I was watching the tennis tonight (come on Murray!) and time slipped away from me before I realised I had not eaten dinner. As I needed something quick and I had promised this recipe to the vegan facebook group I post to I decided to go and make it.
I love this recipe so much because 1) its quick 2) no fancy ingredients are required and 3) you can change it depending on your mood – I kept it very simple tonight but you can add vegetables, herbs, spices, vegan protein and so on. It is also really yummy! When I was vegetarian I was not a fan of macaroni cheese as I am not a fan of cheese sauce but this sauce is thick and really, really tasty!
Apologies for the rubbish picture – Andy Murray is kinda addictive. Almost as addictive as nutritional yeast flakes!
Macaroni (or another vegan pasta) enough for 4 people
For the sauce:
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened non cow milk ( I use alpro but any type is suitable so long as it is unsweetened)
3 tablespoons oil (you can use any type but I use canola for the health benefits and the orange colour)
1/2 cup plain flour
3/4 cup nutritional yeast (I’m slightly addicted to nutritional yeast so use as much or as little as this as you desire)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet and while that is cooking concentrate on making the sauce
2. In a large measuring jar combine all the wet ingredients and whisk so the oil is well stirred in. You can use a bowl for this but you’ll be pouring the ingredients shortly so a jar is much easier
3. Heat a small saucepan and add all the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients very slowly stirring quickly and continuously as you do. If you do not keep stirring you may get lumps and although they will reduce it is easier to do it at this stage
4. When the ingredients are all combined turn up the heat until they begin to bubble and thicken. Keep whisking for about 2 minutes until it becomes really thick and then turn the heat back down.
5. When the sauce is as thick as you desire turn off the heat and then pour it over your pasta when it is cooked.
If you are adding vegetables I usually find it easier to cook them in the pasta water depending on how much time they need because we all know 2 pots are easier to wash than 3!