Today was one "one of those days." You know the type. The kind of day where you just want to stay in your jammies and watch mindless teevee all day long because it's too damn cold to do anything else? This day was the impetus for making this mac and cheese. I had some Daiya calling my name from the fridge and I couldn't resist; I had to make mac and cheese.
I didn't even bother attempting to find any recipes online. I had a pretty good idea of how I would make it based on my previous experiences as a vegetarian,who happened to have about 20 different mac and cheese recipes. This is why I was a pudge in my previous life.
So, without further ado, here is my spectacular vegan Daiya Mac and Cheese recipe!
Makes 2-3 large bowls of mac, at least if you use fusili, like I did. The best part of all, though, is that it takes only about 10-15 minutes from when you start boiling the pasta to when you're pigging out.
- 1/2 pound of fusili (or your preferred pasta)
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tsp almond milk
- 2-3 TB Earth Balance
- 1/2 tsp flour
- 2/3 cup Daiya cheddar
- 1/2 cup Daiya mozzarella
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1/2 to 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 TB nutritional yeast (nooch)
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper (I like a lot of pepper, so you may want to taste as you go)
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Boil salted water in a medium size pot. Add your pasta and cook according to package directions. Then drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, get another pot. Heat over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup milk and Earth Balance. Whisk in the flour and spices. Bring to a gentle boil, until the sauce starts to thicken. Be sure to stir often, scraping the bottom or else it will burn to your pan.
- Turn heat to med-low and use a whisk to mix in the cheese. Keep whisking until cheese is almost entirely melted. I had to add that last TB of milk and whisk more to really make the cheese practically velvety smooth. It will get smoother when you add the pasta.
- Fold in your pasta. I let mine cook on low for another minute, just for good measure.
- Adjust any seasonings and serve it up!