This creamy avocado mac recipe has finally answered my prayers of discovering a vegan mac and cheese that tastes just as good, if not better, than “real” mac and cheese.
And how could it not turn out to be amazingly delicious, when it includes avocado?! Avocado’s buttery, creamy texture lends sandwiches and toasts a canvas that can easily be complemented by an array of toppings, but it is also just as delicious alone. Paired with herbs like basil and cilantro that complement its color and bring out its richness, avocado is truly the star of this dish.
And the best part of this avocado mac is that it only takes about 15 minutes to put together! While you are cooking the pasta, simply blend together a creamy avocado sauce and prepare the fragrant garlic sauce base in a saucepan. Then, combine the three parts. And that’s it.
The spices used, in combination with the garlic, give this mac a truly cheesy flavor that I could not believe the moment I tasted it.
This version of mac and cheese puts a healthy spin on a classic comfort food, and I definitely did not feel guilty about finishing most of it in one sitting. 😉
I hope you love this amazing avocado mac and cheese as much as I do; let me know if you try it out! And don’t forget to tag your recreations on Instagram- #zenanzaatar and @zenanzaatar! 💕
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup basil leaves (loosely packed)
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- ¼-1/2 cup almond or other non-dairy milk (to thin)
- 10 oz. macaroni or elbow pasta
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3½ tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1¼ cup almond or other non-dairy milk
- Add ingredients for avocado sauce to high speed blender and blend until smooth. If not using a high speed blender, you may need to pulse a few times and add in the full ½ cup of almond milk. Set avocado sauce aside.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse and drain cooked pasta, and return to pot.
- While pasta cooks, prepare sauce base. Sauté minced garlic in measured olive oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in flour and whisk to combine, ensuring no lumps form. Slowly add in almond milk a little at a time and whisk constantly over medium high heat. Sauce will thicken quickly (over high heat). Once thickened, remove from heat, after about 2 minutes.
- Pour avocado mixture into sauce base and whisk to combine the two. Taste and add salt if needed. Pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir through to combine. Serve immediately topped with avocado slices for garnish and your favorite vegan parmesan.