Asian Mac n Cheese


This recipe comes from Hot For Food, Lauren calls it Mac & Peas. This doesn't taste like traditional mac & cheese, nor is it meant to mimic it. It's truly an original and its awesome! The soy sauce and the miso give it an Asian flavor and the nutritional yeast give it a cheese flavor. That's why I gave it a new name....Asian Mac and Cheese. I didn't think the peas went well with the dish so I didn't add them. While writing this it occurred to me that a nice add to this dish would be some cooked edamame on top. It goes so well with Asian dishes and they would not have that mushy texture that peas have. You'll be bumping up the protein and then all you will need is a vegetable dish to go with it for a complete meal. This dish is also easy and super quick to make.

When I have this it's usually just for myself. I store the sauce and pasta separately in the fridge. I believe it prevents the pasta from getting mushy. When lunch time comes I reheat some of the sauce then add some of the pasta and serve once the pasta is warm. 

Changes made...I added more tahini, olive oil, garlic and thought it needed some Dijon mustard and I reduced the amount of water recommended and took out the lemon juice. 

Edamame: (Optional)

1 cup edamame, frozen
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp tamari

Pasta:

5 cups cooked spiral or penne noodles (gluten free)  
1/4 tsp sea salt

Sauce:

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp olive oil 
1 Tbsp white miso (gluten free)
1 Tbsp tamari
3/4 tsp garlic, grated
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard

3/4 cup water (reserved from pasta water)


In a frying pan, over medium heat, add frozen edamame, sesame oil and tamari. Cook for 5 minutes then put aside.

Bring a large pot of water and salt to aboil. Once water is at a rolling boil add in pasta and cook for approximately 10 minutes until al dente. Drain pasta. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water. Do not rinse pasta and put back into pot.

In the meantime, add sauce ingredients into a small pot. Once pasta water is cooked add a 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water to the sauce. Heat sauce over low heat until warm and miso has dissolved, stir often. Add sauce to pasta pot and heat over low heat, stir to allow noodles to get coated. Don't heat for longer than 2 or 3 minutes. Add more of the reserved water if needed. Once plated add some edamame on top of the pasta.