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Basic Macaroni and Cheese

What you need: 

2 cups plain soy milk (adjust to your liking)
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
10 oz. (1 block) grated cheddar-style soy vegan cheese (I like Vegan Gourmet, made by Follow Your Heart)
1 pound tube shaped pasta (elbows, etc.)
bread crumbs (optional)

What you do: 

Cook pasta.
Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
While pasta is cooking, heat the soymilk and salt. Stir until creamy, then bring to a boil. Continue to heat and stir one minute after begins to bubble.
Turn heat to low, and stir in soy cheese until blended to a nice orange sauce.
Place cooked noodles in a casserole dish, and pour cheese sauce over noodles.
Stir to coat all noodles and top with bread crumbs if preferred. Bake uncovered 10-12 minutes.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6-8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This is really interesting! Because I have an anaphylactic (life-threatening) allergy to everything dairy, I can honestly say I've never had Macaroni and Cheese. So I made this recipe tonight and thought it was really good. My boyfriend, who loves meat and cheese, even thought it was edible. The sauce was really creamy, but I had to add about 2 teaspoons of a cornstarch (mixed with water to form a slurry) to the sauce to thicken it up. The only problem right now is my nose is stuffy and my throat hurts, two early signs that I ate something with dairy in it. I took some Benadryl, so let's hope I don't end up in the hospital. But I used the Vegan Gourmet cheddar cheese and that's the only thing that could have had trace amounts of dairy in it (I used Silk soymilk and I know that's okay). Does anyone know if they process that fake-cheese in a facility that also processes milk or cheese? I'll let you all know for sure tomorrow whether this is a "true" vegan cheese (depending on how my allergy symptoms progress). Otherwise it was great.  ;)

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This is definitely my favourite base for mac and "cheese" ever.  I added a little sauteed onion, nutmeg, black pepper, and garlic powder.  I have only been vegan for a couple of years (vegetarian for nearly 10), but missed the comforting nature of baked macaroni and cheese quite a bit.  Thank you so much!  :)>>>

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I have finally found a good vegan mac n' cheese recipe...this one is a keeper.  My part-time vegan mother and 2 yr old son liked it too.  Tastes like the real thing, just made it tonight and could not stop eating it. 

Unlike a previous popular vegan version on this site which was repulsive...this was delicious and simple.

Thank you for posting it.  :D

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:D  Thank you popcorn ninja!!  i made this recipe for fathers day to take to my sister-n-laws house for dinner.  i was absolutely shocked that her preservative-packed children devoured this!!  i used a block of rice cheese instead of soy cheese because of rice cheese's milder flavor.  it was so creamy and tastey.  i did put the breadcrumbs on top, but i think the next time, I won't.  The breadcrumbs kinda sucked up some of the moisture and it was a bit dry at the top of the pan.  i think i will be making this this weekend for my parents who are coming into town.  thank you thank you thank you!!!!

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I must be the slowest of the slow because this came out awful.  It all went down hill when I was making the "cheese" sauce.  I should have known better, I'm not that great at cooking.  I really messed this recipe up  :'(

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We made this tonight. One of the best I have tried! It so simple and yummy! Thanks for sharing!! I think next time we will add some tofurky sausages. ;)b

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I used Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet (only kind of vegan cheese I use!) and Silk plain soymilk. The cheese didn't melt into the soymilk very well like the recipe said, so all I did was throw a lid on the pot and let it simmer for a little while--worked perfectly.

The other thing is, this recipe isn't the best reheated in the microwave. (It's still really good, though, I do it anyway)  The sauce breaks down and it isn't as creamy anymore. If you have time to heat it on the stovetop, though, that'd be perfect. I think I'm gonna go do that now.  :)

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i have been planning on making this recipe this weekend since it has been saved in my recipe box for weeks! stina what brand and flavor of cheese did you use?

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:-D  :D  :-D  :D  :-D  :D

I can't tell you how excited I am about this recipe!! It tasted JUST like regular, non-vegan mac and cheese!!! That part creeped me out, actually. I tasted the sauce and my face went blank with shock. My mom was worried about me until I recovered and told her that the sauce tasted like cheese. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

I sprinkled breadcrumbs on top and then drizzled Earth Balance butter over them so they'd get crispy in the oven. And WOOOOOOOW it was so good! Even my mom--who eats and likes non-vegan mac and cheese--ate a bowl and went for seconds.

How come more people haven't tried and reviewed this recipe?!?! Holy crap ... can I give it 10 stars? Vegweb should change the rules ...

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This was pretty good.  I just made it this afternoon for my father and he said he loved it, that it tasted like the real thing.  Unfortunately I hate the real thing.  I never did like Velveta Shells and Cheese and even nor the Kraft stuff, but everyone else seemed to love it so that makes me really happy.  A 5 star worthy recipe.  ;)b

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