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OK – this vegan mac & cheese thing is a work in progress. My first effort was my Fast and Easy Stove Top Vegan Mac and Cheese – seen immediately above – steaming away. That one there relied heavily on nutritional yeast for the cheesy flavor but nutritional yeast has a very specific flavor & is not a hit with everyone – so – I made up a new recipe using far less of it. You could even eliminate it altogether. This one relies more on the green chilies and jalapeno for flavor – the way movie theater nachos kinda do. Again – this is not going to fool a cheese-eater into believing they are eating real cheese but for vegans & for those of us weaning our way there – this is pretty good stuff! This is the stove-top version. I will post a baked version tomorrow.
Vegan Stove Top Green Chili & Jalapeno Creamy Nacho Mac & Cheese
12-16 oz pasta – cooked & drained
1 cup potato – cubed
1/2 cup carrots – sliced
1 cup raw cashews – soaked 4-6 hours or overnight
1/2 small onion – diced
3 garlic cloves – sliced
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS nutritional yeast (optional)
3 oz diced green chilies (from a can – spice level is your call) – plus extra as garnish
3 oz jalapenos (from a can – spice level is your call)
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 TBS turmeric
1/4 cup vegan cheese shreds (I used Daiya) – TOTALLY optional
Cilantro as garnish (optional)
First of all – this recipe makes more “cheese” than you will likely need for your pasta – so be prepared to use some as a nacho dip or something. I made a lot so I could try baking it, too. Those results soon.
Cook & drain the pasta. Set aside.
In the same pot, boil the carrots & potatoes about ten minutes or until very soft. Drain & set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Saute the onions until soft then add the garlic & saute another minute.
In a blender – puree everything except the pasta. Puree until VERY smooth. You might need to add some water to thin it out so it blends well. Season to taste.
In the pot you used to cook the pasta – toss the pasta with the cheese sauce. Stir & heat through.
Serve with extra chilies and/or jalapenos & a pinch of chili powder. Cilantro might be nice, too.