Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Vegan "Mac (Fusilli) n Cheese"
Creamy. Cheesy (ish). Nutty. Saucy. All nestling inside of each and every curve of the suave fusilli noodle.
Sounds pretty sexy, right? Sexy vegan "Mac" n' "Cheese."
But nah this little dish is really quite modest, in fact. Especially since I added frozen peas n' carrots. From sexy to modest to good ol' comfort food. The cheesy-ness comes from making a roux with a vegan butter substitute (I am definitely a big fan of Earth Balance "butter"), some flour, almond milk, and...drum roll please...NUTRITIONAL YEAST.
What the heck is nutritional yeast? Well, to me it looks like nasty yellow fish flakes. However it does provide a quite lovely (yet acquired) nutty taste and it is jam-packed with B vitamins, protein, and all sorts of good things for your bod.
Some love sprinkling nut. yeast on their toast or atop popcorn. I have not gotten there yet. I have, however, found myself basking in the goodness of nut. yeast melted into a "creamy" sauce sans actual cream.
And as always with mac n' cheese (and pasta dishes in general), bread crumb topping or homemade croutons are always welcome and enhance the dish.
Now let's get cooking!
(thanks, Chloe for the great recipe, check out her awesome website)
Chloe's Vegan Mac N' Cheese
makes, oh, 8? servings (yay lunch leftovers!!!!)
1 pound of the pasta of your choice
1/4 cup of soy-free Earth Balance
1/3 cup flour
3 cups nondairy milk (I used almond milk)
1 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I used marinara sauce because that was what I had on hand)
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder (I used fresh garlic)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
optional: frozen or fresh broccoli or peas n' carrots
also optional: bread crumbs or croutons
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. In a medium saucepan, make a roux by whisking the margarine and flour over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes (yes it looks solid and a bit clumpy, but keep whisking). Add nondairy milk, nut. yeast, tomato paste (or sauce), sea salt, and garlic. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently, then simmer the mixture until it thickens, about 5-10 more minutes. Stir in lemon juice and adjust seasonings to taste.
3. Toss the noodles with the sauce (and veggies, if using) and as Chloe says, "enjoy the sound of suctioning noodles as you mix."
mmm some smoky paprika might be nice! or maybe some pumpkin puree!!!