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VEGAN-NOT-SO-VEGAN MAC & CHEESE
My absolute favourite food growing up was macaroni & cheese. I would ask my mum to buy it for me from Somerfields all the time on most weekends and couldn’t wait for it to finish cooking in the oven so I could eat it all up, Lol.
Today I’m cooking my own Mac & Cheese. Most ingredients are gluten-free and vegan but a few ingredients, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get alternatives in the time I had.
Total Time: 35 mins
- Gluten-free Fusili pasta
- Violife vegan cheese block – mozzarella flavour
- Violife vegan cheese grated – mozzarella flavour
- I can’t believe it’s not Butter – margarine
- Croutons (plain & sea salt + black pepper)
- Alpro almond milk – unsweetened
- Mature cheddar grated
- Hot pepper sauce
- Garlic & herb seasoning
- Southern paprika seasoning
Step 1: Prepare Gluten-Free Pasta
Not many people know this fact but Macaroni is actually the type of pasta that you use to cook this classic American dish, hence the name being Macaroni & Cheese. I tried to look for gluten-free macaroni pasta but couldn’t find any so had to settle for gluten-free Fusili which is the twisty looking pasta, just as good for making this dish so no worries.
Boil gluten-free pasta for 10 minutes on 180 degrees – until it becomes a little softer than Al Dente texture (not too soft but retaining some firmness)
Check pasta every 5 mins for texture
*I don’t think it’s necessary to add oil or salt to the pasta as the ingredients that’ll be added later on contain salt in them already
Once cooked, drain pasta and move on to step 2
Step 2: Cheese Roux (sauce)
Pour almond milk into an empty pot and turn to 150 degrees. How much sauce you need is dependant on how much pasta has been made. I used almost all of a 1L box of Alpro milk.
One by one add ingredients to milk to build up into a cheese sauce;
- Violife vegan cheese block – mozzarella flavour (a whole block – 200g)
- Violife vegan cheese grated – mozzarella flavour (a handful)
- Mature cheddar cheese – (a handful)
- Croutons – plain (2 handfuls)
- Hot pepper sauce – (1 tablespoon)
- I can’t believe it’s not Butter margarine – (2 tablespoons)
- Thyme (2 tablespoons)
- Garlic & herb seasoning (2 tablespoons)
- Southern paprika seasoning (2 tablespoons)
In order to keep this 100% vegan, do NOT add margarine or mature cheddar cheese
Keep on stirring the cheese sauce in the pot for 10 minutes whilst still on fire, making sure the croutons are melting into the mixture smoothly.
Step 3: Mixing
Once the roux (cheese sauce) is nicely mixed, add the cooked pasta to the mixture and make sure to cover everything well.
Pour pasta and cheese sauce mix into an empty oven usable dish and smoothen out.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top. For extra crunch, crush some croutons on top with the grated cheese
Step 4: Cook
Cook Macaroni & Cheese in the oven on fan setting at 210 degrees for 20 minutes
Step 5: Tuck In 😋
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