Green Mac and Cheese {Vegan}

Green Mac and Cheese.  Trust me on this one.  It will become your new favorite!

First you have the sauce which is made with pureed spinach, vegan creamer and a roux.  Then we add vegan parmesan, broccoli and peas to the pasta.  We chose campanelle pasta, but you could use cavatappi, macaroni…any shape really.  I like something larger because it stands up to the size of the broccoli but you could always chop the broccoli into smaller pieces if you prefer to use a smaller shaped pasta.

I saw this recipe quite some time ago on an episode of The Chew but I wasn’t sure that the vegan parmesan would translate well in place of the white cheddar.  I think it did quite well!

Green Mac and Cheese

Green Mac and Cheese

Green Mac and Cheese {Vegan}
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Lb Campanelle Pasta
  • 1-1/2 C non-dairy Milk, I use Almond Milk
  • 1/2 C packed fresh Spinach
  • 1-1/2 Tbl vegan Margarine
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 C vegan Parmesan
  • 1 C Broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup Peas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cook pasta in salted water for about 2 minutes less than package directions in a large pot.
  3. Drain the pasta reserving about half a cup of that starchy pasta water.
  4. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor on high speed, blend the spinach with the milk until smooth.
  5. In the same large pasta pot, melt the butter and then add the flour, whisking continuously over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes to create a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce is gently bubbling and starting to thicken.
  7. Add reserved pasta water and cheese and whisk until melted.
  8. Microwave the broccoli until slightly tender to give it a bit of a head start.
  9. Stir in the pasta, broccoli and peas gently mixing until combined.
  10. Transfer to a greased baking dish and top with a spinkle of parmesan (we used individual portion baking dishes) and bake for 20 minutes. Pasta should be set.

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