Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Vegan Garlic Mac N' Cheese

How can you go through the holidays without some savory vegan comfort food?! I have been wanting to try a new vegan mac n' cheese dish that isn't just made of carrots and potatoes, and THIS.IS.IT.

Cashews, nutritional yeast, roasted garlic, almond milk...aka Vegan HEAVEN!!

Let's talk Ingredients:

- 1 head of roasted garlic (this makes SUCH a flavor difference!!)
- 10 oz of any type of noodles you like. I used Organic Chickpea Fusilli, as well as a few ounces of lentil penne pasta to up the protein ;)
- 5 cloves of minced garlic
- 4 tbsp flour
- 2 cups original unsweetened almond milk
- Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
- 4+ tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Step 1:

I've honestly never roasted garlic in my life, so this was new for me. It's easy enough though. Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and cut off the top of the head of garlic. Wrap it loosely in foil and drizzle the top with some olive oil and salt. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour. If it's golden brown and smells up your entire home, it's ready! 

Step 2:

Make your pasta in the meantime. The chickpea pasta takes about 11 minutes. Set aside.

Step 3:

Time to make the amazing cheese sauce! Heat a large skillet over medium heat (I'd recommend a wide sauce pan so it doesn't overflow). Add 4 tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, and stir for a few minutes. Then add in the 4 tbsp of flour and whisk for another minute. You'll want to be quick, as it clumps rather fast.

Step 4:

Add almond milk 1/2 cup at a time, whisking until 2 cups have been added. Cook for a few minutes and then remove from heat.

Step 5:

Transfer sauce to a nutribullet and add 1/2 tsp of salt, pepper, your vegan parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, and the roasted garlic. You'll need to squeeze the bulb to push out the cloves. Blend everything until it's creamy. 

Step 6:

Return to skillet and warm up the sauce. Add your cooked pasta and mix the sauce to cover the noodles. Turn your oven on broil, get a small pyrex dish, put your cheesy noodles in the sprayed dish, and top with vegan parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Broil for about 1 minute (mine burned just a bit).

Step 7:

Serve right away! I made some roasted purple cauliflower to go on the side, and it's delicious with a bit of Sriracha on top!

This was absolutely AMAZING!! Please try it out and let me know your thoughts below!! If you have any holiday dishes you'd like me to veganize or make healthier, comment below or shoot me an email :)

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