Vegan Mac and Cheese with Nutritional Yeast

Vegan Mac and Cheese with Nutritional Yeast

Total Time: 00h 30m
Hands-on Time: 00h 30m
Makes: 4 servings

Nutritional yeast makes a great cheese substitute when it comes to many things. Try it in mac ‘n cheese for a creamy, cheese like sauce that’s even easier to make than the classic.

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  1. Start by making the garlic-herb breadcrumbs. Place 1 tablespoon vegan butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add breadcrumbs, parsley, basil and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Toss with a spatula to evenly coat mixture with butter. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, place remaining 1 tablespoon vegan butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, add onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until softened.
  4. Add flour, remaining 1 teaspoon garlic powder and smoked paprika; stir until combined and absorbed by the butter-onion mixture.
  5. Slowly add nut milk, whisking as you pour.
  6. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, whisking frequently until thickened.
  7. Drain pasta and rinse under warm water. Return pasta to pan and remove from heat.
  8. Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to sauce mixture; whisk until smooth and combined.
  9. Pour nutritional yeast sauce over pasta and stir gently to coat.
  10. Serve immediately, topped with the garlic-herb breadcrumbs.
  1. For a heartier dish, try adding cooked vegan sausage, peas or broccoli. You can also adjust spices in the nutritional yeast sauce. For a spicy sauce, add cayenne pepper and chipotle. For an herb sauce, try basil, oregano and parsley.