This is by far one of my favourite vegan mac & cheese recipes and perfect for this time of year! It's more of an adult mac & cheese - certainly a healthier version BUT still a major hit with the kiddies if you're looking for a family meal.
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Unlike so many mac & cheese recipes - this one is loaded with veggie goodness from the butternut squash sauce & added broccoli.
It's also anti-inflammatory (no dairy), high in fibre (great for regulating blood sugar levels) and super nutritious.
Side note: Butternut squash is a rich source of antioxidants - especially vitamin A. Important for good vision and a strong immune system.
Roasted Garlic & Butternut Squash Mac & ‘Cheese’
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp crushed chilli flakes
6 large sage leaves
1 lb rice or quinoa noodles
2/3 cup cashews, soaked 2-4 hours or overnight
1 cup water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup broccoli, cut florets
1 onion, diced
1 cup pasta water, reserve for later
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Roast squash and garlic for 30 minutes. Flip the squash once halfway through.
- In a small frying pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp olive oil, fry the sage leaves whole until crispy. Set aside.
- Boil pasta according to package instructions.
- Sauté broccoli and onion over medium heat with 1 tbsp olive oil and chilli flakes.
- Let squash cool, and then add to a high-speed blender with cashews, water, nutritional yeast, mustard, and salt. You will most likely need 1 cup of pasta water to thin this out.
- Pour sauce in a pot and gently heat through on low heat.
- Stir in pasta, broccoli, and onions until everything is heated through.
- Top off pasta with whole fried sage leaves and serve.
Nutrition Tip: Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast that is rich in B12. This is especially important for anyone on a strict plant-based diet, as B12 is richest in animal products. Nutritional yeast has a cheese-like savouriness to it and works well in dishes where you want to add that flavour. For instance, try sprinkling it onto stove top popcorn, pasta, or veggie dishes.
I wanna know, what's your favourite rendition of a healthy spin on mac & cheese?