Sunday, January 22, 2006

Ellen's Macaroni and "Cheese"

My friend Ellen shared this recipe with us quite a while ago, and it became a staple. This is by far my favorite homemade vegan macaroni and "cheese" - my favorite out is at Vita Cafe/Paradox Cafe here in Portland. The recipe is flexible, simple and really quick.

Ellen's Macaroni and "Cheese"

Boil water and cook preferred noodles, curly noodles work best.

While the noodles are cooking, mix the following dry ingrediants in a saucepan (not on heat):
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes or powder (I prefer powder, and get it in bulk bins)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp - 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp - 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Turning the heat to low, stir in the following:

  • 1.5 cups plain/original nondairy milk*
  • 1/2 cup water

Stir over heat until thick and well-warmed. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of margarine, and add to 4-6 servings of the cooked and drained pasta. Optional: add in greens beans, peas, broccoli, whatever you like~ The sauce is very versatile, so play with it - add to nachos, use in a pasta bake,a dip, etc.

*I prefer using plain soymilk or plain almond milk in this recipe, but you can use any type of plain milk. If you are low on soymilk, I've substitued water for the majority of the soymilk before when running low, it's just not as creamy, so add a teeny bit more margarine.

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SusanV said...

Hi--this looks great! Quick question: is that 1/2 cup unbleached flour? Thanks!

juusan said...

I just stumbled across this and it looks great. have you compared it to the one in the new farm cookbook? I've heard good things about that recipe also.

can you tell I'm on a search for the world's vegan vegan mac n cheese? :)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Hey Juusan - It's a tasty mac, and make sure to use spices to your preference! It's the best homemade one I've tried, but it is very yeasty.

Anonymous said...

Just made this, Best recipe i've found soo far, i oven baked mine with breadcrumbs on the top, beautiful!!
Oh and i LOVE your blog! Keep up the good work!

Sarah x

Wendy said...

1/2 unbleached flour

1/2 what??

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Wendy - 1/2 cup. Sorry! I've used whole wheat pastry and unbleached white flour for this. Remember to spice it to your preferences!

Dazy said...

Here is one more item I can offer my kid for their tiffin. This would be healthy for them too. And this sounds creative too.

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