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