Baked Vegan Green Chili & Jalapeno Creamy Nacho Mac & Cheese

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This is the exact same recipe as yesterday’s Vegan Stove Top Green Chili & Jalapeno Creamy Nacho Mac & Cheese – except I added panko & baked it.  I must say – it makes for a far prettier presentation – no?  That is the stove top version just above.  They taste the same – obviously, but the bread crumbs add a nice texture so – I recommend this baked one – enthusiastically – over the stove top.

Again – the flavor here is spicy-tart because of the chilies & jalapenos.  Add some hot sauce & boom!  Pretty awesome & genuinely spicy.

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Baked Vegan Green Chili & Jalapeno Creamy Nacho Mac & Cheese

Serves 4+

INGREDIENTS

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

S&P

1/4 cup vegan cheese shreds (I used Daiya) – TOTALLY optional

1-2 cups panko or other bread crumbs

Cilantro as garnish (optional)

Fresh jalapeno slices – as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

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.  Put into a casserole pan & cover with panko.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until the bread crumbs begin to brown.

Serve with extra chilies and/or jalapenos & a pinch of chili powder.  Cilantro might be nice, too.

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