Mac n Cheese

  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 35m

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This recipe is inspired from The New Farm Cookbook which was an awesome hippy-dippy  vegetarian book written in the ’80s. I added some fresh ingredients and some tasty Beanfields chips and made it even more perfect.

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  • 3 1/2 cups pasta
  • Your choice steamed veggies
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 bag of nacho Beanfields chips
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain the cooked pasta (save the water) and set aside. Steam veggies and set aside.

Step 2

In a saucepan, melt margarine over medium heat. Add onions and saute until they become translucent. Whip in the flour and mix it thickens and becomes a roux.

Step 3

Stir boiling water (I like to use the boiling water from cooked pasta) into the roux. Add salt, soy sauce, garlic, turmeric, nutritional yeast and stir until the sauce thickens. Once it thickens, stir in half of your Beanfields chips.

Step 4

Sprinkle top with paprika, red chili flakes, other half of Beanfields chips, and bread crumbs (if using).

Step 5

Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy. My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy, 'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways... we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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