Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Y’all… If you’re not following The Detoxinista, you’re missing out. She doesn’t always post vegan recipes, but they’re generally easy to convert with a few substitutions. However, this is one vegan recipe that will leave you wondering why you ever made it with dairy in the first place. Yum!

Cheesy broccoli mac and cheese made as a casserole! #fruitsohard #vegan #glutenfree #macandcheese #casserole

I made a few changes when I made it myself and it turned out wonderful. The original Detoxinista recipe is here, and seriously check out the rest of her vegan stuff. I’m thinking about making her almond butter pancakes soon. Mmmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I’m wrong, but I do think these garlic parmesan breadsticks would be AMAZING with this! So maybe try that out and let me know? No harm, no foul. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know if you try this recipe! Rate it, comment below, or take a photo and tag meย @fruitsohardย on Instagram. Iโ€™d love to see your creations. Happy eating!

Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
A cheesy broccoli mac and cheese casserole that will please even the pickiest of eaters! It's vegan and gluten-free, but no one would know. It's that good!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan | Gluten-Free
Servings: 8
What you'll need:
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (pink Himalayan preferred)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp mustard (Dijon or yellow)
  • 16 oz gluten-free pasta (we like shells)
  • (optional) Roasted broccoli
What you'll do:
  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. If you have a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, add the first eight ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don't, add cashews to a food processor until they're almost a nut butter consistency. 

  3. Add the other seven ingredients and process until you have a smooth cheese mixture.

  4. When pasta is done, drain and rinse. Then return it to the pot and add "cheese" mixture. 

  5. If you made the roasted broccoli, add that now. Stir well and serve.

Recipe Notes

*You can also bake this into a casserole too. Here's how to do that:
-Cook pasta according to directions.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
-If you have a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, add the first eight ingredients and blend until smooth. If you don't, add cashews to a food processor until they're almost a nut butter consistency. Then add the other seven ingredients and process until you have a smooth cheese sauce.
-When pasta is done, drain and rinse. Then return it to the pot and add the sauce. If you made the roasted broccoli, add that now. Mix gently.
-Pour pasta into a 9x13 pan and add a sprinkle of black pepper and paprika.
-Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
**Inspired by The Detoxinista.

1 thought on “Broccoli Mac and Cheese

  1. This is almost exactly like the cheese graters they use at Olive Garden, and if you’ve seen those in use you know that a LOT a cheese gets grated per crank of the handle. Keep that parmesan comin’! ๐Ÿ™‚

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