No-Boil Vegan Mac’n Cheese By Thecuriouschickpea 🧡

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No-Boil Vegan Mac’n Cheese by thecuriouschickpea 🧡
. (yield: 6-8 SERVINGS)

2 tbsp vegan butter
1 lb uncooked pasta (macaroni or other small shape)
1 1/2 cups cashews + 5 cups water (substitute 4 1/2 cups store bought plant milk + 1 1/2 cups water)*
7oz vegan cheddar, shreds or slices
7oz vegan smoked gouda or smoked provolone (or additional cheddar), shreds or slices
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika, or to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 ºF. Add the vegan butter to a 3 to 4 quart baking dish or 9×13-inch baking dish and place in the oven to melt. Remove once melted and spread the melted butter to coat the pan.
Put the uncooked macaroni into the dish and mix in the cheese, salt, garlic powder, and mustard powder to evenly distribute. If using slices of cheese tear or chop before adding.
If making homemade cashew milk, blend the cashews and 5 cups of water until smooth (see note). Pour in the homemade cashew milk (or store bought plant milk and water) and gently stir to combine.
Cover the pan with a lid, aluminum foil, or an overturned baking sheet that’s large enough to cover the dish and trap the steam. Bake for 40 min, stirring halfway through. Check a noodle for doneness, it should be tender at this point, if not continue to cook until it is tender.
Uncover the baking dish, sprinkle smoked paprika over top, and bake an additional 5-20 minutes until the top gets crispy to your liking. Let cool for a few minutes before serving!

You can use a homemade cashew milk or store bought plant milk to make this. Cashew milk makes for an even creamier pasta.

If using homemade cashew milk: blend 1.5 cups raw cashews with 5 cups of water. If not using a high powered blender, soften the cashews in water before blending. Soak cashews in cold water for 2 hours, or boil for 15 minutes, then drain, rinse, & use cashews.

If using store bought milk, my preferences are oat milk or soy milk. Choose a plain and unsweetened or low in added sugar milk. Use 4 1/2 cup of store bought milk and 1 1/2 cups of water. .