Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Vegan Cheese Sauce | Vegan Macaroni & Cheese | Vegan Queso Dip

I made vegan cheese dip, aka vegan queso, yesterday for a gathering I had. A friend overheard me discussing it and said, “seriously, there’s no cheese in this? You can’t tell!” SUCCESS!

The cheese sauce is very versatile. Last weekend I used it to make a vegan mac & cheese. So far my husband has been very unimpressed with vegan mac & cheese recipes that are heavy on the nutritional yeast. This recipe only uses 1/8 cup. He loved it! He loved it again last night as the vegan queso, and will love it again today on a baked potato with broccoli & cheese sauce!

Not only is it delicious but it’s also easy! Just throw the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth then cook it in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler you can do what I did: Put a same size or bigger pot on top of a pot of boiling water. Voila!

Edit: I’ve become lazy and no longer do the double boiler method. I simply put it in a saucepan on medium-high heat and let it cook until desired consistency. Just make sure to whisk it consistently so it doesn’t clump or burn on the bottom of the pan.

Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe | Vegan Queso | Vegan Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
3/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
4 oz. pimentos
1/8 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp vegan butter
2 tbsp cornstarch
(Pepper to taste if using for mac & cheese)
1 vegan not-chicken bouillon cube. I use Edwards & Sons. If your grocery doesn’t carry it you can order it online here: http://www.edwardandsons.com/es_shop_bouillon.itml

1 cup non-dairy milk ( I use Rice Dream’s rice milk) or an additional cup of water.
1 lb cooked macaroni noodles

Directions:
Add cashews & water to blender & blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients except for the milk (or 2nd cup of water) and continue blending until mixed well.

Pour mixture into the top of a double boiler. Add the cup of non-dairy milk (or an additional cup of water) to the blender and swish around to remove remaining sauce and add to double boiler.

Heat until thickened, about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Toss with cooked noodles and season with salt & pepper to taste.

 

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