Mac 'n' Cheese from Food for a Future

gluten free
quick meals, fast feeds
cheap as chickpeas
low fat low sugar, diabetic friendly
2 spoon difficulty rating

15 minutes

+ 60 minutes to soak the cashews - the dish itself only takes 15 minutes to make

Serves: 4

Average: 3.4 (7 votes)
 Mac 'n' Cheese from Food for a Future

Do you have cheese cravings? Want an easy to make but filling meal? This is delicious! Get the pasta on to boil then whizz up the sauce and heat quickly. Nom. 

Recipe from our lovely friends at Food for a Future, an East Midlands outreach group attached to the legendary Veggies

Shopping tips
Jalapeno peppers are a chilli pepper widely used in Mexican and other Latino food. Brands to look for include Tesco and Old El Paso but there are others. Use a bit of chilli powder if you can't find them. It doesn't have to be spicy hot, it just adds depth of flavour.
Nutritional yeast flakes are a vegan must-have! Found in Holland & Barrett, independent health food shops and increasingly, in larger branches of some supermarkets. Alternatively, try online: everyone from RealFoods, Goodness Direct and Veggie Stuff to Ocado and Amazon sells it! 



Mac 'n' Cheese photo courtesy of Chef Chloe with thanks (awesome US site. She has a cafe in New York and cookbooks too... !)


1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 1 hour). Raw means unroasted and unsalted. Cashew pieces are a cheaper option
1 small onion
1 tsp garlic - fresh or from a tube
1 tsp dill
½-1 tsp salt, start small, add more if necessary
1 cup 
nutritional yeast flakes
1.5 cups boiling water (360-400mls)
10 jalapeno pepper pieces (from a jar, or 1 whole pepper) OR a pinch or two of chilli powder
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot

Optional: 1-2 tbsp soya sauce (tamari is GF)




  1. Put pasta on to boil (macaroni or small penne works well but feel free to experiment with other shapes).
  2. Blend ingredients together for 3 minutes until smooth. 
  3. Heat up the sauce and pour on the cooked, well-drained pasta. Serve - preferably with something green like broccoli or a big salad. 

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