I. Love. Carbs <3 The defining moment for me when I realized that I could in fact be a vegan, was when I found out that most boxed pastas have no animal products. So here we are, in dreamy, creamy mac n’ “cheese” land. I chose to take the most traditional approach I know, and veganized sauce mornay (sort of, sorry Chef Escoffier).
FIRST! Caramelize the onions and garlic in one tablespoon of the vegan butter. Do better than I did, cut them smaller. When they are golden brown and delicious, add the remaining two tablespoons of “butter”.
THEN! When it melts, sprinkle the flour on top and cook while stirring for 30 seconds. This method of thickening a sauce is called singer (sahn-jay), and is a lot faster and less fussy than making a roux (you dont wanna know).
NOW! Add your milk alternative, but be careful which you choose. Some of them say unsweetened, but they’re actually naturally very sweet! I would stay away from store bought cashew and almond. I used rice milk. Let this cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce holds its shape when you run your finger across the back of the spoon. This degree of thickness is called nappe, and is the gold standard for dream-worthy sauces.
Now, add the nutritional yeast and shredded vegan cheese. Stir in your pasta and serve it however you want to! I love cracked black pepper and smoked paprika on mine, but the world is your pot of freshly made mac n “cheese”.
Vegan Mac n' Cheese
It's dreamy... it's creamy... and its VEGAN?! Plus, with only 7 ingredients, it couldn't be simpler to get this one pot meal on the table for dinner tonight.
- 3 Tablespoons vegan butter, divided
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 Tablespoons Flour
- 2 cups soy milk
- 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 cup vegan cheese
- Half a box of shell pasta, cooked
- Step 1 1. Melt one tablespoon of the vegan butter on medium heat, then add the onions.
- Step 2 2. Cook and stir for 10 minutes, until the onions are golden brown and delicious.
- Step 3 3. Sprinkle with the flour and stir, then add the soy milk. Bring it all to a simmer.
- Step 4 4. Remove the sauce from the heat and immediately add the nutritional yeast and the vegan cheese.
- Step 5 5. Toss with the cooked pasta and serve however you like! I love mine with black pepper and smoked paprika on top for a savory kick, but roasted veggies would also make a great add!