Macaroni and Cheese Bar

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar Buffet

I’m a huge fan of make-it-how-you-like-it meals. This Loaded Sweet Potato recipe, this Mazidra, and these Bean Burritos are excellent meal options for when you have company, because everyone can create their plate exactly how they like it!

And this Macaroni and Cheese Bar is another great option to have up your sleeve. It’s an easy, versatile, kid-approved meal that everyone – even the pickiest of eaters – will like. It makes for a fun meal and guests will love that they can customize their own plate.

And not only is this vegan and gluten-free Mac and Cheese Bar delicious and sure to please everyone, but it’s also super healthy.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar Buffet

This website is brought to you without annoying ads because we can better live healthier lives without the influence of marketing. But running a high-traffic site is expensive. How can you help? If you purchase anything through the affiliate links on my site, your cost is the same, but I receive a small commission. Thank you!

I’ve included our favorite toppings in the recipe, but you can get creative and try other ones as well. The beauty of this recipe is that you can keep it as simple or make it as fancy as you would like.

Hard to beat a warm plate of macaroni and cheese loaded with your favorite toppings!

This Macaroni and Cheese Bar was a hit at my house, and I’m sure your family will love it too!

What are some good Macaroni and Cheese Bar toppings?

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar Buffet

The possibilities are nearly endless, but we like to keep it simple and healthy at our house, so we chose beans (great source of fiber), broccoli and cauliflower (so good for you and the perfect veggie-match for mac and cheese), onions (I was surprised at how amazing onions are with mac and cheese!), fresh tomatoes (nice, fresh addition), these lemon pickles (add a healthy zing), and this healthy, homemade Dill Dressing.

Here are all of my Macaroni and Cheese Bar ideas:

these tree-ripened olives
whole-grain seasoned bread crumbs
sauteed onions
green onions
beans (I recommend black or pinto) or Chili
broccoli (steamed)
cauliflower (steamed)
these lemon pickles
this healthy, homemade Dill Dressing

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar

What kind of pasta should I use?

You can use any kind of pasta you’d like, but if you want your Macaroni and Cheese Bar to be gluten-free, I highly recommend Tinkyada pasta. Tinkyada pasta is a wheat-free and gluten-free pasta that has an amazing texture and taste. It’s easy to cook and is NOT mushy like other gluten-free pasta varieties.

(We tested 21 varieties of gluten-free pasta and rated them from the worst gluten-free pasta to the best gluten-free pasta. Check it out!)

Can I keep macaroni and cheese hot in a slow cooker?

Yes! When serving a large group, a crock pot / slow cooker (or an Instant Pot using the slow cooker function) can come in handy for keeping the pasta warm. You can keep cooked macaroni and cheese warm in a crock pot for about 2 hours without it getting mushy.

I suggest spraying the crock pot insert with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the mac and cheese from sticking to the crock.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar Buffet

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar

Comfort food meets salad bar. The perfect make-it-how-you-like-it meal!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
YIELD 8 servings
All recipes on are property of jennifer’s kitchen and cannot be republished without written permission.



  • Prepare macaroni and cheese according to recipe directions.
  • Meanwhile, prepare toppings.
  • Steam broccoli and cauliflower until tender, but not mushy.
  • Saute or caramelize onions.
  • Heat beans.
  • Dice tomatoes.
  • Slice olives.
  • Slice green onions or chives.
  • Allow every to assemble their plates.


Ingredient amounts are approximate. Adjust according to personal preferences.
* * * This recipe for Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Bar is … gluten-free, plant based, oil-free, sugar-free, high in fiber, dairy free, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan, and made from real, whole foods.

>> One quick request: if you like this recipe, please leave a rating and a comment. Ratings help more people find these healthy recipes!

Print Recipe

Want More?

For more healthy and delicious recipes like this one that will simplify your journey to a healthier and thinner you, check out my

Healthy Weight Loss Program!
Did you make this recipe?Mention @JennifersKitchn or tag #JennifersKitchn!

You my also like:

Before you go . . .

Did you know that you can eat all this delicious food AND lose weight? You can!

No calorie counting. No portion sizes.

Join my online weight loss program today!

Please consider leaving a star rating and a comment. This helps others discover my recipes. Thank you! 🙂


  1. 5 stars
    This is such a fantastic idea and I have really been enjoying it recently. It had never occurred to me before to load my macaroni up with lots of tasty additions. In addition to the ones you have listed here, I have also found red, green, and yellow bell peppers to be delicious in this. Thanks for the great recipe!

5 from 1 vote

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.