Thursday, October 2, 2008


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The weather changed abruptly today and we have dark clouds, wind and rain (not really that cold, though). This makes my thoughts turn to homey vegan comfort food. What could be more homey than mac'n'cheese (or cheeze)?

I'm always trying to improve on my vegan macaroni and cheese recipe. I think I have two different recipes published in books, and probably more online somewhere. This latest is creamy and yummy, and it can be be made both soy-free and gluten-free, if need be. It's good both plain and with additions, such as the broccoli suggested in my recipe. But why not add red peppers, vegetarian "ham", vegetarian "sausage", olives...?

Printable Recipe

Servings: 6
For a spicy version, add some canned chipotle pepper to taste and maybe some Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage.

8 oz macaroni or penne (can be whole wheat; can be gluten-free)

Cooked Mixture for Sauce:
1 1/2 cups plain (original) nondairy milk
1/2 cup extra-firm silken tofu  
OR (for soy-free):
1/4 cup raw cashews plus 1/4 cup more non-soy, non-dairy milk instead of the tofu (soak the cashews in hot water for 5 minutes and drain before blending)
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
OR, for gluten-free, use GF oat flour, or  white rice flour (or mochiko-- sweet rice flour)
1 tsp chicken-style vegetarian broth powder or paste (see info here)
1 tsp salt

Additional Ingredients for Sauce:
1 cup water (OR use 3/4 cup water + 1/4 cup beer or dry white wine)
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper (from a jar, rinsed) (OR 1 tsp. paprika)
1 1/2 Tbs white miso
1 tsp Dijon mustard OR 1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder or granules
freshly-ground black pepper to taste

8 to 16 oz broccoli or cauliflower flowerettes, sliced into thin slices and blanched (partially-cooked)

1/2 cup breadcrumbs (panko is fine; can be gluten-free bread or fine cracker crumbs)
oil from a pump-sprayer

Boil the macaroni in lots of salted water until tender, but al dente. Drain. (If you are using the broccoli, prepare that as directed and set aside.)

While the macaroni cooks, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Mix the "Cooked Mixture for Sauce" ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium, heavy saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until it thickens and boils; turn down and simmer on low for a few minutes.

MICROWAVE OPTION: Pour the mixture a 1 qt. microwave-safe bowl measuring pitcher. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Whisk. Microwave for 2 more minutes. Whisk. Microwave for 2 minutes more.

Rinse out the blender.

Place the "Additional Ingredients for Sauce" into the blender. Add the Cooked Mixture to the blender. Process until very smooth.

In a large bowl, mix the cooked macaroni (and broccoli, if using) and the sauce together well. (It will seem like you have too much sauce, but, don't worry, the pasta will soak it up!) Scoop the mixture into a "buttered" (with Earth Balance) 2 qt. casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the breadcrumbs and spray lightly with oil from a spray-pump. Bake for about 30 minutes (uncovered). Serve hot.

(Nutrition Facts were calculated using Silk Original soymilk, silken tofu, whole wheat macaroni, and panko, with the optional broccoli.)

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving):
357.8 calories; 27% calories from fat; 11.9g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 648.6mg sodium; 561.7mg potassium; 50.4g carbohydrates; 7.6g fiber; 2.2g sugar; 42.8g net carbs; 18.4g protein; 7.3 points.



Binx said...

you are so right, this is mac'n'cheese season! i've already made a batch one this week, and i'll have to try your recipe next. Yuuummm!

KitteeBee said...

welcome to vegan mofo, bryanna! i'm so glad you're joining us this year! make sure you post on isa's blog so she will add you to the RSS feed!

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks, kittee! I did leave a comment at the ppk blog!

Sheree' said...

I love and have been craving some mac and cheeze for the past couple weeks. I am going to make this for sure. I am so excited you are on board with MoFo. You are an awesome cook and bring such great recipes and ideas to all of us. Yeepee!

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

This dish looks so creamy and dreamy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

JohnP said...

This looks great, Bryanna! I will have to try it soon!

Bethany said...

Yum! I can't wait to try this one out. I have many favorite versions of mac 'n cheese and this one looks like it's going on the list.

ps. have to say that I thought you were great on the everyday dish DVD.

Cicada Boom said...

Oh, wow! I made this today, and it was by far the best vegan "mac'n'cheeze' I've ever had...and I've tried them all. This stuff is so creamy and delicious! Thanks for the great recipe.

IsaChandra said...

I'm happy you've joined, too! And happy that you have a gazillion mac n cheeze recipes.

narf7 said...

Now THIS is a keeper sauce! I might not be eating pasta but I can use this to make an amazing veggie bake ;). Cheers Bryanna and can't wait to get your new book :)