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Recipe: Vegan Mac and Cheese

Vegan mac and cheese
I have experimented in the kitchen this week.  I had a sudden desire to try and make dairy free macaroni and cheese.  I realised I could not recall ever having mac n cheese, even prior to having my allergies diagnosed. 

I browsed the web for vegan mac n cheese recipes but could not settle on one I liked the look of. In the end I got creative. I decided to make a simple bechamel white sauce using dairy free margarine, flour and plant milk. There are lots of recipes online but you can use the following method (you can half the quantities if making for 1/2 servings) 

50g/2oz margarine/butter
50g/2oz plain flour
750ml/1¼ pints milk
50g/2oz cheese, grated
Seasoning - salt, pepper, garlic, nutritional yeast, paprika - basically choose whatever you like to taste!
Vegan mac and cheese

Simply melt the margarine in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook over the heat for one minute. Gradually whisk in the milk, whisking until thickened. When the sauce was complete I stirred in lots of finely grated dairy free cheese, pepper and paprika. Then I added cooked macaroni (80g-100g per person) to the cheese sauce, gave it a stir then transferred to an over proof dish.  I topped it with a handful of grated cheese and a sprinkle of paprika. Next I popped dish in the oven for about 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese topping and heat through.  I took it out the oven when the top was crispy and I could see the sauce bubbling. Hey Presto I had made tasty dairy free mac n cheese.

Sarah x