America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches Veganized – Cheesy Mac and Rib

Some assembly required. This seems to be found on the outside of boxes with the some of the best contents. It could also be a pop-up message included with this post. This vegan sandwich will rock your world, but, ahem, some assembly is required.

Honestly though, don’t you agree that the assembly can sometimes be an equally fun part of a meal? The smells, the music, the cursing (when you realize a forgotten key ingredient), all adds to the anticipation of the final moment…when we sit down and enjoy the food. Today’s recipe will definitely fit this bill.

As you know, we’re in the middle of a series, America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches…Veganized! So far, the sandwiches we’ve featured have included:

  • Sandwich No. 10 the Vegan Spuckie Sandwich, prepared by Your Vegan Mom and featured a carrot salad on top of vegan deli slices.
  • Sandwich No. 9  the Bulgogi Steak Sandwich by Manifest Vegan showcased tender strips of marinated tofu topped with caramelized onions.
  • Sandwich No. 8, the Crispy Drunken Chicken Sandwich showcased two unique vegan recipes by Veggie Num Num and Epicurean Vegan who both provided recipes with sweet, spicy sauces.

But why, you may ask, are we doing this series?

No One Puts Vegans in a Corner!

It began with a ragtag group of vegans who found inspiration in the unlikeliest of places, a Huffington Post article featuring sandwiches loaded with fatty meats and artery-clogging cheeses. We wanted to show that America could do better! We wanted to show that vegans aren’t just sitting in the corner munching on sprouts!

Well, we actually do some of that too, but we can also prepare incredibly tasty meals. And that’s what we decided to prove with this series. So there you have it, we are sharing with you tasty and healthier versions of these cholesterol-laden sandwiches, one sandwich at a time! We’re calling it: America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches…Veganized!

Today is the fourth post in the series, Sandwich #7, The Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich. So yes, some assembly is required, but the prize at the end is definitely worth the ride!

A vegan Mac and Rib Sandwich is part of the series America's Top 10 New Sandwiches Veganized

Cheesy Mac and “Rib” Sandwich

This recipe was produced, prepared and photographed by Morgan at Little House of Veggies

Buttered sourdough baguette with cheesy macaroni, sweet BBQ seitan, and caramelized onions

Makes about 6 sandwiches

Sweet BBQ Seitan

About 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced seitan (made from scratch or store bought) combined with Morgan’s Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Morgan’s Sweet BBQ Sauce


  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbsp evaporated cane sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp molasses
  • cracked pepper


In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients over low heat and let simmer about 5 minutes. Take off of the heat. In a bowl combine the thinly-sliced seitan with the BBQ sauce and toss to coat well.

Mac and Cheese

Adapted slightly from my all time favorite recipe for mac and cheese from The Kind Life


  • 1 box of whole grain elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp Earth balance vegan butter
  • salt and pepper


Cook noodles according to package directions. While the noodles cook, mix all the rest of the ingredients in a blender or Vitamix until smooth. Drain the pasta and then mix the sauce with the pasta to coat.

Caramelized Onions


  • 3 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp evaporated cane sugar
  • salt and pepper


In a heavy skillet, start heating the oil over medium high heat. Add the thinly-sliced onions, sugar, salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for about 45 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very brown, sweet, and tender.

Sandwich Assembly:

  • Sourdough or french baguette
  • Sweet BBQ seitan
  • creamy macaroni and cheese
  • caramelized onions
  • earth balance butter
  • fresh cracked pepper

Cut baguettes into about 6 inch pieces. Toast and “butter” the inside of both sides with Earth Balance butter. Make sure all the other ingredients are warmed upon assembling the sandwich and add a little macaroni, BBQ seitan, and caramelized onions to each sandwich. Add extra freshly-cracked pepper on the top. You can try to pick the whole thing up to devour it, or you can take our suggestion and eat with a knife and fork! — Morgan


We hope you enjoyed this fourth post in our series of America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches…Veganized! We’ll be publishing another recipe next week so stay tuned.

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