Mac 'n Cheese, or Macaroni Cheese, as we call it here in the UK, was always up there with my favourite foods before I was vegan and it's still right up there now hence my Mac 'n Cheese Monday theme.
As a student I used to eat the kind that comes out of a can and when I met my husband it was one of the only things he could cook so he made it for me a lot. When I first went vegan I avoided trying to make a macaroni cheese for fear of disappointing myself but once I threw myself into the nutritional yeasty deep end I realised I didn't need to worry, vegans can have cheesy pasta fun too!
Here are my favourite macaroni cheese recipes...
New Farm Cookbook Mac and Cheese
One of the first vegan mac recipes I ever tried and still up there with my favourites. This recipe is all over the internet and it's totally worth making.
Appetite For Reduction - Mac and Trees
Photo Credit: Kristen from The Noochy Noodle
I eat a lot, both when I travel and when I'm reviewing restaurants and eating out locally, so when I cook at home I sometimes eat more on the low fat / low cal end of the scale, y'know, for balance! AFR is by far my favourite healthy cookbook and the Mac & Trees is one of my go-to dishes when I need to make a fast healthy meal, I love the high broc content and easy to throw together sauce.
Veganomicon - Mac Daddy
Only the second Mac recipe I ever tried and still a favourite today. I love the creaminess of the tofu ricotta, the relative low fatness of the cheesy sauce and the overall creamy baked deliciousness of the recipe. I like to add peas to this one!
Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites - Five-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This book, now known as Home Cooked Vegan Comfort Food, contains one of THE MOST EPIC macaroni and cheeses in the history of veganism. You really do need five cheeses to make it, Daiya (or FYH / Veganic Pizza Cheese), Toffuti Cream Cheese, noochy sauce, a tofu ricotta and walnut parmesan sprinkles. It's insanely delicious and totally worth the effort. If I had these ingredients to hand more often I would have made it many more times than I have currently. Edit: Joni just happened to post the recipe for this on her blog today! Here's a link, go make it!
Best Ever Mac and Cheese from Crafty Earth Mama
Photo Credit : Crafty Earth Mama
This recipe was posted during Vegan MoFo 2011 and it's genuinely one of the best ever mac and cheeses I've ever made, it's also Nick's absolute favourite. We'd eat it more often if laziness and bad planning didn't often prevent us from buying and roasting a red pepper!
Cheezy Mac - Vegan Diner
Similar in style to Crafty Earth Mama's mac this creamy cashew based sauce gets the majority of its flavour from smoked paprika rather than roasted red pepper. It's delicious and one we come back to over and over again.
There are a whole load of mac's I still haven't gotten around to including Isa's Chipotle Mac & Cheese with Roasted Brussels Sprouts (minus the chipotle's!), Isa's Mac & Shews, Allyson Kramer's Smokey Butternut Mac and Cheese and VegNews' Vegan Macaroni & Cheese.
As well as those recipes I also need to make this Mac-Shroom Sandwich from Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day and this epic looking Creamy Mac & Cheese Pizza.
Next Mac & Cheese Monday I'll be making a brand new to me mac and I haven't even decided which one yet. Help me out, which recipe is your favourite? Maybe it'll make an appearance next week.