Pasta with Vegan Cheese Sauce

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Sitting here eating a bowl of this lusciously creamy pasta with vegan sauce and thinking about the many simple things that make life happy ….

What I’m grateful for today:

Cozy socks that let me slide across the hardwood floor into homebase (a.k.a. the kitchen island).

Socks

A slew of avocados just begging to be made into guacamole.

Avocados

Getting snowed in last week with the sweetest cabin fellows I could ever ask for.

Snow-on-Trees

Firewood that warms us twice – once when we cut it and again when we burn it.

firewood 3

Super-powered blenders that magically turn healthy ingredients into luscious comfort food.

Whole-grain pasta that doesn’t taste like cardboard.

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Creamy bowls of this delicious macaroni and (healthy) vegan cheese that makes comfort food oh-so-comforting.

Gluten-Free Pasta?

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Healthy Macaroni and Cheese?

No bad-for-you, go-straight-to-the-hips, refined fat or other unhealthy ingredients kraftily hidden in this luscious dish.

Instead you get a gluten-free pasta dish with a healthy twist and an extra dose of fiber – a super helpful nutrient when it comes to weight loss.

Mac and Cheese Bar

Want to know a secret about this delicious macaroni and cheese? Use it in this amazing Macaroni and Cheese Bar, and you have the perfect meal to serve to dinner guests. Macaroni and Cheese Bar is a make-it-how-you-like-it meal, so you can serve a crowd and everyone – even the pickiest eaters – will be happy!

Pasta-with-Vegan-Cheese-Sauce

Pasta with Vegan Cheese Sauce

Instead of adding inches to your waistline, this luscious and creamy macaroni and “cheese” is slimming and nutritious.
Cook Time 28 mins
Course Main Course
YIELD 4 servings
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook pasta until al dente.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Meanwhile, wash cashews in a colander under very hot water.
  • Place drained cashews and remaining ingredients in blender and blend until very smooth. (A heavy-duty blender works best for this recipe; other blenders may not get the mixture smooth enough. Mixture should be very smooth with no graininess.)
  • When pasta is done, drain well, and place in an oiled 2 1/2-quart casserole dish.
  • Pour blender mixture over pasta and very lightly mix.
  • Bake uncovered at 375°F for 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Notes

1. I recommend Tinkyada brand pasta.
2. The amount of carrots can vary slightly without negatively affecting the final product. If you have a powerful blender, just peel and trim 2 medium carrots and place in blender whole. No need to slice and measure.

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7 Comments

  1. Wow.i heard you first on 3ABN. you are sooo much more than the few minutes you are on my radio station..Thank you for that.i love your sense of humor and your recipes.my son has seizures and a genetic disorder,diet is everything as in no perseratives..So thank you for making my life so much easier and fun cooking.tjank you Jennifer.
    Kathy in Houghton lake MI.

  2. This was soooo good! I tend to have high hopes with recipes like these and end up disappointed. So happy I tried this! It was excellent! Thanks!!

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe, very easy to prepare. I reduced the salt, garlic and onion by half and added 3/4 tsp of nutritional yeast. I also will try cooking it covered next time, because cooking it uncovered seemed to dry it out a little.

  4. Hello, thank you for these beautiful recipes! Regarding this Mac and Cheese recipe, you speak about gluten free pasta, but it would be great to mention the benefits of whole grain pasta as white refined pasta is so unhealthy for us. Even many gluten free pastas are so refined they are not a healthy option. Thanks.

    1. That’s a good point, Sharlene. I do address that in my
      Gluten-Free Pasta Review, but I should have talked more about it in this post. For now, I’ll put in a few links that go to pages that talk about this, but I’ll plan to write more about this topic in the future.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      Jennifer

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