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Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

This vegan pumpkin mac and cheese is crazy delicious and cozy - the perfect meal for a chilly fall night.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Pumpkin Cheese Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Purée 1 15-oz Can
  • 1 Cup Cashews soaked and drained
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Plant Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 2 Cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Turmeric for color
  • 1 Tsp Salt or more to taste

The Pasta

  • 1 lb Whole Wheat shell, rotini, or fusili pasta

Sunflower Crumble

  • 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds salted
  • 2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast

Other Toppings

  • Chopped Parsley
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. In your blender, add in all pumpkin cheese sauce ingredients. Please note that if you did not soak your cashews overnight, you can easily soak them in hot water for about 15-20 minutes prior to using. Be sure to drain well when done.

  3. Blend pumpkin cheese sauce until smooth and creamy. Taste, and adjust seasonings if you'd like.

  4. While the oven is still preheating, cook the pasta according to the package's instructions. The pasta should be al dente when done. Drain the water from the pasta.

  5. Mix cooked pasta with pumpkin cheese sauce until evenly coated. Pour into a glass casserole dish to bake in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

  6. While mac and cheese is cooking, make your sunflower crumble. Combine sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast into a food processor and process until the pieces are small and crumbly. Taste, and adjust salt if needed.

  7. When mac and cheese is done, take it out of the oven and add on a sprinkling of the sunflower crumble. Put mac and cheese back into the oven and broil for about 2-3 minutes, or until sunflower crumble is just toasty.

  8. Serve pumpkin mac and cheese in bowls with a sprinkling of parsley.

  9. Enjoy!