December 2, 2009

Creamy Mac N "Nooch" Casserole

Macaroni-and-cheese has been long revered as a comfort food. But, just because you're eating vegan, it doesn't mean you have to go without when you've had a crappy day, you have a big zit, or your favorite TV show has been canceled (r.i.p. King of the Hill). This dish is an amazing substitute for the old mac-n-cheese standard, and it's super quick and easy to make. Get your favorite pajamas, a warm comfy blanket and a good DVD ready, because you're really going to crave them once this comfort food feast hits your tummy.

1 lb. elbow macaroni noodles
1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup nutritional yeast ("nooch")
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 box silken firm tofu

1/2 cup Japanese bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Vegan Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare noodles according to package directions.
  • In blender combine all ingredients (except noodles and toppings)
  • Pour liquid mixture over cooked noodles and stir together. 
  • Put the whole mess into a big casserole dish.
  • Stir toppings together in a separate bowl until well-mixed.
  • Evenly spread topping onto casserole.
  • Stick in the oven for 20- 30 minutes, until topping is golden brown.
  • Makes 12 big servings.
  • Enjoy!
This recipe is really versatile. You can add some roasted veggies to the mix before you stick it in the oven, or some cooked cauliflower or broccoli. I haven't tried adding veggie crumbles, but I'm thinking that might taste nice too. If you try it, let me know!

1 comment:

jrcycle15 said...

I made this Casserole last night and it was delicious! I used about half as much Nutritional yeast though cause that stuff isn't cheap around here and I gotta make it last! My 4 year old wasn't too impressed with it but she ate some. My husband devoured it though and he's a meat/dairy eater.