Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

15 ounces dried macaroni (about 2 ½ cups)
1 ½ cups yellow or russet potatoes, peeled & diced
⅓ cup carrots, peeled & diced
½ cup onion, chopped
1 ¼ cups water from boiled vegetables
¾ cup raw cashews
⅓ cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Pinch paprika

Directions

Cook macaroni al dente, according to package instructions (usually requires boiling for 6-8 minutes in salted water), drain, and set aside.

Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your vegetables.

When vegetables are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add ¾ cup of that cooking water to your blender, along with your remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Pour sauce over your cooked macaroni noodles in a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve immediately. Or, place macaroni mixture in a baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until crumbs turn golden brown. Serves 6.

Adapted from the Vegan Yumminess blog.