Vegan Stove Top-Style Macaroni and Cheese

Adapted from Allison River Samson's VegNews Macaroni and Cheese

1 Cup Peeled and Diced Yukon Gold Potatoes

1/4 Cup Shredded or Finely Diced Carrot

1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion

1 Clove Garlic, Thinly Sliced

1 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Raw Cashews

1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

1/8 Teaspoon Tumeric (Optional, for Color)

3/4 - 1 Cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk

1/3 Cup Neutral-Flavored Oil, Such as Canola or Rice Bran

1 Pound Pasta, Cooked*

*I'm rather fond of tiny spirals or twists here, but elbows are more traditional. Any shape you've got, other than long spaghetti, pretty much works though.

Place the cut potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic in a small sauce pan, and pour in the water. Set over medium heat on the stove, and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a vigorous boil, cover the pot, turn down the heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are extremely tender.

Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients to speed things along. Place the cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, mustard, lemon juice, paprika, and tumeric (if using) in your blender. A high-speed blender is recommended for the best results, but you can also use an ordinary machine as long as you have patience. Give these ingredients a light pulse just to begin breaking down the cashews slightly.

When the vegetables on the stove are fully cooked and ready, pour them into your blender along with all of the cooking water. Add in 3/4 cup of the non-dairy milk, and turn on the blender to its highest setting. Thoroughly puree the mixture, until completely smooth and lump-free. If you're using a blender that isn't so hearty, this could take 6 - 10 minutes. With the motor still running, slowly drizzle in the oil, to allow it to properly emulsify. Check the consistency; if you like your sauce a bit thinner blend in the remaining 1/4 of non-dairy milk.

Pour the sauce over your cooked noodles, and serve immediately.

Makes 6 - 8 Servings

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