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Creamy Sweet Potato Mac’n’Cheese

vegan mac'n'cheese with croutons and sage leaves from above

It’s those rainy days that make me crave vegan mac’n’cheese the most. Sitting on the couch, with a creamy bowl of pasta, a glass of wine, watching Bridget Jones and just… enjoying a cosy night inside while the rain is doing its thing.

There are many vegan versions of mac’n’cheese, some are super healthy, while others are just as naughty as the dairy version. I’d say that this version of mac’n’cheese lies more on the healthier side of things. However, this does not mean that the pasta is in any way compromising in flavour or creaminess. Flavourful food is first and foremost what I strive for, so no compromises were made here!

If you love an indulgent pasta dish – check out this Pasta al Limone. It’s packed with flavour, zing and deliciousness!

I hope you love making this recipe. Please let me know what you think in the comments and tag me in your creations on Instagram @nothangryanymore.

Annick x

vegan mac'n'cheese with croutons and sage leaves from above

Vegan Mac’n’Cheese

Annick
Creamy, hearty and delicious mac'n'cheese – perfect for a cosy night in.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serves
Calories

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • 1 golden sweet potato (large – about 500g)
  • 1/2 cauliflower (about 300g)
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp white miso paste
  • 1 handful sage leaves chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • salt to taste

Pasta

  • 500 g spiral/maccaroni/curly pasta (it's up to you – choose your favourite!)

Croutons*

  • 4 slices stale bread
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

The Sauce

  • Cut the sweet potato and cauliflower into bite-sized chunks and boil in salted water until soft. This takes about 20 minutes.
  • Once the sweet potato and cauliflower are soft, strain off the water and add the vegetables to a food processor (a good high powered blender works too).
  • To the food processor, add the nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, white miso paste, chopped sage leaves and white pepper. Let the processor run until everything is evenly combined and pureed. Add salt if needed.
  • Now, slowly pour in the olive oil while the processor is running on low speed. This will make the sauce more shiny and smoother.

The Pasta

  • Cook your chosen pasta shape in boiling, salted water until nearly al dente. Because the mac'n'cheese will be baked afterwards, it's best if the pasta is a little undercooked for now.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, strain off the water and add the pasta to a large, ovenproof dish or pot.
  • Add the sauce to the pasta and mix until combined.

The Croutons

  • Cut the bread into evenly sized little cubes and coat them in olive oil and add a pinch of salt.
  • Add the croutons on top of the mac'n'cheese.

Bake the Mac'n'Cheese

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Then, bake the mac'n'cheese, topped with croutons for 20 minutes.
    Once baked, garnish the mac'n'cheese with some fresh sage leaves and cracked pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you don’t have any stale bread lying around in the kitchen – swap the croutons with breadcrumbs to cover the mac’n’cheese before baking.
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