Vegan Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 500g elbows / curls / macaroni pasta
  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 zucchinis, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 3 small-medium potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to your taste)
  • Small pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water (and additional as required)
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: Bio Cheese / Daiya Cheese for the final 'melty' touches!

Method

  • Preheat oven to 190°C*
  • Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, and cook your pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Steam both the broccoli and zucchini while your pasta cooks - these should only take 3-4 minutes because of their finely chopped state.
  • Meanwhile, in medium-sized frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, stirring until the onion is translucent (~5min).
  • Add the grated potato, all three powders, salt and chilli flakes. Stir to combine and cook, continually stirring, for roughly 1 minute (to enhance flavours).
  • Add the cashews and water, stirring to combine. Let the pan come to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat as necessary (to avoid boiling) until the potato is tender and cooked through (~8min).
  • Pour the fry pan mixture into your blender/processor. Add the nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth (~2min). If required for a smoother consistency, add water in 1/4 cup increments until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Add additional salt and/or vinegar to taste.
  • Pour the pasta, greens and sauce into a bowl and stir until well combined, then transfer to an oven-proof bake dish.
  • If desired*, add cheese to the top of your macaroni dish before heating it in the oven (middle shelf) for 15-20min (or until cheese has melted).

* if you are not adding any cheese (vegan or otherwise), you can absolutely skip the oven baking step at the end of your recipe.

Oven baking will allow the top of your macaroni to become crisp and golden regardless of the addition of cheese, so it’s entirely up to you how you would prefer your consistency. Oven baking does however allow some moisture to be removed from the dish, which is preferential if you would prefer to slice your macaroni into firm squares and take it with you.

Regular cheese is also completely fine if you so wish to use it!

 

Gluten free adaptable:
Use gluten free macaroni (or try pulse pasta as an alternative)