Zesty Smoked Mac 'N' Cheese

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Super quick and creamy mac 'n' cheese that will have even the pickiest of kiddos saying "more please".
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Bowls, Main Course, Pastas
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 388.14 kcal


  • Blender
  • Small Saucepan
  • Large Saucepan


  • 2/3 cup raw cashews help save time by using pre-soaked cashews
  • 2 cups pasta shells lentil or chickpea pasta for even healthier options
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed sun-dried tomatoes no need to boil if using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil/
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Add 8 cups of water to large saucepan, 3 cups of water to small saucepan and place both over high heat. Add Cashews to small saucepan and boil until softened for 10 minutes.
  • Once water is boiling in large saucepan, add the pasta shells, 1/16 tsp salt and boil according to the package instructions. Shortly passed al dente remove from heat and drain.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the boiling cashews with 2 minutes left. Once the final 2 minutes are up, drain and reserve the water.
  • Place 2 cups of the reserved water along with the cashew and sun-dried tomato mixture into high-powered blender. Add the yeast, flour, garlic, salt, basil, paprika and red pepper flakes and blend on high for about 2 minutes, until creamy or desired smoothness.
  • Place the pasta pan over medium-high heat. Pour the cheese mixture from blender into pan and stir for 2 minutes making sure to get all the sides and continue stirring until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Pour pasta into cheese sauce mixture and continue stirring for another 2 minutes until desired thickness. Serve immediately adding in Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

My Notes

Nutrition with Essential Amino Acids

Nutrition Facts
Zesty Smoked Mac 'N' Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 388.14 Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.47g15%
Saturated Fat 1.81g11%
Sodium 751.64mg33%
Potassium 491.67mg14%
Carbohydrates 63.45g21%
Fiber 4.67g19%
Sugar 2.27g3%
Protein 12.6g25%
Vitamin A 448.99IU9%
Vitamin B1 5.33mg355%
Vitamin B2 5.58mg328%
Vitamin B3 30.42mg152%
Vitamin B5 0.24mg2%
Vitamin B6 5.94mg297%
Vitamin B12 25.35µg423%
Vitamin C 3.28mg4%
Vitamin E 0.2mg1%
Vitamin K 40.16µg38%
Calcium 30.44mg3%
Copper 0.45mg23%
Folate 11.86µg3%
Iron 3.45mg19%
Manganese 0.46mg23%
Magnesium 60.67mg15%
Phosphorus 117.59mg12%
Selenium 3.72µg5%
Zinc 1.1mg7%
Ess-Methionine 67.27mg
Ess-Tryptophan 54.52mg
Ess-Threonine 134.98mg
Ess-Phenylalanine 181.19mg
Ess-Arginine 374.79mg
Ess-Lysine 180.99mg
Ess-Leucine 277.97mg
Ess-Isoleucine 151.19mg
Ess-Histidine 87.38mg
Ess-Valine 204.65mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Some amino acids levels are estimated, some product manufacturers do not supply amino acid values. The value source usda.gov.

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