Mac and Cheese!

Finally, the complete recipe for my mac and cheese…THE best mac and cheese you’ll ever eat…EVER!

Better Than Your Mac and Cheese

I’m currently waiting to hear back from the Daiya website to see if my video for their “Get cooking contest” will be posted on their youtube channel.  This is the recipe I submitted.  I have only about 3 days til the contest ends and the winner is based on most views, so not thinking I’m gonna sweep this thing, but I wanted to spread the word about this M and C.

PS: They posted it!


So, here goes:

*For the cheese sauce:

3 tbsp butter (Earth Balance)

3 tbsp flour

2 1/2 cups rice milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 1/2 tsp mustard powder

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp 21 season salute (trader joes)

1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg

1 1/2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast flakes

1 1/2 tbsp tofutti cream cheese

2 cups (1 package) Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds

1 lb Pipe Rigate pasta

*For the bread crumb topping:

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

3 tbsp Earth Balance

1 tsp salt

1tsp pepper

1  tsp 21 season salute

2 tbsp fresh parsley


Preheat your oven to 375

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  While you’re waiting for that to happen, on low flame melt 3 tbsp butter with 3 tbsp flour, whisk to combine and let cook until the flour flavor cooks away (about 2-3 mins) now whisk in your rice milk until smooth. Start adding your spices.  Salt, pepper, mustard, garlic and onion powder, 21 season salute, and whisk this all together, now grate your nutmeg into that and whisk til all is incorporated.  Now whisk in the nutritional yeast and add the Daiya Cheese!  Keep whisking on low flame until the sauce is smooth and creamy, and turn off the heat.

Now that your water is up to a boil, add a little salt and the pasta.  Stir pasta occasionally and cook til al dente (see package instructions, but usually 7-9 mins).

After you’ve drained your pasta, pour back into the pot you boiled it in and pour your cheese sauce over it, and toss gently to coat the pasta completely.  Transfer the coated pasta to a large casserole or baking dish.

To make the bread crumbs, all you do is just combine the panko, butter, salt, pepper, 21 season salute and parsley in a bowl and microwave to melt the butter.  Stir to blend all ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the mac and cheese.  Now just bake at 375 uncovered for 15-20 minutes to brown the bread crumbs.

Once browned, remove from oven, cool for a few moments and dig in, because you won’t be able to contain yourself, I guarantee !

Let me know what you think!



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  1. This looks amazing and your video turned out really well. Definitely going to give this a try soon!

  2. This looks amazing! I saw your video on the Daiya facebook page. I definitely have to try this! I posted my blog website, but I’ve been a terrible blogger. I do have plans to change that soon. So many posts in my head, so little time! Anyway, I will definitely check back on your blog, and I hope you post more yummy recipes!

  3. was wondering if i could use soy milk instead? or will it change it?

  4. april

     /  September 5, 2011

    You could, but it has a slightly different flavor, but it should be fine. I don’t use the soy milk because I try to limit my soy intake. Let me know how it goes!


  5. april

     /  September 5, 2011

    Thanks so much! I hope you try it, it’s definitely my favorite!


  6. april

     /  September 5, 2011

    Thanks! Let me know how it turns out!


  7. Shannon Crane

     /  January 21, 2013

    I found your mac and cheese video on YouTube yesterday, and found the recipe today. I made it for dinner, and it was FANTASTIC!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. :)

  8. Looks good – I have a question, though, the 21 season salute from Trader Joes: what is it? I don’t have access to Trader Joes. Obviously, it’s a bunch of spices, but what’s the main flavor, like spicey or herby? Thanks for the post. I’m always looking for fun options for my daughter and I .

  9. april

     /  February 22, 2013

    Hi Heather!
    That’s for stopping by. The ingredients in Trader Joes 21 Season Salute are:

    Spices (black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, majoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander)
    Orange peel
    Tomato granules
    Lemon juice powder
    Oil of lemon
    Citric acid

    Any market or grocery store should have a “no salt seasoning blend”. I’m sure that would work out just as well!

    Let me know how it goes!


  10. april

     /  February 22, 2013

    Hi Shannon!
    Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s still my favorite!

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