Vegan Mac & Cheese Balls

Vegan Mac & Cheese Balls



Prep for 20 minutes

Cook for 50 minutes

Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves 2-3 people

It’s Vegan! ✌🏻


Ingredients

Cheese Sauce:

Veggies & Bulk:

  • Potatoes (4-5)
  • Carrots (3 ½)
  • Jalapeño (1)
  • Olive Oil

Seasonings/Extras:

  • Chili Powder (optional)
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Liquid Smoke

Other Ingredients:

  • Spiral Noodles 
  • Shell Noodles
  • Corn Starch
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Panko

Preparation

  1. Fully cook your potatoes and carrots either by steaming them the old-fashioned way using a pot and steam basket, or by using an Instant Pot on the ‘steam’ setting. Either way, it should take about 20-30 minutes for them to cook fully. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  3. Take your potatoes and carrots, and put them into a food processor, smashing them down slightly by-hand as you get ‘em all in there.
  4. Quickly chop up one jalapeño, and toss that into the food processor, too! 
  5. Now, pour olive oil liberally into the food processor, until you’ve included about ⅓ cup. If you don’t want to use that much oil, you can easily replace about half of the oil for water, and you’ll be fine.
  6. Blend it up! Check on the consistency periodically, and blend until it becomes a thick sauce, with no chunks!
  7. Honestly, it will already taste suspiciously good, but make it even better and cheese-sauce-ier by adding:
    • Salt
    • Black Pepper
    • Nutritional Yeast
    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Liquid Smoke (just a dash!)
    • Chili Powder (optional, for a spicier sauce!)
  8. Fold the spices in using a spatula, and give it a try to make sure it’s perfect!
  9. Set aside, and allow to cool while covered.
  10. Now, boil a pot of water, and make about four (4) cups of noodles, according to box instructions; about 8 minutes.
  11. When your noodles are done, strain them, and then put them back into the pot. Then, fold in your cheese sauce.
  12. Now you’ve got yourself totally ready-to-eat delicious mac ‘n’ cheese! Temptation be damned, though, ‘cause you must press forward! 
  13. Add in a bit of corn starch, and then start adding flour, folding it in slowly, and adding corn starch and/or flour only until the consistency is very thick, and not to the point where there are any built-up bits of powder. Add in just little bits at a time– you can always add more, but you can’t take any back out!
  14. Once this mix is quite thick and becomes difficult to stir, taste it and see if it needs any seasoning added– I seasoned mine back up with just a bit of Black Pepper and Garlic Powder.
  15. Now, when they taste perfect, just fold in about a cup of Panko with your hands, and start to mold and pack them into ball-shapes using the palms of your hands. 
  16. Place each one onto a greased cookie sheet, about 1” apart from each other. This recipe should yield about 12 mac n’ cheese balls!
  17. Just top with whatever extra seasonings you’d like, such as extra chili powder or salt, and then throw ‘em in!
  18. Bake for 20-25 minutes, and then allow to cool! Viola!
  19. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jessica G.

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