Mac and cheese is a Southern staple. This cozy, creamy, comfort food is the epitome of soul food and the side dish that always steals the show. It is also one of my daughter's favorite foods, and I wanted to learn to "veganize" it well. This recipe is a winner, and it's kid and husband approved. I can't take all the credit though. I have to give a shout out to the tofu that made it all possible.
There are many brands of tofu, but the Southern Barbecue Tofu Cubes from Hodo Foods were exactly what I needed for this recipe. I used the Harissa cubes in my vegan pot pie recipe, and I knew the barbecue would add the right flavor to my mac and cheese. The smokey blend of paprika, garlic, mustard, cumin, and cayenne in the dry rub says it all. Hello taste buds! They are more than just a pretty face though. They contain 13 grams of USDA certified organic, gluten-free, kosher, plant based protein!
I am a label reader, and I like to know exactly what I am feeding myself and my family. I learned that just because a product is labeled "vegan" doesn't necessarily mean it's good for me. If I look at the label and see fine print listing forty ingredients that sound like a science project, then we have a problem. I learned that first hand when I started my vegan journey. Ingredients matter. It was refreshing to read the label on the package of the barbecue tofu. I only saw fresh, wholesome ingredients. This definitely is the best tofu for my family.
All the prep work is done, too. There is no draining the package, pressing out the liquid, figuring out which seasonings to use, or a long cooking process. They are literally ready to eat in five minutes. Time is so precious, and the Hodo tofu cubes are a quick and easy plant based meal option. If you like barbecue and pizza, you should definitely try this easy vegan pizza recipe. You can thank me later.
Creamy, cheesy, smoky, tasty, and only ten ingredients!
Author: The Sensible Vegan
Recipe Type: Entree
1 lb elbow macaroni pasta
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp turmeric
1/2 cup raw carrots
1 cup raw whole cashews
1/2 cup potato leek soup. I found this one at Publix.
1 package Southern Barbecue Tofu Cubes
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 1/2 tbsps nutritional yeast
1 tbsp smoked paprika
Preheat oven to 350.
Soak cashews and carrots in bowl of hot water for 30 minutes. I boiled a bowl of water for five minutes in the microwave, added the cashews and carrots, and covered them.
Prepare pasta and set aside.
When the cashews and carrots are tender, remove them from water and add them to your blender. You may also use a food processor. Add in garlic powder, smoked paprika, turmeric, soup, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast. Blend or pulse until thick and creamy.
Add macaroni to skillet on medium low heat.
Stir in tofu cubes.
Pour cheese sauce atop pasta and stir until evenly combined.
Season with salt to taste.
Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. You may use a baking dish or oven skillet pan.
Remove from oven, dust with a few pinches of smoke paprika, and enjoy!
Drizzle with your favorite barbecue sauce.
Garnish with fresh parsley.
Nutrition Info: Serving size: 1/8 Calories: 418 Fat: 15.9g Saturated Fat: 3.25g Protein: 16.6g Sugar: 4.3g Fiber: 4.5g Sodium: 398mg Carb: 53g
About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author who loves creating vegan recipes with 10 ingredients or less!