Sunday, April 14, 2013

Vegan Mac and Cheese Sauce with a Kick:

Here I go with the spicy flavors again! Don't worry though. This recipe isn't all that spicy. I only added a little bit of cayenne pepper and Cajun seasoning to make it a little more interesting.

I smashed the diced rutabaga, but you can always puree it in a food processor or blender if you're trying to hide the veggies from any unsuspecting children.You can also add a little extra almond milk for a creamier sauce.


1 package your choice of pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 15oz. can diced rutabagas, drained 
1/2 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of Cajun seasoning (optional)


1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.

2. While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil, garlic, and onions to a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat until translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in the diced rutabagas, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Smash the mixture with a potato masher until it is smooth and creamy, and then continue cooking on medium heat for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.*

3. Stir in the almond milk and then the nutritional yeast. Cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes.

4. Drain the pasta when necessary. Once the sauce is ready, add it to the pasta and serve.

*If you choose to puree the rutabaga mixture in the food processor before, add the diced rutabagas, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and Cajun seasoning to your food processor before you put it in the pan, and then process it until smooth. Add it to the saucepan, cook for 5 minutes, and then proceed to step #3.

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