My husband said it was the best [vegan] mac and cheese I ever made. I have to agree. I have made all the others…nutritional yeast based sauce, Daiya based cheddar cheese sauce with a roux, sweet potato, carrot & onion based sauce…this by far is the best, the easiest and the creamiest.
You do need a really good high speed blender. I have a vita-mix. It’s worth every penny if you’re serious about adopting a plant based diet or even just incorporating more plant based meals into your diet.
I got the recipe from one of the best recipe bloggers, the Detoxinista, but I also put the recipe below for those of you that don’t like to hop around to multiple websites. I have to say though, it’s worth a trip to her site to see her recipe collection.
Vegan Creamy Cashew Mac N Cheese Recipe
- For the cheese sauce:
1 1/2 cups raw cashews ( she did not say to soak them but I soaked mine in hot water for about 10 minutes, covered)
3 T. fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. chili powder ( I only used about 1/4 tsp)
1/2 clove garlic
pinch of turmeric
pinch of cayenne pepper ( I omitted)
1/2 tsp. mustard (dijon or yellow)
To make the cheese sauce, toss all of the ingredients (drain the cashews obviously) into your high speed blender. Add a little water as needed to get the sauce to your desired consistency. I like mine really thick and creamy. I had to stop the blender every now and then and mix the ingredients around with a spoon since it was so thick.
Boil up 16 ounces of your favorite pasta, I used cellantani.
Once your pasta is done boiling, simply drain the pasta, add it back to the pot and mix in your cheese sauce. This dish is best served immediately. As you store it the noodles absorb a lot of the sauce and it becomes less creamy. If that happens, add some warm water and mix it up before you re-heat it.
By choosing a plant based mac and cheese, you eliminate saturated fat, heart attack causing cholesterol, harmful lactose, casein and other dairy proteins, butter, etc. In return, cashews provide heart healthy unsaturated fat, loads of vitamins, minerals and disease preventing anti-oxidants.