Vegan Mac and Cheese

Serves 4

20 Minute Prep Time

By Morgan Shupe on January 5, 2015 , categorized in Dinner, Lunch

vegan macaroni and cheese

Chef Morgan is sharing one of the most popular dishes to have ever graced the Vega HQ kitchen— Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! This vegan version of the comfort-food favorite is made with a cashew “cheese” sauce and gluten-free noodles. Plan for leftovers—it’s just as delicious reheated the next day. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz package of gluten-free pasta of choice, cooked al dente
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Spiced Nut & Seed Topping :
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Cheese Sauce :
  • 1½ cup raw cashews, soaked for two hours (or overnight)
  • 1¾ cups water
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).

  2. Add pasta, cherry tomatoes and spinach into a large bowl, set aside.

  3. Mix together all the topping ingredients. Taste and adjust flavor as desired. Set aside.

  4. In blender, combine all of the cheese sauce ingredients except for ¾ cup of water and blend until creamy. Add remaining water and blend again. Taste and adjust flavor as desired.

  5. Add cheese sauce to pasta, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Mix well.

  6. In a large baking dish, pour pasta mixture and cover with topping. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, check after 15 minutes if topping is darkening too much for your liking, cover with foil. If using individual baking dishes, bake for 10 – 15 minutes less.

  7. When done, let cool about 10 minutes and serve.

Morgan Shupe

Morgan Shupe is a Vancouver chef, freelance recipe developer and regular contributor to Vega’s Expert Panel. Her amazingly delicious plant-based recipes for meals and smoothies are well-renowned at the Vega HQ kitchen—where she was formerly Vega’s Chef.

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