Do you love fresh herbs? Do you love macaroni? Do you love cheese—the vegan kind? If you answered yes to all three of these questions then you are going to go bananas over this baked fresh herb vegan mac n’ cheese.
If only I could send a giant fork of this creamy and flavorful pasta through the screen so you could try it for yourself. The herbs were fresh picked from my garden so they were at peak flavor. I chose basil, purple basil, Greek oregano, and hot and spicy oregano, and they married beautifully into the cheesy sauce.
The cheese sauce is a combination of cashews, cannellini beans, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, garlic, and a bit of olive oil. Even though I’ve been living a vegan lifestyle for eighteen months I’m still blown away by the things you can do with nuts and beans.
Who would have thought that you could soak cashews in water until they were plump and squishy and then blend them in a Blendtec Blender with some beans until they turned into a creamy and thick cheese sauce for mac n’ cheese? I love my life.
Instead of clogging my arteries with fat and cholesterol, I get to eat my favorite foods without worry or guilt. Awesomness!
To make this baked fresh herb vegan mac n’ cheese even more fabulous, I topped it with crunchy herbed bread crumbs and toasted them under the broiler until they turned golden brown. Be still my heart. It’s gorgeous and it tastes good.
Oh yeah, this recipe is also gluten free! Yep, you read that right, it’s dairy and gluten free. You’re welcome.
Okay, so mac n’ cheese is a warm food, and it’s a comfort food, but it’s also a slammin’ picnic food. If you’re invited to a graduation party, or a backyard barbeque, or a Fourth of July party, bring this. You’ll have something substantial to eat, and everyone else at the party will thank you for contributing such a tasty dish. Before you know it, people will be asking you for the recipe, and then you can blow their minds when you tell them what it’s made of.
Photo Credit from Wargaming Hub
Vegan mac n’ cheese is also an easy and quick way to get dinner on the table at the end of a long work day. You know you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove on a summer’s night, that’s why you need to make this so you can have a chance to get outside and enjoy the evening. Toss a big green salad to go with it and take it outside to eat. And as you take every delicious bite of your baked fresh herb vegan mac n’ cheese you can smile, knowing that you’re eating the healthiest version of macaroni and cheese you could possibly eat.
What is your favorite picnic food?
Are you an inside or outside diner?
Do you grow your own herbs in the summer?
Things I used to make this yummy dish.
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