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Creamy & Cheesy Pasta Bake (Vegan)

Creamy & Cheesy Pasta Bake (Vegan) is crazy delicious and easy! Yesterday, I was by myself for about 2 hours, a total rarity in life, and decided to take advantage of this randomly awesome moment and shoot some amazing eats! I drank red wine and danced around the kitchen listening to Billie Holiday. I truly did this. And, it felt sublimely amazing. “You Go to My Head” is one of my all time favorite tunes. I put it on repeat. 😉 I need more of these moments in life for sure! Not to say I don’t love my little guy to the freakin’ moon, but mama needs a break sometimes, too. Some me time. So, yesterday was suh-weet!

This recipe uses an arrabiata sauce (homemade recipe coming soon), and creamy vegan cheese sauce. You can buy a creamy vegan cheese OR you can make it yourself. If you’re looking for a recipe, I used mine from my Creamy Vegan Mac n’ Cheese recipe. I used Lisanatti Almond Mozzarella Cheese and shredded it for the top of the pasta bake. This is a simple but incredibly flavorful recipe!

Side Note: Upon reheating, I put the pasta in a sauce pan on medium, added a Tbl of Tofutti Cream Cheese, dash of garlic powder, flick of the wrist of olive oil, and crisped that baby up! A pasta that actually tasted just as good, if not better, reheated! One for the win! Mangia, my friends. 😉 

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Creamy & Cheesy Pasta Bake (Vegan)
Creamy & Cheesy Pasta Bake (Vegan) is delicious, easy, quick, and healthy! What's not to love? Chow down with some pasta eats. Great for a nice soiree with friends and family. Enjoy!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
  2. Approximately 24 oz arrabiata sauce (can sub out for marinara) - a garlicky option is best
  3. Approximately 24 oz creamy vegan cheese (I used my recipe from my vegan mac n' cheese)
  4. Approximately 1 C shredded vegan mozzarella (I used Lisanatti)
  5. Fresh basil to taste (chopped) and for garnish
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta and preheat oven to 350f
  2. On the bottom of an oven safe pan, smear both sauces and add spaghetti
  3. Top spaghetti with both sauces
  4. Continue this pattern until pasta has run out
  5. Top the pasta with more sauce, shredded vegan mozzarella, and fresh chopped basil
  6. Cover pasta with aluminum foil for 25 minutes. Remove foil for the last 5 minutes
  7. Enjoy!
Pair with
  1. Sangiovese
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Classic Baked Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy Mac n' Cheese

Creamy Mac n’ Cheese

 

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Classic Baked Creamy Mac n' Cheese
Serves 6
A classic and delicious creamy & baked macaroni and cheese. Soul warming and comforting with every bite!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Approx 1 lb conchigliette pasta
  2. 1/4 C diced onion
  3. 2 Tbl butter
  4. 2 Tbl flour
  5. 1 1/2- 1 3/4 C milk
  6. 2 3/4 C shredded white sharp cheddar
  7. 2 3/4 C shredded smoked gouda (if you are not a fan of smoked gouda, 'sigh'- I forgive you, you may use regular gouda)
  8. 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (sometimes I use a Mexican blend to spice it up for a change)
  9. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Heat the pan and add butter. Once melted stir in onion and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in flour. Stir continuously until a paste is created. This should be quick.
  5. Add milk and stir continuously until smooth.
  6. Add cheese and stir continuously until no bumps and completely smooth.
  7. Add salt and pepper and turn off heat.
  8. Slowly add pasta into the the pan of cheese. Be sure you are fully covering the shells before you add more.
  9. Once all pasta has been added to the cheese pour into a rectangular glass bakeware.
  10. Top with breadcrumbs and put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  11. *I often put tinfoil on the the first half of the baking time and remove it for the rest.
  12. Enjoy your glutenous cheesy comfort!
Notes
  1. I think mac n' cheese deserves a decent amount of pepper for those who pinch small! I usually grind some on each plate afterwards as well.
  2. Wear spandex style pants before indulging. 😉
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