

Brains for Zombie Halloween Mac & Cheese


1 packet of macaroni

3 slices of plant-based cheese (use your preferred variety)

¼ cup of plant-based mozzarella

1 cup of barista plant-based milk

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

Salt and pepper to taste


1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch (or all-purpose flour for thickening)

1-2 tablespoons butter (for extra decadence)

1 - 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach (to sneak some plants in)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil the Pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Into the boiling water add a pinch of salt and the beetroot macaroni.

  • Cook pasta according to the package instructions until soft. Cooking time will vary depending on your macaroni type.

  • Drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process. This helps keep the pasta from overcooking and maintains its vibrant pink colour. Set it aside.

  1. Make the Cheese Mixture: In a smaller pot, heat 1 cup of barista oat milk over medium heat until warm but not boiling.

  • Add 3 slices of plant-based cheese and 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Stir regularly until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. A cup of shredded cheese will also work. The cheese and oat milk will create a creamy cheese sauce that’s perfect for coating the macaroni.

  • For a thicker sauce, mix 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with a bit of cold water and add it to the sauce, stirring to prevent lumps. This will give the cheese sauce a nice, thick consistency, making it clingy and gooey – just like brains!

  1. Combine the Pasta and Sauce: Pour the sauce over the cooked macaroni in the pot.

  • Stir gently until the macaroni is evenly coated with the creamy cheese sauce. The beetroot macaroni will soak up the sauce, enhancing its spooky appearance.

  • Add 1/4 cup of plant-based mozzarella and stir until it melts and becomes gooey, making the macaroni even creamier and more brain-like.

  1. Season and Serve: Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning to your preference to ensure a balanced flavour.

  • Serve the Mac & Cheese while it’s still warm. The dish is best enjoyed fresh when the cheese sauce is at its creamiest.

  • Garnish with extra nutritional yeast, chopped herbs, or a sprinkle of black pepper for added flavour and a spooky touch. You can also add some green food colouring to create a more monstrous appearance if desired.

Pinterest Pin for Halloween Vegan Pasta

Pink-Coloured Pasta Option


  • Dry macaroni

  • Beetroot juice or beetroot powder (or red or pink food colouring)

  • Water

  • Optional: Salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, pumpkin seeds


  1. Prepare the Beetroot Colour: If using canned beetroot, simply use the juice. For fresh beetroot, blend or juice it, then strain the juice to remove any solids.

  • If using beetroot powder, follow the package instructions for the correct amount to use.

  1. Cook the Pasta: Boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt.

  • Add the beetroot juice or powder to the water, then cook the dry pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. The pasta will absorb the vibrant colour from the beetroot, giving it an eerie, pink hue.

  • Drain the pasta and toss it in a bowl with the beetroot juice or powder while it’s still hot to absorb the vibrant colour. This step ensures that the pasta looks spooky and brain-like.

Serving Suggestions and Creative Ideas

For a fun Halloween twist, serve your Halloween cheese brain-looking mac & cheese in individual pumpkin-shaped bowls. This not only makes the dish more festive but also adds to the fun.

 If you want to experiment with the colour, you can use green food colouring to create a monstrous green cheese sauce that kids will love. These creative serving suggestions can make your cheese brain pasta the perfect meal for any Halloween celebration. If you want to get even more creative, try using pumpkin-shaped pasta or other fun pasta shapes that fit the Halloween theme.

Enjoy your Halloween with this fun and creative dish, and don't forget to share it with friends and family!

Still looking for Halloween recipes? Read 2 Ingredient Halloween Dessert Idea: 'Eyeballs in a Jar'.


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