Vegan comfort food at its finest, this easy vegan mac and cheese is made with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other mainstream real-food ingredients. No weird stuff here - just pure macaroni and cheese-like deliciousness!
8ouncespenne or macaroni pastashells and rotini are also good*
3cupsdiced butternut squashabout 1/2 small squash
1medium sweet potatopeeled and diced (about 2 cups)
1/8teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper + more to taste
3/4cupcanned coconut milklite works also; the sauce may just be a bit thinner
1teaspoonto 1 tablespoon Tamari or soy sauceto taste
Fill a large pot 2/3 full with water and place over high heat. Once boiling, add a few generous pinches of salt and add the pasta. Cook according to the time on the package until al dente. Drain and return to pan (off heat). Set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, fill another large pot 2/3 full with water and place over high heat. Add the squash and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until the veggies are fork-tender, 7-8 minutes. Drain and add to the pitcher of a heat-proof, high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix).** Set aside.
Place a medium saute pan over medium heat. When hot, add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the dry mustard, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir. Remove from heat. Pour in the vegetable broth and stir to release any of the browned bits of onion and spices. Pour into blender pitcher. Add coconut milk and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Puree until completely smooth. Taste and add additional soy sauce, a teaspoon at a time, to taste, along with more salt and pepper if desired.
Pour sauce over cooked pasta in the pan. This recipe makes a lot of sauce (because I like it saucy!) so you might not want to use it all. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until all of the pasta is coated. Serve.