Vegetarian friendly Apple Mac & Cheese

Megan Todd


While sifting through my monthly subscription of Food Network Cooking magazine, I came across a recipe titled 'Apple-Sausage Mac-N-Cheese,' though the recipe seemed it would be perfect for my family.... I have my vegetarian who is also allergic to dairy, so some modifications were necessary to see if this would be a kids LOVE mac n cheese, so it was a must to come up with an alternative. And it was a hit. I'm posting this recipe using natural cheese in the ingrediants, but you can substitute dairy free products such as daiya brand cheese (a dairy free cheese)! Have fun with it!

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30 Min
35 Min


4 Tbsp
butter, unsalted, plus some for dish
kosher salt
1 lb
medium pasta shells, or a fun pasta of your choice
1 medium
onion, diced
1 Tbsp
mustard powder ( i omit due to allergy)
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/4 c
all purpose flour
3 c
apple juice
1 lb
montery jack cheese, shredded (can use daiya brand)
1/2 lb
extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups total) (can use daiya brand)
1/2 c
sour cream, lite (or non-daity)
1 large
granny smith apple, or more to add to your liking
sleeve ritz crackers, or butter crackers, get creative here :)
1 lb
meat of your choice to make a main dish! original recipe called for apple-sausage, sliced. i've used turkey kielbasi, but you can add whatever you like if you so choose!

How to Make Vegetarian friendly Apple Mac & Cheese


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasta as directed, al dente. Drain and set aside. ( I add a small amount of EVOO, & mix through to keep pasta from clumping together).
    Prepare baking dish, cover inside dish with melted butter or pam spray, butter flavored.
  • 2Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chopped apples, mustard powder, cayenne, and 1 tsp salt to cook, stirring until apples are half cooked. About 3 minutes.
  • 3Stir in the flour and cook, stirring until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the apple juice and cook, stirring occasionally until thickened slightly. About 8 more minutes.
  • 4Slowly stir in about 3/4 EACH of the cheeses into the sauce until smooth. **note, daiya cheese will take a little longer to melt. 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    If adding meat, cook separately.... then add at this point to the sauce. Stir in the pasta and the sour cream.
  • 5Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed crackers and the remaining cheese. Cover & bake until bubbly, 25 -30 minutes, uncover & bake additional 10 minutes. Remove From oven & allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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About Vegetarian friendly Apple Mac & Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy