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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheez

Jun 01, 2022 06:00AM ● By D. Natasha (Chef Beee) Brewley, PhD, MBA, HHC

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheez (Photo: Chef Beee)

4 cups water
1 Tbsp salt
1 box ziti pasta
½ butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup organic cashews
1 cup cashew milk, unsweetened
3 cloves garlic
1 cup nutritional yeast
1-2 pinches Himalayan salt
1 tsp nutmeg
½ Tbsp black pepper, ground
1 pack plant-based cheddar cheese shreds, optional

Making the Ziti Pasta

In a medium-sized pot, bring the water to a boil. 

Add the pasta and salt to the water.

Reduce heat and cook until pasta is al dente—still firm but a bit chewy.

Reserve some of the pasta liquid before draining the pasta through a colander.

Set aside in a baking dish.

Making the Butternut Cream Sauce

Preheat oven to 400º F.

In a high-speed blender, add cashews, cashew milk, garlic and nutritional yeast, and blend on high until smooth, creamy and thick. Set aside.

Put butternut squash and 1 cup water in a large pot and cook until very soft.

Place cooked butternut squash and cashew sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.

Fold the butternut cashew sauce into the pasta in the baking dish. 

If desired, sprinkle the plant-based cheddar cheese shreds on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 20 minutes. 

Let cool before eating.

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