World’s Best Vegan Mac and Cheese with ‘Ham’
It seems as if every day, someone is declaring that they’ve come up with the world’s best vegan macaroni & cheese recipe. We recently came upon this version concocted by To Live and Eat in LA that just might reign supreme as far as maximum tastiness goes! This amazing baked macaroni recipe isn’t just a passable vegan version, it’s good enough to rival just about any version out there, vegan or not! Which normally non-vegan foods do you get really excited to find vegan versions of?
Ingredients: 16oz package of elbow macaroni or pasta of choice (Conchiglie or shells work great) 3 cups shredded Daiya Cheddar Cheese 3 tablespoons Earth Balance® Natural Buttery Spread 3 tablespoons flour 2 to 2 1/2 cups* unsweetened soy milk 4 or 5 slices of vegan ham (try Lightlife ‘Smart Deli’ Baked Ham). Chop into small pieces. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste 1/4 teaspoon paprika Enough panko bread crumbs to liberally cover Red chili flakes to taste (optional) Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cook pasta about 5 minutes until it’s just tender.
Don’t cook all the way or it will fall apart when you bake it.
3. Drain pasta and transfer to a greased baking dish. An 8—10 dish will bake the pasta up nice & thick.
4. Mix about 2/3 of the cheese into the pasta and set aside.
5. In a small pot, melt the Earth Balance® Natural Buttery Spread. Add the salt & pepper, then whisk in the flour until combined. Stir in the soy milk. Keep stirring until it starts to boil, then keep stirring for about another minute until it thickens up. *(Start with 2 cups of milk but if sauce gets too thick just add a little bit more, you don’t want it to be like a paste, just a thickened liquid).
6. Pour the soy milk mixture into the pasta and mix everything well. Top with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle the bits of faux ham on top, then cover everything with a generous layer of breadcrumbs. Give the whole thing a light dusting of paprika.
7. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the top is starting to brown. If you like it spicy, sprinkle some chili flakes on top when serving.