Whenever I tell Mikey that I’m making something “vegan” for dinner, his nose immediately scrunches up.
He was especially weary this time when I said I was making one of his favorite foods—macaroni and cheese—without the, uh well, cheese.
BUT! He loved it! And so did I. It’s remarkable how cheesy something without any cheese can taste. And that is thanks to the nutritional yeast—a strange ingredient with a very cheesy flavor; you absolutely cannot skip this ingredient. Mikey agreed, this does not taste like a vegan dish. By that, we mean that it is rich, creamy, and hard to believe there is zero dairy in this.
You could of course skip the broccoli and mushrooms in this dish, but I LOVE veggies in my macaroni. The veggies mean you get to eat more of it because they’re good for you, right? Right.
This pasta recipe is garlicky, creamy, oddly cheesy, and full of chewy crimini mushrooms and crisp roasted broccoli. It’s kind of addictive. If you think, like Mikey, that you don’t like vegan dishes, try this and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.