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Macaroni Not Cheese

One of my favorite meals growing up was a plate of frozen Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese, which I’d make myself whenever my parents went out to dinner. After cooking it in the oven for thirty minutes, I’d excitedly pull a stool up to our horseshoe-shaped kitchen island and dig in while watching my favorite television program, The Wild, Wild West. Pure decadence.

I recommend making this for guests and keeping the television off.

  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 25 minutes
  • Serves 3

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

1 cup cashews

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 1/3 cups water

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

4 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

16 ounces whole grain elbow pasta, cooked

 

Instructions:

Sauté onion on medium heat in non-stick skillet with a little water or low sodium vegetable broth for 5 minutes, until translucent.

In a food processor, combine the onions, cashews, lemon juice, water, and salt.

Gradually blend in roasted red peppers, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Thoroughly toss the sauce with the pasta.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

 

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  • QB

    Hey Rip I love mac and cheese and this looks really good but im allergic to cashews. How can i make this rad mac n cheese without cashews?

    • Debbie Lepoidvin

      use almonds

      • Nancy

        Could I use almond meal or flour? Does it have to start with real almonds?

  • tmcleod65

    I’ve been wondering the same thing as I have a daughter who is deathly allergic to nuts. What is a good replacement for nuts/cashews in some of the recipes?

    • jilltheveggiequeen

      Use white beans or cooked winter squash to bulk up this sauce. If you can use seeds, soak sunflower seeds and use those. They work well, too.
      I teach cooking and often have nut-allergic students so I have gotten good at eliminating the nuts, not the students.

  • kdesign007

    Substituted a Leek for the onion due to allergy/sensitivity and this was a hit in our house! Thanks so much for replacing one of our favorite comfort dishes.

  • http://www.jasonbedunah.com/ Jason Bedunah

    My mom is frustrated because it doesn’t have the oven temperature to bake this on

  • Christina Aerial Lucero

    Bookmarked!

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