Who doesn’t love Mac n Cheese? It’s just the best when it comes to needing a comforting meal which gives you a big hug from the inside out. It may not be the healthiest but this version has added spinach and tomatoes so there’s a little less to feel guilty about. Life is about balance anyway right?

Mac and Cheese With Spinach and Tomatoes [Vegan]

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Cooking Time

25

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups macaroni pasta
  • 1/3 cup vegan spread
  • 1/3 CUP plain flour
  • 2 cups plant milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – washed and halved
  • A few handfuls of spinach – washed
  • 1 large white onion – finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of nooch (nutritional yeast) – optional but very tasty and good for you too
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • A dash of oil for frying the onion
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Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 360ºF.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the macaroni for 8 minutes on a low boil.
  3. Drain and rinse under the cold tap to prevent further cooking, set aside.
  4. In a saucepan melt your vegan spread.
  5. Once melted add in the flour and using a balloon whisk mix well to form a smooth paste and allow to cook for two minutes to cook off the taste of the flour, whisking as you go.
  6. Slowly add the milk a little at a time, whisking well.
  7. Heat gently and continue to whisk, after approximately 3-5 minutes you will notice your sauce start to thicken.
  8. Once thickened season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Add in 3/4 of your grated cheese and stir well till melted. If adding the creme fraiche stir in now.
  10. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry off the onion till crispy and golden brown. Add into the cheese sauce, save a few to sprinkle on top.
  11. Mix the macaroni and spinach into the cheese sauce and tip into a large oven proof dish.
  12. Scatter the halved cherry tomatoes, nooch and remaining grated cheese over the top and finish off with some black pepper and a touch more salt.
  13. Bake in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or till the top is golden brown and you can see the pasta and sauce bubbling beneath the surface.
  14. Serve immediately when piping hot.
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