Are you drooling yet?
Thankfully, when the boys request mac n cheese, they're thinking of the orangey-yellow variety they sometimes get at Grammy's house.
I had this recipe, and this one, too, and we liked them both ok. They're perfectly fine substitutes when you're making it from scratch. The Healthy Mac recipe didn't look right -- it was very tasty, but didn't taste at all like what the boys craved. The Sweet Potato Mac was also just ok -- but in reality, if I want mashed sweet potatoes I don't want noodles in there messing it up.
So one day the boys wanted mac n cheese for lunch. I started to whip up the cheese sauce and saw that I had a good sized sweet potato on the counter...hmmm...I don't need the whole sauce to be sweet potato, but just a little color and sweetness would be nice. So here's what I came up with and I threw the other recipes out. This is the only way the boys want to eat mac n cheese from now on -- and it even looks "cheesy" with all it's orange-yellow-ness!
Mac N Cheese
- 12-14 oz whole wheat macaroni
- 1 cup almond milk -- unsweetened
- 6 TBLS nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 TBLS flour
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potato
- salt and pepper to taste
-- Start by cooking your pasta according to the directions
-- Meanwhile, cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 5-8 minutes until soft
-- Meanwhile (again), whisk all other ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat over medium 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally and watching it thicken (although not too much, and don't let it boil!)
-- Once the sweet potato is done, carefully put the sweet potato chunks in with the milk and mash a little. With a hand blender, puree until smooth. (If you don't have a hand blender, you can puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor with a little of the milk liquid and then transfer everything back to the pot).
-- When pasta is done, drain and mix with the creamy sauce until it coats each and every noodle. Season with salt and pepper as desired!