Vegan Mac n Cheese (Gluten Free)
If you are looking for a delicious low calorie, gluten free, vegan Mac n Cheese you are in luck. This recipe is so easy and will sooth any cravings for Mac n Cheese you might have. We would love to share with you a little about Mac n Cheese and what goes in to making a great Mac n Cheese but if you’re crunched for time please skip to the recipe below.
A brief history
Combing the internet we didn’t find as much information on the subject as we had anticipated. People have been putting cheese on pasta dishes for around 500 years, but when did it become its own dish? The story we found several times was that Thomas Jefferson, yes the third president was the OG of Mac n Cheese. Its said he came across an elbow shaped noodle while in northern Italy or France and instantly fell in love. So much so that he had it shipped across the ocean on ships so he could enjoy it back on american soil. Jefferson would share this pasta with family and friends and even had it served at presidential dinners. This all takes place in Virginia where one of the first Mac n Cheese recipes come from.
The First Recipe
The recipe we mentioned above is from a cook book “The Virginia House Wife” written by Mary Randolph a distant relative of Jefferson. Her recipe consisted of just three ingredients; Pasta, Cheese and Butter. We will just keep these three ingredients in mind for now. In the 1930s Mac n Cheese really took off. Kraft had made a boxed version for incredibly cheap and America was still struggling from the depression. Substitute half the ingredients of the original KD with chemicals and salt and you have today’s widely available Kraft Dinner.
So we’ve learned where Mac n Cheese came from and how it was made originally so its time for us to build our Vegan Mac n Cheese. We liked to start with cooking our gluten free noodles and setting them aside. A lot of recipes will cover the noodles in butter but we don’t want the hormones or anti biotics or any of that nonsense so a tablespoon of coconut oil or earth balance butter will give equally desired texture. We capture the creaminess of cheese with cashews and a few vegetables. To get that zesty cheese flavor we use some nutritional yeast, lemon juice, cayenne etc. We liked to cover the noodles in sauce and garnish with gluten free bread crumbs. With all of this we are confident you will be able to make a delicious, creamy, hearty Mac n Cheese.
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