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Creamy, vegan smoked gouda mac & cheese

This decadent, insanely delicious vegan smoked gouda mac and cheese is guaranteed to please. Nothing beats a bowl of creamy vegan pasta. Easy to make gluten free as well.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kid friendly, mac and cheese, pasta, vegan cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke or smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 8 oz of dry pasta shells (Use gluten free pasta if wanting to make this recipe gluten free)

Instructions

  • Soak your cashews in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Drain after soaking.
  • Bring salted water to a boil on stovetop. Cook the pasta shells and drain.
  • Pour all of your cheese sauce ingredients (everything except the pasta shells) into the blender and blend until smooth.
    ½ cup raw cashews, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1½ teaspoon salt, Juice of ½ lemon, 1½ cups of water, 1 teaspoon liquid smoke or smoked paprika, ¼ cup nutritional yeast, 1½ teaspoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • Pour cheese sauce into a pan on low/medium heat and stir constantly until it thickens (about 5 minutes)
  • To make extra decadent add another tablespoon of vegan butter to cheese sauce and let melt.
  • Once cheese sauce is thickened, add the pasta and mix it all together. If it thickens too much, add a drop of water until you get the consistency you desire
    8 oz of dry pasta shells
  • Add steamed broccoli, salt and pepper if needed and Enjoy!

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Notes

When you re-heat this the next day you will need to add 1-2 TBL of water. It gets thick the more you heat it or let it sit.
This goes really well with peas or steamed broccoli
To make gluten free, just use GF pasta.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy, vegan smoked gouda mac & cheese
Amount per Serving
Calories
496
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
1812
mg
79
%
Potassium
 
393
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
90
g
30
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
267
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
35
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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