I used to love making macaroni and cheese back when I was eating dairy. Now I'm on the hunt for the best vegan mac & cheese recipes. None of them taste like traditional macaroni and cheese, but they are creamy and delicious, which gives you that feeling of comfort that you get from regular mac & cheese.
Here's a recipe I found on Kris Carr's website. It almost has a pizza taste to it. I like it! It's really creamy, and leftovers make a nice lunch the next day. I mixed the whole thing together and then just re-heated the rest the next day, but you could store the pasta and sauce separately if you wish.
You can start soaking your cashews in the morning so they're ready when you return home from work. I left out the garlic, but the original recipe has 2 cloves. Up to you. I also made my own little spice blend because I have no idea where to buy pizza spice mix.
I like to use kamut or brown rice pasta instead of the regular stuff, but any pasta would work. I also like to choose a shape that will hold the sauce, nothing too flat. Choose something with grooves or something twirly.
Roasted Red Pepper Mac & Cheese ( Vegan )
2 servings (4 if using as a side)
Adapted from Kris Carr
1/2 pound pasta
3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked
2 teaspoons avocado oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (I used about 3 – I like it)
1 roasted red pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Cook your pasta according to package directions. Save some of the cooking liquid.
Rinse your cashews and place them in a blender.
In a small pan over medium heat, sauté your onions in the oil for 5 minutes or so until they become translucent; then, transfer them to the blender along with all the other ingredients.
Blend on medium speed for a minute or two, until you see a beautiful creamy sauce.
Transfer the sauce back to the pot that you cooked the onions in and heat it through. It should thicken up. If it becomes too thick, you can add some of the pasta cooking liquid. Now you can stir the sauce into your pasta. It's easy right?! Yum!