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macaroni gratin in single serving dishes with panko and green onions on top

Vegan Japanese Macaroni Gratin

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This vegan Japanese Macaroni Gratin is irresistibly creamy, hearty and pure comfort food! Made with macaroni, mushrooms and onions, baked in a creamy dairy free white sauce and topped with crispy panko. (Gluten free)


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  • 8 oz gluten free macaroni style pasta (224g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (180g)
  • 2 cups mushrooms of choice, sliced 1 cm thickness (380g // use 2+ kinds for more texture and flavour)

White Sauce


  • 1/2 cup non dairy vegan cheese (120g)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free panko (30g)
  • scallions or chives for garnish


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then cook pasta until al dente (follow instructions on package). Drain well, rinse the pasta with cold water and set aside. 
  2. Add sauce ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Over medium high heat, add oil or water and sliced onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and then cook until onions begin to caramelize (if using water, add as needed to pan doesn’t burn). Reduce the heat to medium, add sauce to the pan and gently stir for 1 minute until slightly thickened. Reduce the temperature to medium low and then add in the pasta. Stir for 3-5 minutes until sauce thickens. 
  4. Add everything to a baking dish or divide between 4 individual baking dishes and then top with vegan cheese and panko. Broil 5-7 minutes or until golden brown or bake at 450 for 15 mins. Top with black pepper and scallions or chives. Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: entree
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 494g
  • Sugar: 5.6g
  • Sodium: 868mg
  • Fat: 14.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 65.8g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Protein: 28.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0