Vegan Cheezy Pasta

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If you’re in need of a little comfort food today, try this cheezy Vegan Cheezy Pasta. It does the trick for me! Health never tasted so warm and creamy!

Vegan Creamy Pasta | Cheezy

We love this vegan cheezy pasta because it’s…

  • Creamy
  • Full of flavor
  • Comforting
  • Wholesome
  • Great for picnics
  • Perfect side dish
  • Delicious

Vegan Cheese Sauce

What makes this recipe so delicious and healthy is that my Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce is a main ingredient.

Incredibly some of the ingredients used to make this amazing cheese sauce are…

  • potatoes
  • onions
  • carrots
  • cashews (and or white beans)
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • lemon juice
  • spices

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

It tastes AMAZING and is my top recommended and shared recipe of all time!

Vegan Cheese Sauce with other recipes

We keep this cheese sauce on hand to use with other recipes like veggie pizza, vegan spinach lasagna, and even baked potatoes.

overhead photo of veggie pizza on cutting board

Veggies in pasta salad

Made with broccoli florets and sweet red bell peppers this pasta recipe not only has a creamy cheesy taste but also a great crispy crunch.

diced red bell pepper, onion, and spinach on brown cutting board
Diced broccoli and red bell peppers are great additions to this pasta dish.

Whole grain pasta

Another great thing is that there are now so many whole grain pasta options to choose from, and they are egg and dairy-free.

elbow macaroni in blue stockpot
Whole grain pasta adds nutritional value to meals.

I like using a number of different kinds and, for this recipe, I chose the brown rice elbow pasta.

Nutritional benefits of whole-grain pasta

Whole grain or whole wheat pasta, such as spaghetti, is made from flour that contains the entire grain kernel, the germ, endosperm and bran.

Whole grain pasta is rich in many nutrients essential for human health and is high in dietary fiber, which promotes regularity and may help lower cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention. 

The Harvard School of Public Health reports that whole grains, such as whole grain pasta, contain compounds called phytoestrogens or plant estrogens.

These substances may help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers — particularly in conjunction with the minerals found in whole grains — such as copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese. — LiveStrong

Heart-healthy, low-fat, dairy-free, and delicious! Move over, Dairy, pasta doesn’t need you anymore!

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Vegan Creamy Pasta | Cheezy

Seriously?! Heart-healthy, low-fat, dairy-free, and delicious! Move over, Dairy, pasta doesn't need you anymore!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz whole grain pasta I used brown rice, elbow
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion peeled and diced
  • 1 cup broth from the cooked veggies
  • 1/2 cup cashews or white beans
  • 4-5 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook whole grain pasta according to directions. I used brown rice elbow pasta.
  • It needed to cook approximately 12 minutes. Do not overcook, or it will become mushy.
  • Drain and rinse pasta in cool water.
  • Briefly steam broccoli florets, approximately 2 minutes in microwave.
  • Then dice red bell peppers, and make broccoli florets smaller, if you wish. You can actually add any veggies you prefer.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together vegan cheese sauce and Hoisin sauce. I make a double-batch of this cheese sauce about every-other month and store it in mason jars in the refrigerator to be used with nachos, to top broccoli or baked potatoes, and in many other dishes.
  • Hoisin sauce is in the Asian section in most any grocery store.
  • Combine pasta, veggies, and cheese/Hoisin sauce together. I used the big pot that the pasta was cooked in.
  • Serve immediately, while still warm.

Creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce

  • In medium pot, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in pot and allow to cook until veggies are tender, approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on how small the veggies are diced.
  • When veggies are tender, drain and place them in blender. NOTE: reserve 1 cup of the broth, and add to blender. Add all the remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  • Now, it's ready to use in nacho cheese dip, mac-n-cheese, topping for steamed broccoli, or anything else you need a creamy, cheesy sauce in. It makes approximately 1 quart and can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Video

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
A great thing is that there are now so many whole-grain pasta options to choose from, and they are egg and dairy-free. I like using a number of different kinds and, for this recipe, I chose the brown rice elbow pasta.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.7g | Protein: 11.6g | Fat: 1.5g | Fiber: 8.2g

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4 Comments

    1. It just cuts out an unnecessary step. The cheese sauce comes out creamy without soaking the cashews, even in lower-end blenders. I used to use a $20 Oster blender to make this with great success. 🙂

  1. Terri, I always check my FB message (under Claire Dorsey), first thing in the morning and I always salivate then write down what I am going to need to make the recipe you post. That one is another great one. I never tried brown rice pasta before but might for this amazing recipe.

    1. Ha! Love it, Nadege! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes, and I think you’ll really like the brown rice pasta.

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