Even Better Vegan Mac & Cheez–by way of the Instant Pot!

Though I claimed to have discovered the best ever mac & cheez in July, the problem with the sauce was that it was almost entirely cashew based, which added a LOT of fat (good fat because it’s not extracted, but fat nonetheless).

However, I recently discovered a rather awesome Facebook group called Clean Food, Dirty Girl, which has a link to an EXCELLENT vegan cheez sauce that includes some cashews for creaminess, but the base is primarily potatoes and carrots. The only adaptation I made was to add 1 TBS Better than Bouillon base at the blending stage.

The result is incredibly rich tasting and delicious, but not cloyingly so (as many nut-based pasta sauces are).

Vegan Mac & Cheez

  • Make this cheez sauce!
  • At the blending stage, add one TBS Better than Bouillon base to the Vitamix.
  • Use the sauce to top prepared brown rice rotini noodles (and remember: you can be generous with the sauce because its base is mostly vegetables!)
  • Sprinkle with vegan parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Top with grilled Brussels sprouts (or grilled broccoli).

C’est magnifique!!!! My new favourite thing!!!

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And here it is allllll stirred up!!!

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Indeed, I liked this so much that I decided to try it as a baked Mac & Cheez dish by mixing the remainder of the cheez sauce and the remainder of the brown rice pasta with six ounces of broccoli florets. I topped it with 1/3 of a cup of panko crumbs sauteed in a TBS of olive oil and then mixed with 1/3 of a cup of vegan parmesan.

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I then baked it for 40 minutes at 350. It was delicious!!

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