Veggies & Red Lentils Mac’n Cheese

Search for vegan mac’n cheese recipes on Google and you will find hundred of yummy recipes! Gogo Quinoa has nevertheless given me the challenge of creating a gluten-free version with some of their products.* So today I propose you my own nut free version of the famous cheese sauce, with even some seasonal veggies hidden in there. I even managed to add to my sauce.... red lentil flakes! Trust me, yon won’t even notice it, while adding extra protein to your dish. So here’s my recipe!

Sauce can make up to 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion (about ½ lb), peeled and quartered in 4 pieces
  • 2-3 yellow potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into cubes
  • 2-3 large carrots (about ½ lb.), peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, still in their husk
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 200 ml of vegetable cream (rice, soy, oat base, etc.) (storebought)
  • ¼ cup of tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup of red lentil flakes from Gogo Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Gogo Quinoa’s cauliflower pasta (or your favorite pasta) (see note)

Note: I find that one package makes enough for 2-3 servings only. So you’ll still have extra sauce, enough for another package of pasta.

Steps

  1. Preheat your oven at 375F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the onions, potatoes, carrots and garlic cloves. Drizzle with the olive oil , add a pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix all together.
  3. Put in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the garlic cloves from the baking sheet (reserve). Flip thhe vegetables and put them back in the oven and cook 15 to 30 minutes longer, or until carrots and potatoes are cooked (depending on the size of your pieces).
  4. Once the vegetables are well cooked, transfer to a high speed mixer, as well as all the ingredients, except the pasta of course. Remove the garlic cloves from their husks and add them to the blender as well.
  5. Mix everything until smooth and homogeneous. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes over low-medium heat, or until sauce has thicken enough to tyour aste.
  6. Cook pasta accordingly to the directions on the package. Then add the sauce to the cooked pasta, mix carefully and serve!

* This recipe is the result of a collaboration between Gogo Quinoa and Odile Joly-Petit as part of the Expo Manger Santé 2019!

Odile Joly-Petit
Odile Joly-Petit, aka la Pretty Small Vegan, est photographe et styliste culinaire, créatrice de recettes et fière végane.
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