Vegan mac ‘n cheese – ultimate comfort food!

With the nights drawing in and the first hints of autumn in the air, I always start craving some cosy comfort food and this is the ultimate!   Thanks Aine Carlin for this recipe…

Serves 2-4.

Ingredients1 x 750-900g butternut squash, halved and deseeded

200g full-fat coconut milk

1 scant tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp cider vinegar

250g macaroni

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the crispy kale:

1 tbsp olive oil

150g kale, torn into bite-size pieces

1 tsp sea salt flakes

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Method:

Preheat the oven to 200˚C/gas mark 6. Place the squash, flesh side down, in a roasting tin and pour in about 100ml water. Bake in the oven for an hour or until the flesh is completely soft. Leave the oven at the same temperature to cook the kale later on. Set the squash aside to cool slightly before scooping out the flesh with a spoon and blitzing with the coconut milk to a smooth purée in a blender.

Pour the purée into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer before adding the Dijon mustard, crumbled stock cube and cider vinegar. Season, and add a little water to loosen the sauce. Continue to simmer for a further 20 minutes until it thickens and turns pale yellow.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for just slightly under the recommended time. While the pasta is cooking, rub the olive oil all over the kale pieces. Spread out over a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until completely crisp. Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the top.

Drain the macaroni and transfer to the pan of squash sauce. Stir to combine and heat through gently on a low heat for about five minutes.

Serve in heated bowls and top with the salty, crispy kale.

 

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