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Mac Daddy and Cheezy Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy Mac Daddy and Cheezy Sauce recipe? Learn how to make Mac Daddy and Cheezy Sauce using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by soxgreen

Makes 8 servings

Here he is, the ultimate in comfort food: our version of Mac and Cheese. We use mashed tofu to give this dish body and douse it in Cheezy Sauce (recipe included) for creaminess. Serve with a very simple salad of baby greens with grapeseed oil and red wine vinegar. This is the perfect thing to use up all your vegetable odds and ends, so see our variations. Any vegan potluck would be incomplete without Mac Daddy, but since omnivores tend to be a bit sketchy about nutritional yeast, save this for appreciative vegans and vegetarians. Cheezy Sauce: This is the nooch (our shorhand for nutritional yeast) sauce that we use whenever we need a melty cheesy topping for a meal. It's quick, tangy, and flavorful. So many sauces like this call for a stick (gasp) of margarine - this recipe needs a measly tablespoon of olive oil, which makes you wonder if some cookbook authors are just being hateful. We us this on nachos, pastas, brunch things, or just to dip raw veggies in. from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Recipe Ingredients for Mac Daddy and Cheezy Sauce

3/4 pound elbow macaroni
1 pound extra-firm tofu
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 pinches of dried thyme (crumbled in your fingers)
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 pinches of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 cups nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard

Recipe Directions for Mac Daddy and Cheezy Sauce

  1. For the Mac Daddy:

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your Cheezy Sauce.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 F. When the pasta is ready, drain and set aside. When sauce is ready, begin assembling.

  4. To assemble:

  5. Crumble the tofu into an 11x13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Mash the tofu with your hands until it resembles ricotta cheese. Add the salt, olive oil, and lemon juice, then stir.

  6. Add 1/2 cup Cheezy Sauce to the tofu and stir. Use a dry measuring cup with a handle so that you can just dip it in to the sauce and pour- you don't need to be very precise. Add the macaroni to the tofu, along with 3 more cups of sauce, and stir well.

  7. Smooth the top of the pasta mixture and press it down with a spatula to level it. Then pour the remaining sauce over the pasta and smooth again.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes; the top of the macaroni should be slightly browned. It's a good idea to wait about 20 minutes before serving, so that it can cool down and firm up a bit, but if you can't wait, more power to you.

  9. Variations:

  10. Mac and Peas: Add 2 cups of frozen pease when you add the macaroni to the casserole.

  11. Broc Mac Daddy: Add 3 cups of small broccoli florets when you add the macaroni.

  12. Autumn Mac Daddy: Add 3 cups of roasted or boiled butternut squash when you add the macaroni. Omit the thyme from the nutritional yeasty sauce and add 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

  13. Spicy Mac Daddy: Add 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the nutritional yeasty sauce when you add the black pepper.

  14. Mac and Greens: Add 4 cups of finely chopped kale, spinach, or chard when you add the macaroni.

  15. Mac and Chicks:Instead of tofu, use 2 cups of mashed chichpeas.

  16. For the Cheezy Sauce:

  17. Combine the broth and flour in a measuring cup and whisk with a fork until dissolved (a couple of lumps are okay).

  18. Preheat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Place the oil and garlic in the pan and gently cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often and being careful not to burn the garlic.

  19. Add the thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the broth, turmeric, and nutrition yeast, and raise the heat to medium. Use a whisk to stir constantly. The mixture should start bubbling and thickening in about 3 minutes; if it doesn't, turn the heat a bit higher.

  20. Once the mixture is bubbling and thickening, stir and cook for about 2 more minutes. Add the lemon juice and mustard. The misture should resemble a thick, melty cheese. Taste for salt (you may need more, depending on how salty your vegetable broth is), turn off the heat, and cover the pan to keep it warm until ready to use. The top might hticken a bit while it sits, but you can just stir it and it will be fine. Serve warm.


Pasta, Main Dish, American, Bake, Vegetarian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 280.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 14% Iron 51%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • Very high in niacin
  • High in pantothenic acid
  • High in phosphorus
  • Very high in riboflavin
  • High in selenium
  • Very high in thiamin
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