A baking dish serving vegan mac 'n' cheese

Vegan mac 'n' cheese

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins (plus overnight soaking)

Easy

Serves 6

Make the ultimate comfort dish, macaroni cheese, but with vegan credentials. The recipe is quick and easy to make, so a great midweek meal for the family

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal686
  • fat30g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.12g
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Ingredients

  • 160g raw cashews
    Cashew

    Cashew

    ka-shoo

    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • 200g carrots, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 700g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 90ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 40g nutritional yeast
    Nutritional yeast

    Nutritional yeast

    new-trish-in-al yeest

    Dried nutritional-yeast flakes differ from active and beer yeasts

  • 1 lemon, juice only
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 400g macaroni
  • 3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs

Method

  1. The night before, soak the cashew nuts in water and leave overnight.

  2. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Steam the carrots and potatoes together for 5 mins, until completely softened. Transfer to a food processor. Drain the cashews and add these with 60ml of the oil, then blitz to break down the nuts. Tip in the other ingredients – apart from the macaroni, breadcrumbs and the remaining oil – then blitz again until the mixture is smooth and season well. Add a splash of water and just a drizzle of olive oil if it looks too stiff, then set aside.

  3. Cook the macaroni in a large pan of salted water for 1 min less than packet instructions, drain then stir through the sauce. Transfer the mix to an ovenproof dish, stir the breadcrumbs with the remaining oil and some seasoning. Scatter over the top of the macaroni and bake for 20-25 mins until piping hot and crisp.

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