Easy Cheesy Vegan Mac

2016-10-12
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 10m

fullsizerender-19Macaroni and cheese was always one of my favorite meals as a kid. Whether it was the homemade or boxed, elbow pasta or limited edition character shaped, when it was mac and cheese night I knew it was going to be a good day. After adopting a plant-based diet I searched high and low for a similar version of this dish. This recipe has proved to be a cheap, easy way to achieve that same satisfying and filling dinner I had when I was a kid.

I try to incorporate nutritional yeast in many of my dishes whether it be for a little extra cheesy flavor on top of some veggies or to create recipes that mimic my old favorites like “cheesy” stuffed shells or this super creamy mac! I used penne for this recipe, but using shells and elbows provides an even more classic mac and cheese experience . Or, on the flip side –  pour the plant-based cheesy drizzle over some quinoa for a protein-packed twist!

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Ingredients

  • 8-10oz pasta of choice ( I used quinoa penne)
  • 1 & 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 T spelt flour (can sub for white)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t chipotle powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • Salt to taste

Method

Step 1

1. Cook pasta according to box directions.

Step 2

2. In a seperate frying pan, heat oil and flour in a saucepan on medium heat, whisking frequently.

Step 3

3. Once fully incorperated, add milk, whisking constantly until a thick sauce forms (about 8 minutes).

Step 4

4. Once combine, turn off heat and stir in nutritional yeast, spices and salt to taste.

Step 5

5. Pour over prepared pasta of choice and mix thoroughly.

Step 6

6. If desired, top with red pepper flakes for a bit of added heat. Enjoy!

My name is Lauren Bossi; I run Track & Field at the University of Hartford in CT. I've got a passion for running and plant-based eats. When I'm not wandering around the aisles of the grocery store I enjoy cooking, baking, photography, pun-writing and tag-saling.

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