This was one of my favorite meals growing up, the one I would clamour for every birthday and special occasion. I loved helping my mom stir the flour roux until it bubbled, savoring the unique nutty aroma of the nutritional yeast. I'd eat helping after helping and she'd let me, knowing it was a healthy dinner for a hungry kid.
This is a great mac-and-cheese alternative, and it's even vegan. But I prefer to not think of it as alternative to anything. I always thought of it as its own special category, the untouchable Golden Gravy standard. Try it out and let me know what you thought of it!
Here's how it's done:
- Boil water for pasta; follow directions on box. Cook as usual.
- Stir the nutritional year and flour in a heavy skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the garlic, thyme and sage for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Whisk in the flour mixture thoroughly and then whisk in the water, soy/tamari, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a simmer, whisking constantly, and continue to simmer until the mix is thick and creamy.
- Pour over cooked pasta and serve.
Hope you enjoy this family favorite!