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Here we are, back again with recipe number three in my Mac Attack Recipe series! If you missed it and love carbs like me, I highly recommend going back to last week’s Mac Daddy Grilled Cheese. It can be made with the first recipe, or if it sounds more appealing, today’s gooey Quick Stovetop Mac recipe would be just as delicious!
“I love macaroni and cheese. I could eat it every meal of every day.”
Yes, Cobie! Who couldn’t!? The classic pairing of pasta and cheese is right up there with peanut butter and chocolate! It’s like a warm hug after a rough day. It is truly a bowl full of comfort.
After starting off with my go-to “Not-So-Basic” mac, I thought I should reign things in a little and make a mac that features real, fake cheese. It still doesn’t contain any dairy, but this recipe is designed to, maybe, ease dairy fans into the world of dairy-free mac and cheese.
There are so many vegan cheeses on the market these days, and I’ve eaten a lot of vegan cheeses in the last 7 years. They continue to evolve and get better and better! The trick to this quick stovetop mac and cheese is to use a variety to really balance out the flavors. In addition to going with a couple of vegan cheeses, I add a little bit of dairy-free cream cheese to make it super creamy. I like to add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to this one too. It provides the tang necessary to help cut the richness of the sauce and keep it from feeling too heavy!
If you can’t find Daiya or Chao vegan cheeses in your local grocery, natural food store, or Whole Foods, see if you can get Amazon Fresh, groceries delivered to your door! I’m a huge fan of Amazon Fresh, and they just announced they are starting to deliver your Whole Foods order in 2-hours! (Limited availability at the moment but expanding soon!)
Like the “Not-So-Basic” Mac, this Quick Stovetop version is a great basis for the other recipes in this series! Try them both and see which one you prefer. Use it wherever “basic macaroni” appears in my future recipes. Next week’s Easy BBQ Mac is one recipe to use your favorite of my basic recipes. Now, let’s make some macaroni and cheese!