If you are looking for some vegan comfort food, this is your recipe. You don’t have to be a vegan or even a vegetarian to enjoy a vegan meal once in a while. This pasta dish delivers a big bowl of comfort and is a stick-to-your ribs kind of meal, perfect for these winter months.
I’m not going to try to pass this off as a macaroni and cheese knock off. If you prepare this thinking it’s going to taste just like the real thing, you will be disappointed. When I want macaroni and cheese, I make this.
When I want a lower-calorie, more nutrient-dense meal, I experiment with vegan pasta dishes.
I’ve never had great luck with making a vegan “cheeze” sauce. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every last recipe out there, and something was always off. I tweaked and changed ingredients, but never did I find a sauce I would ever have considered putting on my blog.
A couple of things work together with this sauce to create a great, vegan, creamy sauce that gives you that comforting, mac n cheese kind of feel.
The first thing I did differently was use some of the salted pasta water instead of a non-dairy milk. No non-dairy milks are neutral enough for me and I think that is what left so many of the other sauces I’ve tried tasting off. Using water lends a more mild, mellow flavor.
The soaked cashews give the sauce plenty of creaminess, and are subtly, but not overpoweringly, sweet.
Nutritional yeast adds flavor along with B vitamins (most brands include B12!), minerals, and a complete protein source. If you aren’t familiar with nutritional yeast, it’s yellow and looks a bit like fish food. Don’t let that scare you. You can find it in the natural/organic or bulk section of your grocery store. If you can’t find it at your regular grocery store, you can definitely get it at any health food store. I also have some for sale in my Amazon store.
The best part about this recipe is that it serves up a hearty, comforting, and nutritious meal in 20 minutes. You can’t go wrong with a quick and healthy dinner!
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, have a family member who can’t tolerate dairy, or you just like trying healthy, new recipes, I hope you’ll give this one a try.Print