Chloe Coscarelli is a vegan chef famous for winning the top spot on a Food Network episode of Cupcake Wars over non-vegan contestants. She came from a family of meat-eaters but convinced them when she was in high school to go vegetarian. A vegan for more than six years, Chloe’s goal is to bring delicious, meat-free dishes to the mainstream. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute and the University of California, Berkeley.
Her advice for people thinking about going vegetarian or vegan is to try it one or two or three days a week. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing.
This mac ‘n’ cheese comfort classic is a great dish for these gloomy winter days, and it’s probably a good dish for new vegans and Meatless Mondays, too. Here’s the recipe.
• 1 pound elbow macaroni or piccolini
• 3 cups broccoli florets
• ¼ cup vegan margarine
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose flour)
• 3 cups soy, almond, or rice milk
• ½ cup nutritional yeast
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 2 teaspoons sea salt
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon agave
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli for the last 5 minutes of boiling and let cook until broccoli is fork tender. Drain and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, make a roux or paste by whisking the margarine and flour over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add nondairy milk, yeast, tomato paste, salt, and garlic powder to the saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until the sauce thickens. Adjust seasoning to taste and stir in lemon juice and agave. Toss the noodles and broccoli with the sauce and serve immediately.
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