As an adult that loves kid’s food, I’ll be the first to say that there’s no shame in that game; a lot of the time, comfort foods are the ones that remind us of food from our youth. More often than not, the hardest part of being (and staying) vegan is feeling like there are a bunch of foods you’ll never have again. Luckily, there is help!
This recipe is put together super easily and quickly, using the best ever plant-based cheese sauce recipe. Not only is this cheese sauce completely mouth-watering and reminiscent of nacho cheese out of a gas station pump (in a good way), but it only takes about half-an-hour and doesn’t require soaking nuts overnight, or any of that other crazy vegan cheese stuff.
Satisfy your craving – and maybe your kids’ cravings, too – for cheesy, breaded mac and cheese. This recipe is made to be a little bit more adult, using some spicy flavors and tri-color pasta, but just cut the spice and use regular macaroni noodles if you wanna make this for actual children, and not just your inner child.
Yes, that is plant-based.
Yes, you remember right that I said it tastes just like nacho cheese.
Yes, you also remember right that I said it only takes half-an-hour.
I have been pretty much obsessed with this cheese sauce ever since the first time I made it; I literally think it’s the best vegan cheese in the world, and I use this sauce in most recipes that call for a plant-based cheddar sauce. It’s delicious, cheesy, thick, easy to make and it’s made almost entirely of potatoes and carrots.
Most people that have been eating plant-based for a long time know about Nutritional Yeast, and it’s uncanny flavor-resemblance to cheddar cheese. It may seem weird if you’re new to the scene, or only cook plant-based once-in-a-while, but believe me when I say that Nutritional Yeast is key to making any vegan recipe taste… suspiciously cheesy.
With this cheese sauce, the color and texture is made perfect by the cooked veggies, but the flavor is definitely hinged on the use of Nutritional Yeast, so pick some up, if you don’t got some already!