How To Make Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 by Guillermina

Running out of necessary supplies when requiring them for a recipe can be extremely off-putting. That’s why in this recipe, I am going to show you how to make Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk because, let’s be honest, we’ve all run out of milk more times than we can count (even the non-dairy kind).

Believe it or not, making macaroni & cheese without milk is more common than you’d think. Why else would it be such a common question to search for? Check Google if you don’t believe me! That’s why in this article, I not only provide a recipe of my favorite way to make Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk but include other secondary options to substitute milk in mac and cheese. Don’t let the milk fool you, it’s possible to make that yummy cheese sauce without milk (I mean, that’s what cheese is for, right?). 

What To Pair With Homemade Mac & Cheese

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Vegan Chili

There’s nothing quite like a hearty meal of vegan chili. Combine it with a side of homemade macaroni and cheese for a full-on power meal! 


Whether roasted in the oven or steamed, enjoying macaroni and cheese with a side of broccoli makes this pairing a stable in the home!

Vegan Meatballs

This brings me back to elementary and middle school for some reason but pairing some vegan meatballs with macaroni and cheese is a power move of cheesy goodness and a punch of protein! 

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5 Alternatives to Milk In Homemade Mac & Cheese

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Non-Dairy Milk

A lot more simple substitution than you’d think, but replacing dairy milk with non-dairy milk is the absolute easiest and stress-free method for a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. There are endless alternatives to dairy milk, some more common non-dairy alternatives being–almond, oat, and soy milk. 

Cream Cheese

Use that vegan cream cheese that’s been sitting in wait in the back of your refrigerator. Put it to good use for a creamy, gooey Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk. In fact, the recipe I’ve provided in this article uses this very ingredient to get the creamiest and most flavorful macaroni and cheese to replace milk. 


I know this isn’t a very “flavorful” option compared to the previous two, but think about it this way–liquid for a liquid. By simply adding in water to replace the necessary liquid to fully combine the macaroni and cheese ingredients, you can still enjoy the cheesy gooeyness in your recipe by making sure you have the necessary amount of cheese added to your macaroni. 

Plain Yogurt

You wouldn’t put too much of this ingredient in the recipe, but this is another substitution for milk in a macaroni and cheese recipe. It’s important to make sure it’s vegan/non-dairy. Use about ½ cup of plain yogurt along with shredded cheese to combine with your macaroni pasta to get the full flavor and yumminess out of your recipe. 

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Sour Cream

Another thick substitution for milk in a macaroni and cheese recipe, make sure to grab vegan sour cream for your recipe. Use anywhere from a few tablespoons to ½ cup mixed along with shredded cheese, to get the full thick, creamy goodness out of your macaroni and cheese. 

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What You Will Need To Make This Homemade Macaroni & Cheese Without Milk



  • Small-Medium-sized Pot
  • Large Wooden Spoon (For Stirring)
  • Medium-sized Sauce Pan
  • Colander (To Drain The Pasta)
  • Measuring Cup
  • Tablespoon Measuring Utensil

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Gather all of the ingredients and supplies needed to make this Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk recipe. 

Step 2: Cook The Macaroni

Follow the cooking instructions on the back of the box of your elbow macaroni. Once done cooking the pasta, drain using the colander and set aside to cool down. 

Note–make sure to turn off the burner if you are finished using it. 

Step 4: Prepare The Cream Cheese

On the same burner or a separate burner, you will prepare the cream cheese. In the medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the cream cheese to the saucepan. Cook on low until the vegan cream cheese has melted (keep an eye on the cream cheese so it does not burn or stick to the pan). Stirring frequently will prevent the cheese from burning and sticking to the pan. 

Step 5: Add The Shredded Cheese & Macaroni

Once the cream cheese has fully melted, add the vegan shredded cheese and macaroni to the saucepan with the melted cream cheese. Stir until the cheese has fully melted and sufficiently mixed together with the elbow macaroni pasta. 

Step 6: Enjoy!

After the cheese has fully melted and incorporated with the macaroni pasta, then you can enjoy your Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk!

Tips and Tricks

This is an added step for extra gooey Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk.

During the process of preparing and cooking your Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk preheat your oven to 350 F. After the last step of the cooking process above is complete, pour the contents of the finished macaroni and cheese into a baking dish. Sprinkle with extra vegan shredded cheese. Bake in the oven for 15  minutes. Pull the macaroni out of the oven when the time is up. 

Enjoy the extra gooey Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk!

Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk

Servings And Preparation Time

Preparation Time  Cook Time Servings
5 Minutes 15 Minutes 3-5


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This Homemade Mac & Cheese Without Milk is filled with oh-so-gooey vegan cheese deliciousness—all without the milk! Make sure to try the extra tips and tricks provided to get that extra cheesy goodness out of your homemade macaroni and cheese. You’ll be wanting more of this milk-free treat, and so will your family and friends!

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