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Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.

Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.

I’m working on getting the tulip-man to like, nay, accept the American food classics. You know, ranch dressing, Frank’s Red Hot, breakfast tacos…the good stuff. And while I’ve had *minor* success with some of them, there’s one that I just can’t get him on board with…macaroni and cheese.

I love mac ‘n’ cheese. For reference, when I was little my mom once asked me what my favorite food was that “started with a P”. My answer? “Pah-macaroni-and-cheese!” (Meanwhile, tulip-man is all “Pah-no-thank-you”.) We can’t all be perfect.

And after having some seriously tasty success with vegan cheese during nutritional yeast week, I decided to give it a go in a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. The result? OMG guys, so much yum.

Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.

Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese

Cheesy, crispy, and ultra-creamy…you need this Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac n’ Cheese in your life. You didn’t know it, but now you do.
Course Main Dishes, Pastas, Side Dishes
Diet Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Game Day, Thanksgiving
Time 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 324 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews 150 g, soaked
  • 3 cups dry macaroni 300 g
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 carrot roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast 30 g
  • ¼ tsp each chili cumin, salt, smoked paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup water 240 mL
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 25 g
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • Pinch each salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Prep: Soak cashews in water overnight (or in very hot water for 1 hour). Cook macaroni al dente. Meanwhile, broil jalapeno on top rack of oven until blackened, then remove skin, ribs, and seeds. Finally, add carrots and a few tablespoons of water to a microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until fork tender, about 4 minutes. Drain water.
  2. Macaroni Time: In a blender, combine cashews, de-seeded jalapeno, drained carrot, nutritional yeast, spices, garlic, and water to a blender. Blend until smooth. Combine with cooked macaroni.
  3. Get Crispy (optional, but recommended): Transfer macaroni mixture to an oven-safe dish. Combine panko, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then sprinkle on top of macaroni. Broil until golden brown on top, just a few minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Jalapeno Vegan Mac 'n' Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.7g 21%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Potassium 267mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 42.3g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g 10%
Sugars 2.9g
Protein 9.7g 19%
Calcium 2%
Iron 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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