1 box elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat)
2 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup Daiya Mozzarella style cheese shreds
I cup Daiya Cheddar style cheese shreds
1 can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like heat)
Salt and pepper to taste
Caramelized onions. I used 3 yellow onions for this dish.
Preheat oven to 375 F
1. Heat the almond milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it.
2. In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk for about 2 minutes to create a smooth roux. The mixture should darken slightly during this time.
3. Still whisking, add the hot almond milk slowly and cook for a minute or two more, until the mixture has thickened. A good way to check is to dip a spoon into the mixture, then run your finger over the back of the spoon. If the mixture does not run into the streak made by your finger, it’s thick and good to go.
4. Add in the pumpkin puree and stir until smooth. Keep it on the heat for just a minute or two, until the puree is warmed through.
5. Take the almond milk mixture off the heat and stir in the vegan cheese, soy sauce, and spices. Partially cover and let the mixture sit as the cheese melts.
6. While waiting for the cheese to melt, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your macaroni. Cook it just shy of al dente (subtract a minute or two from the al dente cooking time on the box). Drain the noodles when they’re done.
7. Once the cheese has fully melted (it will take a little longer with this stuff than with real cheese), taste and adjust any of the spices, as well as salt and pepper, to your liking. The whole mixture should now have a nice, velvety texture to it. Add the cooked macaroni (and the onions if you’re adding them) and stir well. Pour the whole mixture into a 9x13 baking dish, or a deeper casserole dish.
8. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the pasta. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the bread crumbs are browned on the top.