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vegan buffalo cauliflower mac and cheese

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan mac and cheese is loaded with buffalo cauliflower for a mac and cheese that packs a punch!


Ingredients

Scale

Buffalo cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce

Cheese sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1-4 hours (or overnight) 
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp Frank’s red hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt 

Other ingredients

  • 250 grams macaroni, cooked according to package directions (or pasta of choice)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • breadcrumbs to top (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the buffalo cauliflower: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Toss the cauliflower in olive oil, salt and paprika and scatter on the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss in the hot sauce, then place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Make the cheese sauce: Drain the cashews and add to a high-speed blender with the water, nutritional yeast, hot sauce and salt. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. 
  3. Putting it all together: Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the cheese sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes while mixing. Add the macaroni and mix together until combined, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if needed then layer the macaroni and buffalo cauliflower in a baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and place in the oven on broil for 1 minute.


Notes

Top off this mac and cheese with some fresh cilantro! 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 360
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 13g

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