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  • Makes 4 bowls

This gorgeous dish takes vegan mac and cheese to a whole new level and is sure to please the young and not-so-young. Pasta and an assortment of juicy, tender-roasted vegetables get drenched in our velvety Vegan Queso. A sprinkling of Aleppo pepper, a popular spice in the Middle East, adds heat and a subtle sweetness similar to sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 oz. dry short whole wheat pasta, such as macaroni
  • 1¼ to 1½ cups Vegan Queso
  • 6 cups sliced fresh cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped (¾ cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup shredded fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon ground Aleppo pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spread tomatoes in prepared pan. Roast 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and skins begin to pop. Season with black pepper.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to pot. Add Queso Sauce; toss to coat, adding water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to make creamy.
  3. Meanwhile, in an extra-large nonstick skillet cook mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, and garlic over medium 5 minutes or until tender and any liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon pasta mixture into bowls. Top with mushroom mixture and tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil and Aleppo pepper.

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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