Vegan “cheese” sauces made with nutritional yeast (aka nooch) are really cool! And yes, they do taste kind of like actual cheese sauces, but I’ll have a bad time if I get too into comparing. For sure, they have an awesomely savory, nutty flavor and a creamy texture that satisfies like a boss.
I was about to make some nooch mac and cheese when I thought wait a minute…you know what would make this really good? A ton of veggies! Specifically, my favorite bad-ass veggie trio: cremini mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and greens. I’m not sure why they’re the Boyz II Men of flavor harmony, but they are. And hey – did you know:
and my favorite,
What’s that sound I hear? Is it a stampede of people rushing to the grocery store to stock up on mushrooms? Thought so.
Thanks very much to Goodness Green, an awesome site with lots of plant-based recipes, for my basic nooch sauce recipe.
15 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 c bell pepper, sliced
- 2 c crimini (mini portobello) mushrooms, sliced
- 6 c fresh spinach or spinach blend
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp Onion and Herb Mrs. Dash
- 2 tsp Garlic and Herb Mrs. Dash
- 1 tsp Table Blend Mrs. Dash
- 1 tsp Chipotle Mrs. Dash
- few dashes black pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- "Cheese" Sauce:
- 1 Tbs Earth Balance or another dairy free butter/margarine/spread
- 1 Tbs rice flour
- 1 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 4 Tbs nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 c gluten free pasta (I used Barilla Gluten-Free Elbows)
- Slice up the veggies and chop the garlic. Heat the olive oil on medium low in a large nonstick pan. Add the Mrs. Dash and seasonings and saute for 2-3 minutes to release their flavors. Add the garlic and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies one at a time and saute for about 5 minutes after each addition (onions, then peppers, etc.) Set aside.
- To make the sauce, melt the dairy free butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk the flour and milk together in a small bowl. Stir the milk mixture into the saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat up a little and cook and stir for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Set aside.
- Boil a few quarts of water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and stir into the sauteed veggies. Stir in the sauce. Heat on low for a few minutes before serving.
This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten free friendly; check the labels on your ingredients to make sure they work for you. Mrs. Dash is gluten-free but not processed in a dedicated facility.
Per serving, about 239g: 198 calories (72 calories from fat); 8.0g fat (12%)(1.3g sat, 0.0g trans); 0mg cholesterol (0%); 303mg sodium (13%); 26.3g carbohydrates (9%); 4.3g fiber (17%); 6.7g protein; Vitamin A 47%; Calcium 16%; Vitamin C 100%; Iron 14%, Potassium 17%