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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

But I Need My Comfort Foods....Jalapeño Popper Mac N Cheese

So this Mac N Cheese is another family favorite and can be used as your main meal or a side dish! We often eat it for dinner by itself. It can be as spicy as you want it, just leave the seeds in if you want a spicy dish. If you take all the seeds out, then this dish isn't spicy at all. Let me know what you think. I always top mine off with some hot sauce!

This one comes courtesy of another of my favorite vegan websites...

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight, or at least for a couple hours... then drained ( I often soak a bag full and then freeze for future use)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or vegetable oil) You can also omit this if you want oil-free
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed (or left in for more flavor) and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese, regular cream cheese if your not strict vegan
  • 250 grams pasta of choice (I use Banza chickpea cavatappi, the trick with chickpea pasta is to immediately rinse in cold water after cooking to keep from getting mushy)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned croutons, crushed ( I probably use a lot more than a 1/2 cup)
  1. Start with making your cashew sauce. Put the cashews, water, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, salt and pepper into your high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Cook your pasta according to your package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of your pasta water before draining. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. Next, sauté your onion for 2 minutes on medium-high heat using the oil, or you can just use splashes of water if you want oil-free. (If you use an oven safe pan here, then you can save yourself some dishes at the end)
  4. Add jalapeños and garlic gloves to onions and saute for another minute.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add the cream cheese and cashew sauce and stir around to all is incorporated. 
  6. Now, add pasta and the 1/2cup pasta water you saved from earlier, stir and let cook another 2-3 minutes or until creamy and thickened some.
  7. You can now transfer to baking dish or leave in oven proof pan and sprinkle the top with as much croutons as you desire. :)
  8. Broil in oven for 1-2 minutes or just until those croutons look nice and browned.