Mac and Cheese Muffins

Serves 24

40 Minute Prep Time

By Tara Doyle on December 28, 2015 , categorized in Dinner, Sides & Appies

Replace that boring sandwich in your kids lunches with this twist on everyone’s favorite Mac n’ Cheese.  These muffin tin wonders would also be great for a quick dinner or as a party appie. They are also easy for your family to make together. Gluten-free? Look for great new alternative gluten-free pastas on the market, beyond rice and corn. Hello quinoa and black beans!

Ingredients

  • 1 package whole wheat or gluten-free macaroni pasta
  • Cheese Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp non-dairy butter
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 Tbsp nutritional yeast (or 1 cup non-dairy cheese)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350F.

  2. Put a large pot of salted water to boil.

  3. While waiting for the water to boil, start your cheese sauce.

  4. Heat a medium pot on medium head and add non-dairy butter. Let melt.

  5. Add flour and stir until well mixed and bubbly being careful not to scorch. Add almond milk, stirring until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil. Turn down heat.

  6. Add pasta to pot of boiling water and cook to package directions. Strain and rinse thoroughly (only rinse if using gluten-free pasta). Add pasta back to pot and top with cheeze sauce and peas.

  7. Mix thoroughly and add more salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Spray muffin tins lightly and scoop pasta mixture in to each cup until full. Top with breadcrumbs.

  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tops are golden brown. You can also broil for 5 minutes at the end to brown further. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before enjoying.

Tara Doyle

Vega Art Director Tara Doyle is Certified in Plant-Based Cooking and loves experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen, and nourishing her family and friends. A busy mom, Tara is passionate about teaching kids of all ages about healthy eating, and growing and cooking their own food. When not cooking, working, or hanging out with her son, she can be found completing a WOD at CrossFit, shredding powder on her skis, or playing a game of beach volleyball with friends.

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