I don't tend to equate comfort food with convenience or ease.很多我自己喜欢的舒适食品-baked casseroles,,enchiladas,,lasagna,,扁豆面包,,veggie pot pie–involve a lot of prep work,and then usually some assembly and some baking.I don't mind this.In some ways,part of the joy of a comfort food meal is knowing that love and care were poured into its preparation.
Still,当一种典型的舒适食物——一道能带我们回到童年的菜，总是一种快乐，感受到被照顾的感觉也非常容易。And that's the deal with this quick and easy vegan roasted red pepper mac n' cheese.尽管面霜和舒适，betway必威体育平台它也很快——特别是如果你提前准备好烤辣椒或者使用商店买的那种。From that point forward,这道菜简单得像调料，boiling some pasta,把它们混在一起。
It's so easy,actually,我最近能在工作日的午餐时间把它做好。It's not my usual instinct to make pasta midday–I sort of see it as being a dish for sharing,晚餐时间——但今年夏天我简单的柠檬胡椒坦佩蔬菜碗have been changing my mind,and now this vegan mac is,too.
My choice to add roasted peppers to this dish was driven by the fact that I tend to have them around a lot during the summer.我做了大批量的——一次烤6个左右的辣椒——然后把它们放在冰箱里，方便快捷地使用。I love their flavor (much more than I love the taste or texture of raw peppers),and I love how easily they can be blended into敷料,鹰嘴豆or my favoritehomemade sunflower seed romesco.They also add a ton of concentrated pepper flavor to salads,grain dishes,and all sorts of pasta–this one included.Don't have roasted peppers at home?Don't worry.The store-bought variety will work perfectly here,too–and whatever you don't use can stay in the jar and be used for other 必威体育recipes throughout the week.
正如你所看到的，我在碗里放了些大麻籽，以增加蛋白质和质地。还有新鲜的百里香小枝和一些烤过的甜椒条。你也可以把意大利面和我的海默桑,fold in some extra roasted veggies or chickpeas,or top the mac with some of your favorite vegan meaty crumbles,大豆卷曲，or mylemon pepper tempeh cubes.这里有足够的空间发挥创造力！!
- ½ cup raw cashews,soaked for 2 hours in water and then drained
- 杯子红色，orange,or yellow roasted bell peppers (homemade or store-bought;betway必威体育平台about 2 large or 3 smaller roasted peppers)
- 1个大丁香大蒜，roughly chopped
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ⅓ cup water
- 8 ounces macaroni or shell pasta of choice (regular,whole grain,无麸质的，等）
- Optional toppings：新鲜百里香小枝，chopped herbs of choice,extra nutritional yeast,extra roasted bell peppers,大麻籽，,海默桑,纯素肉饼，,lemon pepper tempeh cubes
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.添加您选择的意大利面，并根据包装说明烹饪。
- While the pasta cooks,transfer your cashews,roasted peppers,大蒜，洋葱粉，nutritional yeast,miso,lemon,salt,and pepper to a blender,along with ⅓ cup water.搅拌至光滑，adding a tablespoon or two of extra water if the sauce is overly thick or difficult to blend (it should be betway必威体育平台about the texture of an alfredo sauce).Taste sauce and add salt and pepper as desired.
- When the pasta is ready,drain it and fold in your sauce (you may not use all of it;if you have some leftover,它可以稀释用作沙拉酱！）Divide pasta onto plates and top as desired.Serve.
Making this dish has me thinking betway必威体育平台about other ways to flavor the sauce;I'm guessing that roasted tomatoes would be a wonderful alternative to the roasted peppers.Also,it's fine to serve the dish with spaghetti or linguine or penne instead of the macaroni,把它叫做奶油红辣椒意大利betway必威体育平台面。
There are some traditional comfort food dishes that I've veganized simply because I'm curious betway必威体育平台about how they'd turn out,or because I think that friends,家庭，or loved ones will enjoy them.Mac n' cheese is a lot more personal for me–it's more than an culinary idea,if that makes sense.这是我成长过程中最喜欢的一顿饭，and my Mom made it a lot,right out of that famous blue and and orange box.
Mac n' cheese still brings up childhood memories for me,which may be whyI make it more regularlyand happily than a lot of other nostalgic dishes.The fact that my favorite vegan mac n' cheese 必威体育recipes are几乎as easy as preparing the store-bought stuff is a very nice added bonus.Hope you'll enjoy this recipe,too,尤其是当辣椒还很鲜亮的时候！!