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Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese

Serves 6
Cooks In40 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    453
    23%
  • Fat
    16.9g
    24%
  • Saturates
    3.1g
    16%
  • Protein
    16.6g
    37%
  • Carbs
    61.9g
    24%
  • Sugar
    2.3g
    3%
  • Salt
    0.7g
    12%
  • Fibre
    3.8g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it’s associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    453
    23%
  • Fat
    16.9g
    24%
  • Saturates
    3.1g
    16%
  • Protein
    16.6g
    37%
  • Carbs
    61.9g
    24%
  • Sugar
    2.3g
    3%
  • Salt
    0.7g
    12%
  • Fibre
    3.8g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it’s associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease

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Ingredients

  • 350 g dried macaroni
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 litre unsweetened organic soya milk
  • 100 g dairy-free margarine
  • 85 g plain flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon English mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 50 g vegan cheese , optional (available from specialist stores)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • ½ a bunch of fresh thyme
  • olive oil
  • 40 g fresh breadcrumbs
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Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions in a large pan of salted boiling water.

Meanwhile, peel and halve the onion, then place in a small pan over a medium heat with the milk. Slowly bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Pick out and discard the onion, then set aside. Melt the margarine in another pan over a medium heat, then add the flour, stirring continuously until it forms a paste – this is the roux. Gradually add the warm milk a little at a time, whisking continuously until smooth. Bring to the boil, then simmer for around 10 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in the mustard and nutritional yeast flakes, grate and stir in the vegan cheese (if using), then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Drain and add the macaroni to the sauce, then toss to coat. Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof baking dish (roughly 20cm x 30cm), then set aside.

Peel and finely slice the garlic, then pick the thyme leaves, discarding the stalks. Add to a medium pan over a medium heat with a splash of oil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden, then transfer to a food processor with the breadcrumbs and a splash of oil. Blitz until combined and roughly chopped, then sprinkle over the pasta. Place the dish in the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Leave to stand for around 5 minutes, then serve with seasonal greens.

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