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In the wintertime I like macaroni and cheese.”
I’m with Jami, but I also like it in spring. And summer. And fall… Ok, I just like Mac n cheese!
7 years ago I was diagnosed with a BRAND NEW… allergy. To dairy. (WOMP!) But I still craved Mac n cheese! I started trying lots of vegan Mac n cheese recipes but they were awful!! The flavor was off. “Cheese” was slimy, and left an awful filmy coating in my mouth… There was a long road ahead of me.
I stumbled on a recipe about a year later that called for no vegan cheese substitute, instead, using veggies and nuts. I thought it was nuts! Wish I could remember the source, but after 6 years and 3 moves later… I couldn’t even pick it out of a 2 source lineup.
I’ve messed with the recipe over the last few years to really achieve what I (and my picky sister) think is truly the best dairy-free Mac n Cheese.
I’m starting this Mac Attack Series off with this Mac N Cheese recipe because of its simplicity. It is my go-to Mac N Cheese. It’s also a basis of some of the other recipes that will follow in the series.
Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you… With a little multitasking, this recipe can be on the table in almost the amount of time it takes to make your pasta! My trick is in the process:
At this point, the water for the pasta should be boiling. While the noodles are cooking, about halfway through, work on blending the “cheese” sauce. By the time you drain the noodles, your sauce is ready and you’ve got dinner on the table! You will have cheese sauce leftover! I always save it and use it when I’m reheating my leftovers. Add a little bit of water or non-dairy milk to it to loosen it up. Alright, on to the recipe for my Not So Basic Mac N Cheese
Stick around… Next week I’m sharing the Mac Daddy of all Grilled Cheeses. It’s definitely one you shouldn’t miss!
*Reserve any remaining cheese sauce for reheating leftovers! Reheat your mac n cheese with a tablespoon of water. Reheat the cheese sauce by adding a splash of non-dairy milk or water to thin it just enough to loosen up your mac, pop it in the microwave until warm. Add just enough to make your mac as good as it was the day before, and so you have more for any other leftovers!
**Gluten-Free? Swap in your favorite gluten-free pasta. I've found that gluten-pasta holds up to the sauce better if you cook it for the lower amount of time suggested on the package.