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Nothing says comfort food like a giant bowl of macaroni & cheese.
And our version is carbs on carbs on carbs. It's incredible.
It's more wholesome than the tradition varieties, thanks to the addition of sweet potatoes, cashews and broccoli.
It's one of my favourite meals for a cozy night. Hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!
Vegan Mac & 'Cheese'
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free
Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 40 min (not including soaking time)
4 cups (400 g) shell pasta, dry (gluten-free if desired)
2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup (30 g) all-purpose plain flour
3 cups (750 mL) unsweetened plant-based milk*
3 yellow potatoes, peeled, cubed
2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed
½ cup (65 g) raw cashews, soaked overnight**
3 Tbsp (25 g) nutritional yeast
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp (15 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
1 Tbsp (4 g) dried rosemary
2 tsp (10 mL) dijon mustard
1 tsp (4 g) salt
Pepper to taste
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
Quick garlic bread crumbs
½ cup (45 g) bread crumbs
2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Sriracha hot sauce
Cook pasta in salted boiling water, until al dente. Set aside to add when the sauce is ready.
While the pasta is cooking, steam the sweet potatoes and potatoes until fork tender. This will take about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the olive oil and garlic to large pot on medium heat until lightly golden, about 1 minute.
Then add the flour and stir in to form a paste. Mash and stir the paste for about 1 minute, or until golden, stirring constantly to avoid burning. In a slow and steady stream, add the plant-milk, stirring throughout.
Then add the remaining ingredients: steamed potatoes, cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, soy sauce, rosemary, mustard and salt. Using an immersion blender, blend until it achieves a creamy consistency; or transfer to a blender and blend, then return to the pot.
Add this point, add in the broccoli florets and cook in the cheese sauce for 2-3 minutes.
Add the macaroni and to the sauce, and mix to coat. Your cozy mac & 'cheese' is ready!
Optional topping - bread crumbs:frying pan heat the oil in a small on medium heat, and add the garlic to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until golden, and then add the bread crumbs. Stir constantly for another 1-2 minutes, until the bread crumbs are crunchy. Remove from heat and sprinkle over your mac & 'cheese'. Enjoy!
*Nutrition tip: try to use a plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium (offers approximately 120 mg calcium per 100 mL serving). For more information on calcium, check out our post.
**Speed-it-up: if you forgot to soak the cashews overnight, let it soak in boiled water for 10 minutes, then drain. Cook the potatoes ahead of time to speed this meal up!
Variations: use frozen peas instead of broccoli.
Storage: store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.
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