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Creamy Coconut Mac & Cheese with Broccoli
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

A vegan mac & cheese recipe that's totally nut free! Coconut milk is the magic ingredient. Bonus: this creamy mac is super easy to whip up and requires no blending!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, nut-free, pasta, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 522 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces dried macaroni or pasta shells (or your favorite pasta shape)
  • 3 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or another neutral flavored cooking oil, plus a dash
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1 cup unflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, hemp, or non-canned coconut milk all work)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar-based hot sauce, such as Cholula
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Set the timer according to the package directions for cooking the pasta until al dente. 

  2. When the timer gets down to 2 minutes, add the broccoli to the pot and give it a stir.

  3. When the timer goes off, drain the pasta and broccoli into a colander and return them to the pot. Toss with a dash of oil to prevent sticking.

  4. Coat the bottom of a large pot with 1 tablespoon of oil and place it over medium heat.

  5. When the oil is hot, whisk in the flour to form a thick paste. Cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture darkens a bit and begins to smell nutty, about 3 minutes.

  6. Whisk in the coconut milk and non-dairy milk of choice. 

  7. Raise the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, whisking frequently, for about 7 minutes, until it thickens up a bit. 

  8. Whisk in the nutritional yeast, soy sauce or coconut aminos, hot sauce, vinegar, onion and garlic powders, and salt. Taste-test and season with salt to taste. Adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

  9. Add the pasta and broccoli to the pot with the coconut mixture and give it a good stir. Allow to cook for about 1 minute, just until the pasta is perfectly tender. The sauce should thicken up a bit more during this time.

  10. Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coconut Mac & Cheese with Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 522 Calories from Fat 186
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.7g32%
Saturated Fat 13.1g66%
Sodium 1012mg42%
Potassium 744mg21%
Carbohydrates 71.5g24%
Fiber 9.3g37%
Sugar 4.9g5%
Protein 19.6g39%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.