Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mac and cheez with pumpkin

I guess I should of taken a picture, BUT I made dinner for my daughter and I and served it with steamed kale. We had a great dinner, great conversation and great wine. This dish is really good. Next time I will mix with kale instead of serving on the side.

1 lb. gluten-free pasta
Kosher salt
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup hot water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
Juice of one lemon
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. gluten-free, vegan Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. dried mustard
½ tsp. Kosher salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
A pinch of nutmeg
2 Tbs. vegan butter
7 oz. pumpkin puree (1/2 can)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Cooking spray or a bit of oil
1/3 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, finely chopped
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Set aside.
In a food processor, combine the cashews and hot water. Pulse a few times to get it started and then process until completely smooth. Add the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Process until everything is completely combined and smooth. Transfer the cashew mix to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Melt in the vegan butter, and then add the pumpkin puree and milk. Stir until everything is combined and the sauce is smooth and silky. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pour the sauce onto the cooked pasta and toss to combine. At this point you can just garnish with parsley and eat the mac and cheese this way. If you are baking it, transfer the mac and cheese to a baking dish or ramekins that have been sprayed with cooking oil. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, oil and parsley. Top the mac and cheese with the bread crumb mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bread crumbs have browned. If the crumbs are taking too long to brown, turn the oven to broil for 5 minutes. You don’t want to bake it too long or it will get too dry. Serve while hot.

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