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Vegan Mac And Cheese

by Nick Makrides
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My Vegan Mac And Cheese, dare I say it, is better than it’s dairy cousin! So cheesy, easy to make and an amazing make ahead of time weekday dinner option! Who said eating vegan means you have to miss out? Did I mention how packed full of flavor it is too? Roasted garlic and pumpkin with two types of cheese and warm notes of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. Yum!

 

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My favourite thing about this vegan mac n cheese!

I absolutely love how yummy and cheesy this recipe is. As someone who eats cheese, it always astounds me how far vegan ingredients have come. In some cases, vegan recipes are yummier! His recipe is super cheesy which is what you want from a recipe like this. I think the pumpkin just ads another note of richness to this recipe not to mention a lovely yellow colour.

Vegan Mac N Cheese in a frypan

What are the ingredients I need?

Pumpkin puree – you can use canned pumpkin puree, the same you use for making pie. Alternatively you can make your own by roasting a pumpkin (skin facing up) in the oven on 150C / 310F for 1 hour. Allow to cool down, the scop the pumpkin into a food processor and process until super smooth.

Olive oil – I used extra virgin olive oil.

Garlic – freshly minced is best.

Corn starch – otherwise known as corn flour.

Almond milk – oat or rice milk will also work.

Salt – I used fine salt.

Sage leaves – fresh is best.

Nutritional yeast – comes in a yellow powdered/flake that has a strong salty/cheese flavor and can be found in the health food section of most supermarkets.

Vegan parmesan cheese – this can be found in the fridge section of most supermarkets.

Nutemeg – I use pre-gound but freshly ground is best.

Cinnamon – I used powdered.

Red pepper flakes – this is optional but ads a tiny bit of heat. Not spiciness.

Macaroni pasta – any type of pasta will work for this recipe but honestly, this is the classic pasta for this recipe.

Vegan Mac N Cheese in a frypan

My Top Tips!

Storage

Pasta can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Pumpkin Purée

If you’re making your own, then preheat your oven to 150°C / 300°F. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Peel your pumpkin and cut out the middle with the seeds. Chop into rough chunks, about the same size to ensure even cooking time. Bake for 60 minutes and allow to cool. Add to a high-speed blender with the peeled, baked garlic or food processor with a little almond milk and blitz until completely smooth.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

I bought the Bio brand one from Woolworths in Australia.

Toasted Sage

I simply added my roughly chopped sage to a skillet on medium high heat with a tsp of olive oil and toasted it until aromatic.

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Vegan Mac N Cheese in a frypan

Vegan Mac N Cheese

Serves 4

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree see notes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups almond or rice milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 sage leaves toasted (see notes)
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup vegan parmesan cheese see notes
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 300 g macaroni pasta or anything similar


Instructions

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  • If you’re making your own pumpkin puree, then see notes below. Use the same oven temperature (150°C / 300°F) to bake your garlic cloves for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding to the blender with the pumpkin.
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Make sure you salt your water well! Once the pasta is cooked, drain and drizzle with a little olive oil.
  • To make the sauce add the pumpkin and garlic puree to a high-speed blender along with the arrowroot starch, almond/rice milk, salt, sage, nutritional yeast, vegan parmesan, freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon and red pepper flakes. Blend on high until completely smooth.
  • Pour the sauce into a deep skillet and cook on medium heat until the sauce thickens. If you feel it needs to be thinner at any point, even after you’ve added the pasta, add a little bit of milk and mix until you get the consistency you like!
  • Add the pasta and stir to combine. Serve with more vegan cheese and some more chopped and toasted sage. You could even sprinkle some toasted pine nuts on top!

Notes

Storage
Pasta can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
 
Pumpkin Purée
If you’re making your own, then preheat your oven to 150°C / 300°F. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Peel your pumpkin and cut out the middle with the seeds. Chop into rough chunks, about the same size to ensure even cooking time. Bake for 60 minutes and allow to cool. Add to a high-speed blender with the peeled, baked garlic or food processor with a little almond milk and blitz until completely smooth.
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
I bought the Bio brand one from Woolworths in Australia.
 
Toasted Sage
I simply added my roughly chopped sage to a skillet on medium high heat with a tsp of olive oil and toasted it until aromatic.

Nutrition

Calories : 371kcal
Carbonhydrates: 65g
Protein: 16g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 3g
Sodium: 589mg
Potassium : 403mg
Fiber: 5g
Sugar : 2g
Vitamin A: 38IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 21mg
Iron: 2mg
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