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Best Ever Vegan Mac-n-Cheese

No fake vegan cheeses with fillers here – these ingredients are FRESH! And trust me, this Mac and Cheese is INCREDIBLE, coming from someone who was totally obsessed with Mac and cheese as a kid! It’s been a journey with lots of recipe testing. I’ve taste-tested every vegan mac-n-cheese recipe out there, and the winning version for me combines ideas from various recipes. Pro tip: Make some extra sauce – it reheats like a dream the next day. Who’s ready for a cozy and guilt-free bowl of goodness?

Best Ever Vegan Mac-n-Cheese

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients:
1 box Andean Dream Quinoa Organic Elbow Pasta
1 tsp. sea salt
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 small white onion
1 medium organic Yukon Gold potato, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, smashed with knive but left intact
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup reserved water (see directions)
1 T. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 T. Miyoko’s Vegan Butter
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
freshly ground pepper
sea salt
Herbamare to taste

Directions: 

Cook pasta according to package directions, generously season the pasta water with sea salt.

Bring water to a boil in a medium stockpot, add a spoonful of sea salt and the chopped carrots, onions, garlic and potato. Reduce heat to a low rolling boil until vegetables are al dente. At this point, add the raw cashews to the pot and finish cooking until vegetables are fork tender, another 4-5 minutes or so. Before draining, reserve about 1/3 cup of the water to thin out sauce later if needed (you may not need, depending on how thick you prefer sauce).

Drain and transfer the boiled vegetables and cashews to blender. Add nutritional yeast, vegan butter, mustard, and generous amounts of freshly ground pepper and sea salt. Blend until smooth, adding the reserved water to thin out sauce if needed. Taste and adjust seasoning, fold sauce into cooked macaroni and serve hot. Sprinkle Herbamare to taste.

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