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Mac 'n' Cheesie du Jour
Makes about 8-10 servings (a big casserole full)
What You Need:
- 16 oz. brown rice shapes of your choosin'
- 1 cup raw cashew pieces
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sorghum, brown rice or oat flour
- 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2-1 teaspoon ground chipotle
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon tamari (sounds weird, but needed for umami)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- dash turmeric
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- paprika, salt and fresh ground pepper for seasoning
- In a blender, soak the cashews and water for 1-3 hours, but don't drain. Blend until perfectly smooth, about three minutes, to make cashew milk. (If you have a high powered blender, no need to soak).
- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
- In a dry saucepan, toast the flours over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until they become slightly fragrant. Add the olive oil and whisk well to make a roux. Reduce heat slightly and add the chipotle and garlic. Stir constantly until the roux is a light peanut butter color, 3-4 minutes. Don't let the garlic burn, or it'll become bitter!
- Carefully whisk in the cashew milk, beat vigorously until smooth.
- Increase heat back to medium and whisk in the turmeric, salt and tamari. Whisk constantly until the sauce just begins to bubble and becomes quite thick.
- Whisk in the nutritional yeast, beat until smooth and thick, then remove from heat.
- In a deep casserole dish, combine the cooked pasta with all of the sauce except for approximately 1 1/2 cups. Mix well to combine. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the pasta and spread to even out. Sprinkle the top generously with paprika (I use both smoked and sweet). Bake until hot and bubbly, approximately 25-30 minutes. If desired, place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to brown top.
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