Creamy Macaroni & “Cheese”

30 May

One of my all-time favorite foods is Macaroni & Cheese. I remember eating it often as a child and savoring every single bite of it. Whether it was homemade or from a box, I had certain expectations when consuming this dish. It had to be both cheesy and creamy, and of course with just enough salt. With the creaminess of the pasta and the crunchiness of the topping, this recipe passes my test. If you’re feeling daring, try it with Herbs & Chives cream cheese. Yum!

Creamy Macaroni & "Cheese"

Creamy Macaroni & “Cheese”

16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
3 tablespoons vegan buttery spread
1 cup white onion, chopped
3 medium cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces imitation cream cheese, softened
2-1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons salt (add more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch black pepper
3 cups shredded vegan cheddar cheese (I use Daiya)

Topping:
1/4 cup vegan buttery spread
1 cup panko
1 teaspoon dried dill
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Prepare pasta according to manufacturer’s directions. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” glass baking dish and set aside.

Begin by melting 3 tablespoons vegan buttery spread in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese, almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cheddar cheese, stirring frequently until mixture is thoroughly combined and cheeses are melted. Remove from heat and add cooked pasta, stirring until pasta is evenly coated. Pour into prepared baking dish and set aside.

For the topping, melt the vegan buttery spread over medium heat. Add panko, dill and thyme, stirring until combined, about 1 minute. Turn off heat and pour topping evenly over pasta mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-30 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and topping is light golden brown.

14 Responses to “Creamy Macaroni & “Cheese””

  1. Joyce May 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    This is going to be awesome!! Yay Meagen!

  2. LHuge May 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I’m so excited to make & devour this!!!

  3. Neeraja June 1, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I’ll definitely be following you for sure!! =) And this looks awesome!

  4. Anne June 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    YUM! Way to go Meg! Love the blog. I signed up as a follower.🙂

  5. Rae Sikora June 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Blog looks fantastic Meagen…
    It can be made gluten-free, too…
    Trader Joes rice pasta is perfect texture and taste.
    I don’t know what Panko is….but if it isnt gluten free there is probably a substitute for that…..

  6. Justin June 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Wow, this looks damn good. Great blog, cheers!

  7. Juliana June 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to try this out this week!

  8. Laviyah June 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    So I can totally come over and help you eat this right?? ;-p

  9. megmeister June 3, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Thank you very much, Joyce, LHuge, Neeraja, Anne, Rae, Justin, Juliana and Laviyah! I hope you enjoy the mac and cheese. =)

    And Laviyah, of course you can come over! We need to plan a date!

  10. Melissa November 18, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    This is sooo yummy!! I am a meat eater and my vegan friend made this for her baby shower. Love love loved it!!!

    • megmeister November 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Yay, it makes me so happy to hear this, Melissa! It always warms my heart to hear such exciting feedback, so thank you! And of course…I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the mac & cheese. =)

  11. shannon April 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Amazing! I couldn’t stop eating it. Having it for lunch tomorrow and it cannot come fast enough.

    • megmeister April 17, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Aww that is great, Shannon! So glad you enjoyed it! =)

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