BBQ Jackfruit Sweet Potato Mac

Creamy sweet potato mac topped with BBQ pulled jackfruit. Vegan recipe.

Course entree, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword bbq jackfruit
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Total Yield 4 servings
Calories Per Serving 387 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the BBQ jackfruit:

  • 1 14 oz. can young green jackfruit in brine or water rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

For the sweet potato mac:

  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta of choice (or gluten-free pasta if needed)
  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato cooked and peeled
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked in water overnight
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1/8 tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • 2 tbsp plain, unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (optional)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for serving


For the BBQ jackfruit:

  1. Slice off any hard ends of the jackfruit pieces and discard. Rub the pieces of jackfruit between your fingers to separate them and remove any seeds.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the jackfruit to a small saucepan or skillet, and add enough BBQ sauce to coat. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the briney taste is gone from the jackfruit.
  3. Spread the jackfruit out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat, and bake for 10 minutes or until it starts to dry out and crisp up. Remove and set aside.

For the sweet potato mac:

  1. Cook the whole wheat pasta to al dente, according to package instructions, and drain.
  2. Add the sweet potato, cashews, garlic, and a couple of splashes of the nondairy milk to a blender or food processor, and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens slightly, 2-3 minutes. Fold in the cooked pasta and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with BBQ jackfruit and cilantro or green onions.
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Jackfruit Sweet Potato Mac
Amount Per Serving (1 fourth recipe)
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 548mg 23%
Potassium 219mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 10g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 7%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.