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Tofu Mac n Cheese

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Silken Tofu – this is the very soft tofu that comes in a shelf-stable box. (I usually use firm or extra firm silken tofu.) You can also use soft tofu instead of silken tofu.
  • Onion – for flavor. You can use 1 teaspoon of onion powder instead, but I highly recommend that you use fresh onion.
  • Garlic – for flavor. You can use 1 teaspoon garlic powder instead.
  • Red Bell Pepper – this will give your mac & cheese a beautiful orange color and give more flavor to the sauce.
  • Cooking Oil – for frying the onion and garlic. You can use any other oil that you want to use like canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. You can use 1/4 cup of vegetable broth instead to make it oil-free.
  • Lemon Juice – for a balance of flavors. You can omit it if you choose.
  • Nutritional Yeast – for the cheesy umami flavor. You can omit it if you want, but the sauce will not taste as cheesy.
  • Salt – for flavor.
  • Mustard – for flavor. This gives the cheese sauce a little cheesy bite.
  • Turmeric – just a dash for color.
  • Pasta Water – use some of the starchy pasta water to thin out the sauce. (You could also use vegetable stock if you choose.)
  • Pasta – pour this tofu pasta sauce over any type of pasta that you want.

Instructions:

Step 1 – Cook your pasta of choice according to package directions. (Reserve 1 3/4 cups of the cooking water.)

Step 2 – While your pasta is cooking, peel and dice an onion, seed and dice the red bell pepper, and mince 3 cloves of garlic. Then saute them over low heat in 3 tablespoons of oil with a sprinkle of salt until the onions turn translucent.

Step 3 – Cut open the package of silken tofu and drain off any excess water, then add the tofu to the blender. (There is no need to press silken tofu.) Then add the sauteed onion, pepper, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.

Step 4 – Add 1 cup of starchy pasta water to the blender and blend until smooth. Add an additional 3/4 cup of the pasta water and blend again until very smooth.

Step 5 – Put the cooked, drained pasta into the frying pan used to saute the onions and pour the tofu mac & cheese sauce over the macaroni.

Step 6 – Mix well and warm over low heat.

Step 7 -Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.