Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Vegan Mofo 2019 Day #5: Macaroni Pie

Macaroni Pie around the Caribbean is much sweeter than the rich, ooey gooey American baked mac n cheese. Although it typically has no crust, perhaps that is why “pie” is in the name. They usually include evaporated or condensed milk to sweeten their traditional dish, then adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and sometimes ginger for enhancing this unique flavor profile.
Inspired by In Search of Yumminess, my version retains that sweet, buttery goodness— all vegan of course. Plus, along the way, I Ickes a new skill— making evaporated almond milk, a key ingredient in Macaroni Pie.

Macaroni Pie Ingredients and Preparation

2 cup elbow macaroni
1 cup cold evaporated almond milk*
1 cup vegan cheese of choice
2 tablespoon vegan butter, coconut or olive oil
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of crushed red pepper

*For evaporated almond milk, bring two cups of almond milk to a simmer, whisking frequently until the almond milk has lost half its contents.

Prepare macaroni according to package directions.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix macaroni with all ingredients and pour into desired dish (I filled up a six inch Pyrex baking dish).
Bake for thirty minutes.
Sprinkle extra cinnamon and serve warm.


  1. I love sweet noodle dishes! This seems vaguely reminiscent of kugel.

    I have seen evaporated almond milk for sale at my regular grocery store, in the baking aisle next to the dairy milk. Do you think it would be good in this?

    1. Thank you! It's a very interesting contrast.
      I haven't seen evaporated almond milk in stores here yet. I do believe it would be the perfect substitute!

  2. Oh wow! I'm so curious to try this, it sounds amazing! I can't wait to try!

  3. This sounds intriguing; I'll have to give it a try sometime!

    1. It's pretty interesting, Sarah. Definitely a sweeter version of our traditional mac.

  4. Another macaroni pie! I know there is a midwest or Pennsylvania dutch (I can't remember which) where you bake the macaroni in a casserole and you can cut it in squares, kind-of like lasagna.

    1. Yes!!! When I was looking at various sites for inspiration, I did see cut up macaroni pies shaped like blondies and brownies. I think I want to experiment further with this macaroni pie with that in mind.