Cheesy Mac & Broccoli

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Some nights you get home from work and just want something easy, cheesy, and… something else that ends in “-eesy.” Ahem. And that’s when you make a mish-mash of a meal, throwing ingredients together, dousing it in a creamy sauce, and calling it dinner. It’s like a vegan Hamburger Helper (not that I’ve ever eaten non-vegan HH!) and some sort of beefy macaroni and cheese dish all mixed into one bowl of comfort-food deliciousness.

Top-down view of a bowl full of creamy elbow macaroni, broccoli, and crumbled Gardein burgers.

Cheesy, creamy goodness.

Last night, I used elbow pasta, canned diced tomatoes, fresh broccoli, and a crumbled Gardein burger patty. I covered it all with a simple sauce, a hodge-podge of a recipe that’s versatile and easy to customize. This time, it contained:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Unsweetend soy milk
  • Flour
  • Garlic and onion powders
  • Paprika
  • Frontier No-Chicken Broth powder
  • Mild yellow miso
  • Salt & pepper
  • A bit of Earth Balance

I also threw a bit of cornstarch in at the end to help thicken it up. It was the perfect mild accompaniment to the macaroni mish-mash. I have to say, though, that I was very disappointed in the Gardein burger. I’ve really liked the other Gardein products I’ve tried, but the burger tasted like a slightly improved Boca patty – blech. Luckily for me, S liked it, and I gave him all of my burger bits. :)

What’s your go-to cheesy sauce?


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