Other than the pasta and the dumb mistakes, I didn't change much about this recipe, but I have rearranged the ingredients and the directions in an order that seems more intuitive to me.
Mac N Cheese
1 c red potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 c carrot, chopped
1/3 c onion, chopped
2 TB shallots, chopped
1 c water
8-oz elbow macaroni (or similar--I used Trader Joe's brown rice penne pasta)
4 slices of bread, torn into large pieces
2 TB earth balance
1/4 c cashews
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1 TB lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
1/3 c earth balance
1/4 c nutritional yeast (optional)
Instructions1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the potatoes, carrots, onions, and shallots with the water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
3. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
4. Place the bread pieces in a food processor with the 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance and process until well crumbly and well combined.
5. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine the cashews, salt, garlic, remaining margarine, Dijon, lemon juice, pepper, cayenne, and nutritional yeast, if using. I recommend grinding the cashews up first before adding the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
6. Add the vegetable/water mixture to the cashew mixture and blend it until smooth. You’ll end up with a creamy cheesy sauce.
7. In a large bowl, combine the sauce and pasta until well coated. Pour it into a 9×12 baking pan. I actually made a half batch in an 8x8 pan.
8. Top with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serves 4-8.
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