Vegan Macaroni Cheese

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My son loves pasta. And I mean he LOVES pasta. So I’m always looking at alternative ways of giving him pasta, that aren’t just your bog-standard “pasta and tomato sauce” recipes.

Lot’s of people recommended Macaroni Cheese to me, but every recipe I found online had dairy, dairy and more dairy. Being dairy intolerant and allergic to eggs, I often come across this stumbling block when looking at new recipes. And hence my mission to adapt this culinary classic into an allergy-friendly dish for my little man to enjoy.

Now I’ve listed this as a vegan recipe. But I’ve made this twice now, once with a vegan cheese, and once with a lactose-free cheese and both have come out amazing!


Vegan Macaroni Cheese

by Adventuresofmummyandme

Allergen Notes: This recipe is free from Dairy, Eggs and Nuts (Vegan-friendly!). You could also make is Gluten Free by using GF pasta, flour and breadcrumbs.

Prep Time: 10mins

Cook Time: 40mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients: 

  • 300g Macaroni
  • 20g Dairy Free Butter or Margerine (I use Flora Dairy Free)
  • 600ml Alpro Almond Soya Milk
  • 20g Flour (I use Doves Farm)
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Yeast Flakes (I use Marigold Engevita)
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 150g Vegan Cheese (I used a supermarket Soy Cheese)
  • 20-30g Breadcrumbs according to preference

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
  2. Put the pasta into a pan of boiling water. Bring back to the boil, stir once, then cook as per packaging instructions (normally around 7-9mins).Once cooked, drain and set aside in a baking dish
  3. Whilst the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan and stir in the flour. Keep stirring into a paste, then gradually pour in the milk until the paste has fully absorbed into the milk
  4. Whisk the sauce for about 5mins on a gentle simmer until it thickens
  5. Add the nutmeg, yeast flakes and 100g of the cheese, and stir until the cheese has melted
  6. Pour the sauce over the pasta and mix. Place the tomatoes on top, then the rest of the cheese, then finally the breadcrumbs to form a cover over the top
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the breadcrumbs have turned golden brown

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