Vegan Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
  • head plus 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lb of Black Bean Pasta (I love trader joe’s, but you can use any pasta that you prefer for this recipe)
  • 4 Tbsp of olive oil (or vegan butter, or grapeseed oil)
  • 4 Tbsp of arrowroot starch (or corn starch, but arrowroot is best for sticky cheesy-ness)
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, plus more if needed
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Pinch of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes if you like spicy flavors
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of the garlic head, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some salt. Wrap the garlic in tin foil and place on the top of the oven rack. bake for 45 minutes to an hour. This is done when you can smell the garlic warning, this might be the best your house has ever smelled.
  2. Cook the pasta according to box instructions. If using black bean pasta I suggest keeping a close eye on it. I like to check on the consistency after 5 minutes and every minute after that.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and minced fresh garlic. Stir for about 2 minutes or until lightly brown. Next whisk in cornstarch for about 1 minute.
  4. Slowly begin adding the almond milk and continue to whisk. Cook for two minutes and continue to whisk. The sauce will become clumpy but don't worry, we shall be blending it!
  5. Add the sauce to a blender along with the roasted garlic (push the cloves from the base directly into the blender, kind of like toothpaste?), nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper. Red pepper flakes and garlic powder.
  6. Now blend that delicious sauce until creamy. Once it looks blended, try a bit to see if it is seasoned to your liking. If not add some extra seasoning.
  7. Once you are happy with the taste, add the sauce back into the pan and add pasta. Stir until pasta is fully coated with “cheese”.
  8. I think this dish on its own is absolutely amazing but some more options include:
  9. Broiling: Heat oven to high broil and cook pasta for 5 minutes.
  10. Add some vegan parm cheese
Recipe by Simply Plantiful at