I thought my kids would be all over this, but my 7 year old hated it. However, my very picky 4 year old ate all of hers! She does love mac-n-cheese, but I thought the broccoli might turn her off, but nope, she ate it all! Husband ate several helpings of this, too. I thought it was good, and definitely tasted cheesy.
Vegan Mac ‘N Cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni or piccolini (I used nuggets)
3 cups broccoli florets
¼ cup vegan margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose flour)
3 cups soy, almond, or rice milk (I used almond milk)
½ cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon agave
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli for the last 5 minutes of boiling and let cook until broccoli is fork tender. Drain and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, make a roux or paste by whisking the margarine and flour over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add nondairy milk, yeast, tomato paste, salt, and garlic powder to the saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until the sauce thickens. Adjust seasoning to taste and stir in lemon juice and agave. Toss the noodles and broccoli with the sauce and serve immediately.