Vegan Mac and "Cheese"

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Wanting a dairy free answer to that lovely dish Mac and Cheese? This dish hits the cheesy taste spot utilizing nutritional yeast! It's also really simple to make, taking about 10 minutes. 

Also this recipe is vegan AND gluten free! Dietary restrictions FTW!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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For this you will need

Pasta of your choice (i got gluten free pasta)
2 tbsp Vegan Margarine or Olive Oil
1 tbsp Braggs
4 tbsp or more of Nutritional Yeast
1/2 c. blanched almonds ( i got mine preblanched and chopped, you can blanch your own)

Step 2: Boil some water for pasta

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First boil some water for pasta, and start the pasta cooking. The pasta will cook while you are making the sauce.

If you need some help with cooking pasta, check out this lifehacker article I ran into the other week. 

Step 3: Blend the almonds

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Using warmed margarine or oil, blend the almonds in a food processor until well pulped. They should get nice and creamy. If they are having trouble, add some water. 

Step 4: Add Nutritional Yeast

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Add the nutritional yeast and blend a bunch more. it should be very creamy like alfredo sauce. Add pepper and braggs to taste. 

Step 5: Blend with pasta

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Once your pasta is done, drain it and put it in a bowl. The cover the pasta with the sauce and mix throughly. The pasta should be totally enveloped with gooey fake cheesiness. 

Step 6: Serve Immediately!

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Warning, this pasta will be very tasty, I've eaten myself sick on  the stuff. It really hits the spot. I added some sliced tomato to give a bit of veggies to it. You could add basil or any other veggies you want.

Thanks for reading, and please share your variations in the comments!
zzoe3 years ago
Eacon3 years ago
I would really like to try out this recipe, but I live in Europe and had to google Braggs. I really don't know where I could get it - could you recommend a substitute? Also: how much pasta did you use for this amount of sauce? Thanks
mcatbagan Eacon3 years ago
You can use soy sauce or tamari. I've seen similar recipes stating that those are options.

You could probably find it near the soy sauce at the super market or health food store. I only know this because that's where I had seen it at a local Whole Foods.
Heads-up: The reason for using Bragg's is that regular soy sauce is a no-no for most celiac/gluten-intolerant people as it contains wheat... I use San-J tamari which is expressly gluten-free. Tamari should be gluten-free as a matter of course but San-J is labeled as such.

BTW I find ground almonds in many recipes to be a bit gritty and where I live almonds are very expensive so instead I use blanched walnuts or cashews pulverized in a cheap coffee grinder I use only for nuts, spices and rice.
adrianspeak4 years ago
zazenergy4 years ago
This looks delicious. One question -- can you explain more about what nutritional yeast does? What are some other ways to use that. I don't think I've heard of it before.

angelabchua4 years ago
This looks delicious. I think im gonna make this this weekend!
This guy won the Vegan Mac & Cheese World Championship last year: http://vegworcester.com/2010/02/05/best-vegan-mac-and-cheese-recipe/
frenzy (author)  drewSaysGoVeg4 years ago
that looks awesome!