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Jyl’s Vegan Mac & Cheese

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If you are not using a high-speed blender (like Vitamix of Blendtec) for this recipe, I recommend soaking your cashews for at least 30 minutes before attempting this recipe.

 2 227g package penne chickpea pasta (cooked) or pasta of your choice
 3 small potatoes (peeled and cubed)
 4 small carrots (peeled and cubed)
 1 red onion (cut into large chunks)
 3 cloves garlic
 ½ cup cashews (soak cashews)
 ¼ nutritional yeast
 1 tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp pepper
 1 tsp onion powder
 ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tsp salt


Combine all ingredients in blender
Boil in one large pot with salt water over (medium heat) for 15 minutes
Reserve 1 1/2 cup cooking water for blender


Cook macaroni al dente, according to package instructions (usually requires boiling for 6-8 minutes in salted water), drain, and set aside.


Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your veggies.


When veggies are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add 3/4 cup of that cooking water to your blender, along with your remaining ingredients (including cashews).


Blend until smooth.


Pour sauce over your cooked macaroni noodles in a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve immediately.


Or, place macaroni mixture in a baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until crumbs are turning golden brown.


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