Mac and Peas (Vegan)

Makes 4-6 servings

There are few foods more comforting and classic than Mac and Cheese. This hearty Mac and Peas recipe is my take on the beloved dish. The creamy sauce is made with a simple butter, flour, and soymilk mixture and my secret ingredient is sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes give the sauce a vibrant orange color and add a hint of sweetness. They also give the dish a vitamin A boost, which is important for good eye health. Friendly City has a wonderful selection of sweet potatoes including local no-spray sweet potatoes, which I used for this recipe. They have a delightful pure, sweet flavor. I attribute their deliciousness to the fact that they are local and no-spray. This Mac and Peas dish is sure to please the palates of both kids and adults and makes delicious leftovers too!


16 oz. Pasta
3 tbsp. Vegan Butter
4 tbsp. Flour
3 cups Unsweetened Soy Milk, warmed in microwave until slightly hot
1 cup Sweet Potato, mashed
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Black Pepper
1 cup Peas



  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add in your pasta
  2. While pasta is boiling, heat butter over medium-low heat. Once butter is melted add in your flour and whisk for one minute until butter and flour are combined and form a thick paste. Next, add in your warm soymilk and whisk frequently. Bring to a boil. Once boiled reduce heat to medium and continue whisking until sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). Add in mashed sweet potatoes. Continue to whisk for two minutes. Add in Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add peas to the sauce and mix. Next, add in cooked pasta and stir to combine. Enjoy!


By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.