The Noochy Noodle

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Cheezy Mac From Vegan Diner

Last night was a typical Tuesday dinner. I was exhausted and sluggish from work and had most of what was necessary on hand for a weeknight-style meal of Gardein Beefless Burgers, mac & cheese along with a heaping side of steamed broccoli. I had been planning on choosing the usual recipe in my mac n’ cheese in my repertoire; something from Vegan Table or Appetite for Reduction, but as I turned the pasta water onto boil inspiration struck! I pulled Julie Hasson’s Vegan Diner off the bookshelf and flipped to the Cheezy Mac recipe. I had tried a few recipes from the book and enjoyed them, so I figured it couldn’t go too terribly wrong.

The recipe is straightforward enough. Noodles + cashews + nooch + flour+ cornstarch + spices = mac n’ cheese! I expected the recipe to be good, but about on par with every other vegan mac n’ cheese recipe out there these days.

Well, I was wrong because this recipe is straight amazing. A new all time favorite! My mac n’ cheese hating boyfriend even went back for seconds! It actually reminded me quite a bit of a combination of The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook recipe and the Vegan Table recipe, and since those are two of my favorites magic was bound to happen. The smoked paprika adds a vital and delicious flavoring component without being overwhelming, and that extra tablespoon of nooch added towards the end rounds out this perfectly cheesy dish.

One thing that must be commented on is the incredible creaminess! I’ve never tried a mac n’ cheese that was so smooth and thick before. It’s one of those things I didn’t realize was missing from my life until I discovered it.  If other recipes just don’t quite cut it for you in the texture department, then you absolutely must try this one! Apparently combining  flour and cornstarch is the way to go if you want an over the top decadent dish.

As an aside, the buns I used for my burger are from Ozery, a company that makes all sorts of bread-y type products that have been popping up at my local Whole Foods. The buns are thin pita-style sandwich rounds that don’t fall apart when handled. Personally, I like enjoying my burger and all the veggies I load on, not a mouthful of bread, so I think these are fantastic. Careful though, because only one of the 3 types of buns offered are vegan.

6 responses to “Cheezy Mac From Vegan Diner

  1. amey August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    great review! I LOVE julie’s book. I’ve made so many things I love from it. I’ll definitely give this a try.

  2. Kristen September 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ve also made the pastrami for the reubens, and smoky curls (as featured in the mac n’ quiche recipe). They were both really great.

  3. veganhomemade September 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Between the smoky soy curls and this mac, you’re quickly pushing Vegan Diner to the top of my wish list.

  4. Mattheworbit January 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    This is the amazing mac and cheese that gave me the mac and cheese bug.. It’s definitely the best I’ve tasted. Just so damn good!! Glad you found and liked it! I have to say, everything from this book has been pretty much my favourite thing, ever. I bought a second copy, just in case 😛

  5. Halogen12 February 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Just made the mac and cheese tonight. I’ve never used or tasted “nooch” before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. WOW. This stuff is amazing!! My brother (one of those guys who eats pretty much nothing but meat) tasted the sauce and really liked it. This was totally worth the effort of trying to figure out where to buy nutritional yeast and raw cashews. This is definitely a keeper and a dish I will be making a lot.

  6. Jessica January 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

    That looks so creamy, I would never have thought it was vegan if I hadn’t known! I’m not a huge fan of mac n cheese myself but my boyfriend loves it, will have to try this out!

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