This Mac and Cheese with Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce is so creamy and cheesy tasting, people will ask what kind of cheese you used. Served with a side of slow roasted cherry tomatoes, each bite ends up being an explosion of flavor.
Servings 6to 8
Prep Time 25mins
Cook Time 1hr55mins
Total Time 2hrs20mins
Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce
1largesugar pie pumpkinabout 5 and 1/2 cups cubed roasted pumpkin
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoonnutritional yeast
1 and 1/2teaspoonsMorton Kosher Salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoonwhite pepper
Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
Morton Kosher Salt, to taste
Mac and Cheese with Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce Ingredients
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Toss the cherry tomatoes in for two seconds, and then drain. Place the tomatoes in a bowl and run cold water over them.
Pierce the top of the tomato with a small paring knife and then peel back the skin. Discard the skins and place the tomatoes in a bowl.
Toss the skinned tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
Pour the tomatoes onto the baking sheet and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, stirring once midway through. Keep roasting until the tomatoes start to get wrinkly and the olive oil and balsamic vinegar start thickening up. Place on the top rack and broil for 5 to 10 minutes, until the tomatoes are slightly blackened and the sauce has thickened.
Mac and Cheese with Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce (15 minutes cook)
Bring the water and salt to boil. Add the pasta shells and cook for about 11 minutes, until al dente.
If you made the Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce beforehand, microwave it until hot.
Drain the pasta, reserving some of the water.
Toss the pasta into a large skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup of the reserved water into the pasta and stir. Add 2 cups of the Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce and the basil leaves and stir until combined.
Serve with a side of the roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.
The Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Sauce is great to make ahead of time and use throughout the week. The cherry tomatoes can also be made on a different day and is a great way to preserve tomatoes if you aren't able to eat them fast enough.