Vegan Sweet Potato Mac N’ Cheese
This vegan sweet potato mac n’ cheese is made with roasted sweet potatoes, garlic and nutritional yeast for a nutty, savory taste that is packed with nutrients.
The weather is finally starting to cool down here in LA and it has me craving comfort food.
Kraft mac n’ cheese was a mainstay in my house growing up, although my mom did try to make the meal a little more nutritious by force-feeding offering us broccoli on the side :) As a predominantly plant-based adult, I can now appreciate her attempt at incorporating veg into this otherwise nutrient-poor meal, but at the time I scoffed at anything green near my cheese.
Funny, now broccoli is my favorite veggie.
While my taste buds have adapted to love this bitter vegetable, they have not outgrown a love of cheesy pasta. So when a craving struck for some creamy mac, I decided to take a cue from my mother and adapt this meal to suit my grown-up needs.
This vegan mac n’ cheese is made with roasted sweet potatoes, garlic, and nutritional yeast, lending nutty, savory flavor and a plethora of nutrients. Sweet potatoes provide a hearty dose of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant for eye health and immune function, while the fortified nutritional yeast adds plant-based protein, iron, and B vitamins.
I served this luscious sauce over a green lentil pasta in order to ensure there was enough protein to call it a meal, and added steamed broccoli at the end as a nod to Mom — you can certainly leave it out if you prefer a less veg-heavy dish.
- 1 medium sweet potato (about 2 cups), chopped
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces of pasta, cooked
- 2 cups broccoli, cooked (optional)
- Toss sweet potato and garlic with olive oil and roast at 400 F for 25 minutes.
- Combine sweet potato, garlic, milk, yeast, and salt in a high-powered blender.
- Combine sauce with pasta over medium heat.
- Stir in broccoli (optional).
- Serve immediately.
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Weigh in: What was your favorite comfort food meal growing up? Will you try this vegan sweet potato mac n’ cheese?
Looks yummy! Did you use full fat (ie canned) coconut milk? Looking forward to trying this!
Wondering the same!