Both my grandmothers clipped recipes and subscribed to cooking magazines (usually the Taste of Home ones). Every Sunday my family would go and visit my grandparents, and more often than not I would spend my time looking through those magazines. One of the things I picked to keep of each of my grandmas after their passings was either a cookbook or a compilation of the Taste of Home magazines.
I don’t really subscribe to any magazines for recipes like my grandmothers, but I do have a lot of bookmarked websites that I like to visit regularly. One of those websites is Chef Chloe. As I was perusing through her recipes, I was intrigued by one for Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese and that inspired the following recipe.
- 2 pounds brown rice elbow macaroni or spirals (or just use one pound and freeze half of the sauce)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (you need this amount for the roux to make the sauce)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1/3 cup sweet rice flour
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 2-1/2 cups dairy-free milk (I used So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- Cook pasta according to package instructions, be sure have heavily salted the water.
- Meanwhile, and the medium sauce pan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until translucent. Sprinkle in thyme, and rice flour, and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly whisk and dairy free milk. Add sweet potatoes, mustard, soy sauce, salt, and vinegar. Bring to boil whisking frequently. Reduce heat to simmer until sauce thickens. Transfer mixture to blender, and blend until smooth. Pour over pasta and stir to combine.
- The recipe makes enough sauce for 2 pounds of pasta. Now I know that is a lot of pasta, so I typically do just 1 pound and use half the sauce, and freeze the rest for another night. You could just halve the sauce recipe, but I always find it ridiculous when a recipe calls for just half sweet potato, or half an onion. What am I supposed to do with the other half?
I have a few ‘cheese’ sauce recipes in my arsenal, but the thing that I like about this one is how light it tastes, and it is simple. The sauce actually freezes well which, of course, makes it even more simple.