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Not bad, actually...

So Steve (rootbeer1) and I stopped by Rainbow Grocery the other day on the way to driving me to work. Our main goal was to get some nutritional yeast flakes so I could experiment with vegan mac and cheese recipes (see previous post). Today for lunch I tried one of the recipes for cheese sauce that I found online, cooked up a pound of penne, added the sauce, turned it into a baking dish, sprinkled with bread crumbs and a drizzle of olive oil, and baked for half an hour. It really isn't bad---cheesy-enough tasting to fool some people at first bite. Definitely a nice dish in its own right, especially for the lactose-intolerant. The cheese sauce itself was a good consistancy and pretty darn good for having no actual dairy in it. I went ahead and ordered the source cookbook from Amazon because I'm curious about what other things can be made from yeast.

Here's the recipe:

Melty Nutritional Yeast 'Cheese' Sauce
from The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak

* 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 2 Tablespoons flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 2 cups water
* 1 teaspoon mustard
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil (to reduce fat, I have successfully reduced the oil by
1/3 to 1/2, but don't tell on me)

Mix the dry ingredients in a saucepan.
Whisk in 1 cup of water and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and bubbles.

Remove from heat and whip in 1/2 cup oil and mustard.
Put back on the heat and slowly add the remaining water.

Cook until thickened and bubbly (it will have the consistency of a nacho cheese sauce).


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
interesting... i've never been a big fan of nutritional yeast, but that sounds interesting.

and undoubtedly more appetizing than some of the vegan cheese substitutes i've tried! :-P
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
The cookbook I ordered has recipes for faux cheese you can slice, so I'll have to try that too. Most soy-based cheese I've tried tastes like, well, soy. Not bad, but not cheese.
Jan. 29th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
i've had some soy cheese that was really atrocious, and i swore it off. but that was years ago, and they've probably improved it since then :-)
Jan. 28th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
You're a braver man than I.
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'll try anything once...well, almost anything....
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I'll have to try this, not because I'm a vegan (quite the opposite), but because Danny will die if he has any milk protein. I have great success with tofu cheese, using spices and nutritional yeast, as the 'cheese' in lasagna.
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
btw, what do you do with the SECOND cup of water?
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
After adding the oil and mustard, put back on heat and add the remaining water---
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm neither lactose-intolerant nor vegan! :)
Jan. 29th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really really love real cheese, but I was intrigued by the vegan mac and cheese we had. We have a number of lactose-intolerant friends, so this might be a way to expand our choices when we have them over for dinner.
Jan. 29th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I hear that - I have a friend who's so lactose intolerant even the small quantity used in some tablets and capsules can cause him serious grief. I certainly wouldn't wish that on anyone!
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