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Pasta dishes Main Vegan Oat

Plant-Based ‘Mac n Cheese’ with Basil Pesto and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

  • 85 mins
  • Plant-Based ‘Mac n Cheese’ with Basil Pesto and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

    Ingredients

    Serves 6

    • 335g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 500g pasta, we like rigatoni as the sauce fills the tubes, but traditional macaroni works too
    • 75g vegan spread
    • 100g plain flour
    • 1.3L Alpro This Is Not M*lk Whole
    • 150g smoked plant-based alternative to cheese
    • 60g vegan basil pesto
    • Tenderstem broccoli to serve

    Preparation

    • Step 1

      Preheat oven to 140°C (120°C fan).

    • Step 2

      Add the tomatoes, oil, thyme and garlic to a bowl with a pinch of sea salt. Toss to coat then tip onto a tray, turning the tomatoes so they are cut side up and bake for 1 hour.

    • Step 3

      Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and reserve 250ml of the pasta water.

    • Step 4

      Meanwhile, add the vegan spread to a saucepan, set over a medium heat to melt, then whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Gradually add the Alpro This Is Not M*lk, a little at a time, whisking between each addition until combined. Once all the This Is Not M*lk has been added, gradually bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside for 2 minutes before stirring in the plant-based alternative to cheese.

    • Step 5

      When the tomatoes are cooked increase the oven to 200°C (180°C fan).

    • Step 6

      Stir the sauce through the pasta along with the reserved pasta water until combined.

    • Step 7

      Add ¼ of the pasta to an ovenproof dish then dot over ¼ of the pesto and scatter over ¼ of the tomatoes. Continue this process until you have used all the ingredients.

    • Step 8

      Cover with a layer of tin foil and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbling. Serve with Tenderstem broccoli (or your favourite veg!)

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