Macaroni and Cheese

My Daughter absolutely loves Mac & Cheese.  Now that she’s older and can cook for herself, she usually will stock up on boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese or Velveeta Mac & Cheese which is very cheesy and creamy and of course, high in Fat.  She’s also in college and anything fast and easy that she can make at school is also a big benefit for her.  Trying to find a healthy alternative and something easy she can make at school is fairly challenging but I surely wanted to try.

When my daughter was young I used to make her a Macaroni & Cheese recipe that I had found in Marilu Henner’s Cookbook but since I had not made it in a long time I wasn’t sure it would be as creamy as she is used to.  I purchased all the ingredients and instead of making it for her, I asked her to please try it out.  She loves to cook and I thought maybe if she made it for herself she may be more open minded.  I had provided these directions and all the ingredients.  I am happy to say that not only did she absolutely love it… she saved what she made so she could heat it up the next day.. and this coming from a kid who hates left overs!  I had some myself and it was as good as I remember.  There’s nothing more satisfying than having a healthy version of a favorite comfort food dish.

Ingredients

1 box elbow pasta
1 package Mori-Nu firm tofu
1 brick 7.1 oz Daiya medium cheddar style
1 tablespoon soy butter
1/4 cup almond or soy milk

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Best Pasta Brand

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You can find at a health food store or at Whole foods

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Also can find at health food store or Whole Foods

Directions

  1. Cook the past according to package directions. Drain and then add the tablespoon of soy butter to the pasta and mix.
  2. In a blender blend the tofu until it is smooth and without lumps
  3. Shred the cheddar cheese
  4. Transfer the tofu to a saucepan and stir in the cheese over medium heat. Continue to stir making sure not to let the sauce boil.
  5. Remove the cheese mixture and pour over the pasta.  Add the almond milk as needed as you stir the pasta and sauce together.
  6. Once it’s mixed it’s ready to serve.
  7. Any remaining pasta can be saved and reheated later on in a saucepan with a little almond milk or in a microwave 1-2 minutes.
  8. There are other ways to change up this recipe.  If you like to make it more spicy you can add some hot pepper flakes, or for a smoky flavor you can add some chipotle peppers.

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As creamy as the real thing!