Who doesn’t love Mac and cheese?
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love mac and cheese. Whether you can handle it as a main dish or a side like myself, it is the ultimate comfort food. This version is super healthy in comparison to most, as there’s no vegan cheese substituted. Now I know what you’re thinking, cheese is the main component so how can you make it without cheese?
Nutritional Yeast, Lemon Juice & Salt = Cheese
Don’t ask me how it works, but the combination of nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt give this mac and cheese it’s creamy cheesy flavouring. If you don’t have nutritional yeast, at home, you can still make it but you will miss that ‘cheesy’ flavouring. As well as nutritional yeast creating a cheesy sauce, it also has a number of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
- Dairy free & Gluten Free
- Amazing source of vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein.
- The strain of yeast in nutritional yeast can support the immune system and reduce inflammation resulting from bacterial infection
- Combat hair loss, brittle nails and help reduce acne
Is this Mac and Cheese also Gluten free as well as Vegan
Yes, yes and YES! You just need to make sure that the pasta you buy is gluten free. Alternatively, why not serve this sauce over zucchini ‘noodles’, spaghetti squash or even cauliflower florets?
Vegan Mac and No Cheese Recipe
- 200 g Pasta
- 80 g Cashews
- 250 ml Water
- 1 tsp Mustard
- 1/2 Lemon
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Cayenne
- 1/2 tsp Hot Chilli Powder
- Boil some water and add the pasta – Simmer for 10-15 depending on the pasta
- Add the cashews, water, nutritional yeast, lemon, garlic clove, paprika, cayenne, and chilli powder to a blender
- Blend for 1-2 minutes until fully blended (Cheese Sauce)
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain and then return back to the pan with the 'cheese' sauce
- Mix the sauce with the pasta and serve with some black pepper
Can I use any other Nuts in this Recipe?
Cashew nuts are recommended for this vegan mac and cheese, as all nuts have a slightly different taste. You can experiment with some almonds or macadamia nuts, however be prepared that they may not have the same taste.
Can I Bake this Mac and Cheese?
Sure, you just need to preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for 20 minutes. Adding some breadcrumbs and baking can give you an extra level of texture. You can also add vegetables to this dish to make it a complete meal such as broccoli, mushrooms and cauliflower.
I absolutely love spicy food, however if you’re not a fan of the heat you can switch this recipe up. Reduce the amount of cayenne pepper, mustard and chilli powder you add and add on some extra black pepper at the end.
Can you Freeze Vegan Mac and Cheese?
Absolutely! You can freeze it once it has cooled down if you’ve made a larger batch. I do find it tastes better straight out the pan. 🙂
This was one of the first recipes I tried when I turned vegan and I loved how easy it was! I hope you love this vegan and gluten free mac and cheese recipe as much as I do. As well as being super creamy, quick and delicious this recipe has a fraction of the amount of calories a typical mac and cheese has. If you’re a newbie vegan transitioning to a vegan diet, go check out my blog – step by step guide on how to transition to a vegan diet.
Let me know if you do try it and comment below to whether you enjoyed it!
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