I have never been a huge mac and cheese fan.
I remember, very clearly, and incident when I was a child that turned me off Kraft Dinner for the rest of my life. Over the years I've tried a few times to face my fear (sometimes as a starving student it would just smell so darn good when a roommate was cooking it) and I'd attempt to stomach it, but alas, each time brought on the dreaded gag reflex,
Last year P got a hold of his Mom's coveted recipe and again the lure of the cheesy goodness took over and I thought I would try one last time to get over my issues with the pasta dish and dug in when it was placed before me.
But yet again, the gag reflex reared its ugly head.
So why I chose to make this dish this weekend I don’t really know other that I have been intrigued by this new food I keep reading about, nutritional yeast.
I had picked some up at Whole Foods a while ago and I thought it was time to put this stuff to the test.
I grabbed the recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s website and new book The Kind Diet and modified it a smidge
And was I surprised with the outcome.
No only did Mr. Gag Reflex not come to dinner, I really enjoyed it! The creamy texture of the sauce and the crunchy bits of the bread crumb topping where just what I was looking for in a comfort food.
I did douse it with my usual condiment of Mr. Tabasco Sauce, but that how I roll. Momma likes it spicy
So here ya go, enjoy all its creamy cheezy like goodness:
MAC n' CHEEZE
3 cups Elbow pasta
1 cup soymilk
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp paprika
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup of water
1 slice organic whole wheat bread, crumbled
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook the pasta until almost al dente.
In a blender combine garlic, nutritional yeast, mustard and paprika, garlic, soy sauce, soymilk and canola oil and blend until creamy.
Mix sauce with cooked noodles
In food processor, pulse bread until finely crumbled
Pour noodles in to casserole dish and top with breadcrumbs
Bake uncovered until bubbly and breadcrumbs are browned.