Who doesn’t love a good freaking mac and cheese recipe?!! And the best part about this is it’s vegan. I feel like everyone grew up on mac and cheese. It’s such a staple comfort food, and I think what feels really good about this one is that it’s a pretty clean version considering what’s out there. It’s loaded with veg, so creamy, and so filling. It’s so delish; you’re gonna love it.
- 1.5 boxes of Jovial brown rice elbow pasta
- 1.5 cups chopped broccoli
- 2 cups chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup Miyoko’s butter
- 8 tbsp almond flour
- 4 cups oat milk
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 3 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 bag Daiya cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Follow Your Heart Mozzarella cheese
- Avocado oil spray (to spray pan with before baking)
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- 1 tsp Ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp Himalayan pink salt (or to taste)
- Breadcrumbs (to sprinkle on top; we also eyed this and didn’t exactly measure)
- Place butter in a non-stick pan and let it melt.
- Once the butter is melted, add in 3 tbsp. of flour and whisk vigorously with butter.
- Pour in oat milk and vegetable stock.
- Pour in cheddar cheese.
- Add in the rest of the flour.
- Continue whisking everything in until it thickens and it all comes together.
- Remove from heat and add in dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Cook your macaroni according to the box.
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Simmer about a cup of water in a pan and let broccoli soften in that until bright green.
- Chop spinach into fine pieces.
- Combine cooked macaroni, cooked broccoli, spinach, and sauce together in the same pot.
- Spray 9×13 pan with avocado oil so that the mac and cheese doesn’t stick to the pan.
- Sprinkle (closer to pour) breadcrumbs on top
- Bake for 20 minutes until the topping is golden brown and crispy. (We had to broil the top for about 5 minutes to crispen it)
Tips for when we make it next time:
- Cook pasta for a little less than the box says because keep in mind, it’s going in the oven and will cook a little more in there. Ours was a little softer than we like.
- Instead of boiling broccoli, just coat a pan with water and let it soften that way. So much easier!
- Avocado oil is the best option to spray the pan with due to its high smoke point.
- We added in salt, but honestly would add in more. I know we like things salty, but it just really made the flavors come alive when we added in more!