Healthy bits

Cheeky Mac NO cheese

What a delicious, filling and easy meal to make! Plus, if you have little ones, this a great idea to get them to eat some ‘hidden’ vegetables. This is a staple in my kitchen, there is always appetite for a cheeky mc No cheese. It’s great on its own or you can add cooked beans, stir fried veggies or a nice salad, for example.

Time: 30 minutes

Type: main

Difficulty: 1.5 pans

Makes: 4 portions

What you need:

400g macaroni pasta (best to use wholemeal)

1 large potato, peeled and sliced

1 large carrot, peeled and sliced

1 small onion, roughly chopped

50 to 80g cashews, soaked in boiling water for about 15 minutes

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

salt to taste

water as needed


knife and chopping board

2 pans



Start by soaking cashew nuts; once soaked, drain and rinse;

Boil potato, onion and carrot for about 15 minutes with just enough water to cover them, until vegetables are tender (keep cooking water);

Cook pasta in a large pan according to package instructions (about 15 minutes);

Put cashews in the blender and add vegetables with cooking water, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and nutritional yeast- pulse until it has a creamy consistency (add more water if necessary);

Add salt to taste (if using) and pulse a little more to mix;

Add to cooked and drained pasta and mix well – serve while hot.


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