Quick & Healthy Vegan Mac & Cheese

This sauce is really easy to make and sooo cheesy… the main ingredients are potatoes and carrots! There are lots of ways you can add your favourite bits if you fancy poshing it up! You can use the sauce anytime you need a cheesy sauce eg pasta bake, cauliflower cheese, jacket potato, nachos…

If you don’t have time to make your own mac ‘n’ cheese, there are lots of options in the shops nowadays too!

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Preparation time

10 min

Cook time

15 min

Total time

25

Meal

  • mains
  • lunches

Servings

3-4

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 300g/3 cups macaroni plus water for cooking (use gluten-free if necessary)

Cheese Sauce

(Use this sauce anytime you need a cheesy sauce eg pasta bake, cauliflower cheese, jacket potato, nachos. You won’t believe how delicious and cheesy it is!)

  • 225g /1¼ cup carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 650-700g/4 cups potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 170ml/⅔ cup olive oil
  • 150ml/⅔ cup water
  • 40g/1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp salt

Optional extras/ideas: wilted spinach (just add to the pasta a few mins before end), fried cherry tomatoes, mixed seeds, fresh rocket, fresh herbs, vegan parmesan, steamed broccoli, fried mushrooms, garden peas (add to pasta 5 mins before the end), mixed chopped nuts, vegan bacon bits, black beans, kidney beans, olives, breadcrumbs, sweetcorn, onion, red pepper, vegan tuna, vegan chicken pieces, vegan sausage, jalapenos, guacamole, melted cheese, fresh chilli, paprika

Instructions

Pasta

  1. Bring the macaroni to the boil and then simmer according to the instructions on the packet or to your preferred texture.

Cheese Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the potatoes and carrots to the boil and then simmer until soft (around 15 minutes).
  2. Drain the water and then add them to the blender.
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the blender and then blitz until really smooth.
  4. Add the cheese sauce straight onto the pasta and stir through until fully covered.
  5. Add any of the optional extras or enjoy the dish on it’s own… it’s great either way!

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