Attention allllll my Mac-n-Cheese lovers!
I had been on the hunt for a dairy free mac-n-cheese recipe for a long time because…. Well.. who doesn’t like the cheesy goodness and do I really need a reason? Most recipes I had come across had some sort of artificial cheese/processed ingredient that ends up tasting like cardboard and chemicals. Yum. Not!
Fear not! I discovered the most amazing mac-n-cheese recipe. What makes it so awesomely delicious? Well not only is it totally all natural with no artificial or processed ingredients, but it tastes like something you would get a gourmet restaurant. Did I mention that it is VEGAN and HEALTHY! Internet high five to all my dairy/lactose intolerant peeps out there! In my opinion it is hands down the best recipe I have tried which includes any restaurant quality mac-n-cheese I have tried (and suffered afterwards).
EVERYONE needs to try this recipe right now!
The secret is the cashews and nutritional yeast. If you haven’t heard of or tried nutritional yeast, do yourself a favor and get familiar with it. Nutritional yeast is all natural, low-fat, low sodium, non-GMO, with a mild nutty/cheesy flavor. It’s deelish on popcorn!
I used the quinoa pasta she recommended which cooks up and tastes just like regular pasta. Bonus: It’s gluten free.
For the cheese sauce:
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
3 T. fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 clove garlic
pinch of turmeric
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. mustard (dijon or yellow) I used yellow
Start boiling your water for pasta. If using a Vita-mix, throw all your ingredients in the blender and blend away. If using a food processor (which is what I used), process your cashews FIRST until the cashews have a cashew/nut butter consistency (this will take a few minutes).
Then blend the rest of your other ingredients together. Cook pasta as you normally would. If using the same brand, it cooks up pretty quickly so keep an eye on it.
Once your pasta is cooked to your liking, drain and return to pot. Mix cheese sauce and pasta. Thats it!
*She gives instructions on how to bake your mac-n-cheese which I am not a fan of. She also gives some other suggestions of things to add in.
This recipe makes a ton of the cheese sauce so I like to coat my pasta with enough sauce and then save the rest to use as a dip. Ahh helllloo queso! (she has a recipe on her blog for that too)
Detoxinista ——She is a genius and her blog is amazing. Check her out!