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Vegan Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Is the Ultimate Fall Comfort Food

Our love of pumpkin does not stop at pie; we enjoy this distinctly Fall flavor in savory dishes, too. This macaroni and cheese checks all of the boxes: it's creamy, rich, and made with fresh pumpkin puree. Move over pumpkin spice lattes; it's all about the pumpkin pasta!

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  1. 1 small sugar (pie) pumpkin
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  4. 1 cup diced, cooked potato
  5. 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  6. 1 small shallot, chopped
  7. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  8. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  9. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  10. 1 teaspoon paprika
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. 1 pound cooked whole-wheat pasta
  1. Topping
  2. 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  3. 2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
  4. 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  1. Garnish
  2. Fresh sage leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Cut pumpkin in half and remove seeds (and save to roast for a tasty snack). Brush inside with olive oil and place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, until soft and beginning to brown. Allow to cool to the touch and use a large spoon to scrape flesh from skin. Discard skin. Sauté shallot in vegan butter until soft and translucent.
  3. Place soaked cashews and 1 cup water in a food processor and process until very smooth and creamy. Add pumpkin, potatoes, shallot, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, mustard, and paprika and process until smooth.
  4. Turn on broiler. In a small baking dish, toss panko breadcrumbs with melted vegan butter and chopped sage; broil for 1 minute, until crisp and golden brown.
  5. Cook pasta in boiling water and drain, reserving a little of the cooking water. Transfer sauce to a medium saucepan and heat gently, adding a little pasta water to thin if necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over cooked pasta.
  6. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs and sage leaves.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Steve Mangurten
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