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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.

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.
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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: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.3g | Protein: 9.7g | Fat: 13.7g | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 2.9g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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