Macaroni and cheese is an American classic dish. We all grew up loving the Kraft out of the box kind or our own mother’s homemade recipe. Either way, it’s not a dish most people would want to give up. If you are vegan, cheese is obviously out of the question. Also, the good “mac-n-cheese” recipes are loaded with dairy and saturated fat. This version is Nut-free, vegan, mainly organic and delicious.
Now don’t expect this to replicate the taste you are used to, it’s a bit different – but in a good way! It even is approved by kids. My 12-year old brother, the most picky person in the world loved it.
Adapted from the Popsugar recipe.
4 tbsp. Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread
3 cups organic vegetable broth
1/4 whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. turmeric
Salt and pepper as needed for taste
1 cup nutritional yeast*
1 pound organic sprouted whole grain elbow pasta**
2 tbsp. Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread
1/2 – 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium/large pot (or dutch oven) melt the first 4 tbsp. of earth balance butter over low-medium heat. Pour the vegetable brother in after completely melted. Then add the flour, in small increments until smooth. Use a whisk to mix.
Add soy-sauce, garlic powder, paprika, turmeric, salt & pepper. After completely stirred in, pour the nutritional yeast into the pot. Mix until the sauce is creamy and smooth.
Add the cooked elbows into the sauce and mix until completely covered. You can stop at this point and serve if you like a creamy mac-n-cheeze.
If not, transfer mixture into a 13×9 baking dish.
Melt the remaining 2 tbsp. of earth balance buttery spread and drizzle over macaroni. Spread the bread crumbs over the dish and put into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. When done, let it rest for 5 minutes for optimum taste and temperature.
*Nutritional yeast, also known as Yeast Flakes can be found at health food grocers. They have a bulk amounts in those places. In your local grocery store, like my Wegmans, you can find smaller bottles of it.
** Sprouted pasta takes half the time to cook and it is much healthier, this can be found at the health/nutrition isle in your grocery store. These sprouted pasta elbows are interchangeable with normal elbows.