This vegan version of a comfort food classic with a delicious crunchy topping does not compromise on creamy, cheesy flavor.
Vegan Mac and Cheese
For the Vegan Cheddar Sauce:
Heat oil and soymilk in stockpot on medium heat; bring to simmer. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese; whisk continuously 2-3 min. or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low; slowly stir in cheese. Continue cooking until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth and well blended; keep warm.
For the Mac & Cheese:
- Meanwhile, bring salted water to boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stovetop. Add pasta; cook 2 min. less than directed on package. Add cooked pasta to stockpot with prepared Cheddar Sauce; mix to combine.
- Transfer pasta mixture between two full hotel pans or portion into 24 (12 ounce) oven-proof ramekins. Cover tightly with foil and bake in 300 degrees F convection oven 20-30 min. or until done (165 degrees F).
- Combine panko, oil, paprika, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Sprinkle pasta mixture evenly with panko topping. Continue baking 7-10 min. or until panko mixture is golden brown and crisp.