The Little Foxes Manly Vegan Mac and Cheese
by Ashlee Piper
Categories: Eats, Vegan, Vegetarian.
Photo: Ashlee Piper

How many times have you see that title on a vegan mac and cheese recipe? Probably a lot. However, some of those recipes don’t really live up to the hype. We’ve all seen the standard recipes that boast some nutritional yeast, some spices, maybe a few Daiya shreds here and there, topped with parsley and e’rryone goes cray…at the pictures. And then you taste it and you’re like “Hm. Okay, this still tastes like NUTRITIONAL YEAST AND WATER.”

It’s as if we vegans have forgotten what makes mac and cheese so grand – that savory, salty taste, that gooey cheese filling every noodle crevice -because we make it too thick, too lumpy, too runny, or just plain sad and then offer it up like the real thing. No. And when we do this, our non-vegan friends taste it and go right back to thinking that we’re so deprived.

Manly Mac The Little Foxes Ashlee Piper Vegan
No deprivation here, kids.

I have it on good authority, after many taste tests, that this recipe, also called “Manly Mac,” is delicious enough to contend with some of the richest non-vegan mac and cheese recipes out there. You know the ones dripping with cream, roux, butter, and eight different kinds of sharp, imported, cruelty-laden cheeses? Yeah, those. And, while this recipe was designed for deliciousness and not low-calories, it’s still way better for you than that CRAZY Paula Deen recipe, y’all.

Best of all, I’m breaking it down for you TWO WAYS. I am a mac and cheese purist – a former Velveeta lover – so I love my mac unbaked and gooey. Other residents of this household feel that everything is better when topped with breadcrumbs and baked crispy. Whichever end of the spectrum you occupy, I GOT YOU.

Manly Mac The Little Foxes Ashlee Piper Vegan
Way #1 – Unbaked + Creamy Dreamy
Manly Mac The Little Foxes Ashlee Piper Vegan
Way #2 – Baked with a Crispy Top

Okay! Now, take my oven-mitted hand and come with me on a fantastic voyage.

The Little Foxes “Manly Mac”

Ingredients:

For the ‘Beef’:

For the Baked Topping:

For the Sauce:

Assembly:

The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
Yeah, it’s that creamy.
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
Almost makes you want to weep, don’t it?
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
Cheesiness, meet ground beefiness. Ground beefiness, meet cheesiness.
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
You can almost hear that beautiful sound of noodles + sauce bonding.
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
Ramekins make everyone feel so special.
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper
The Little Foxes Manly Mac and Cheese Vegan Ashlee Piper

About Ashlee Piper

Ashlee Piper is a governmental strategist, social worker, and holistic health counselor and owner of All Is Wellness, a boutique plant-based wellness consultancy.  She is also Community Manager for the Vegucated Schoolhouse Community, where she assists hundreds of veg-curious people in transitioning to a more healthful and compassionate lifestyle.  Her writing can also be seen in Reader’s Digest, Get Vegucated, Girlie Girl Army, and via her own vegan lifestyle and recipe blog, The Little Foxes.  When she’s not writing, she enjoys volunteering with HEART and local shelters, whipping up vegan feasts, and spending time along Lake Michigan with her two rescue dogs, Banjo and Theo.

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  • http://twitter.com/loshop Lisa Oshop

    Beer is not gluten free. It has barley.

  • http://www.thelilfoxes.com/ Ashlee

    You can use gluten-free beer, if you like. This recipe is not expressly gluten-free, but you can certainly make modifications to make it so.

  • Joanna

    I made this but I blended up a red bell pepper in the sauce and used daiya cheddar slices since I had a lot left over, instead of the havarti. It’s delicious :)