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.
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
- Cook the past according to package directions. Drain and then add the tablespoon of soy butter to the pasta and mix.
- In a blender blend the tofu until it is smooth and without lumps
- Shred the cheddar cheese
- 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.
- Remove the cheese mixture and pour over the pasta. Add the almond milk as needed as you stir the pasta and sauce together.
- Once it’s mixed it’s ready to serve.
- 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.
- 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.
As creamy as the real thing!