Mac & Cheese Topped with Caramelized Onions

 

Two delicious ways (one being vegan) to prepare macaroni & cheese topped with savory caramelized onions.

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Ingredients: non vegan

  • 1½ cups pasta shells
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon each pink Himalayan salt and course ground black pepper
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan, shredded
  • ¼ cup Panko crumbs

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

In a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook 8 minutes; drain.

In a large pan or skillet, drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over onions. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently 14 minutes or until caramelized; set aside.

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Lightly oil a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Pour in pasta; coat with avocado oil and egg white. Whisk together milk and flour; pour over pasata, blend well. Mix in salt, pepper, and mozzarella. Top with caramelized onions, parmesan, and Panko crumbs.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes or until browned.

Ingredients: vegan

  • 1½ cups pasta shells
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced into thin rings
  • ¼ cup Panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon each pink Himalayan salt and course ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast

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Directions:

Heat oven to high broil. Set oven rack 2nd level from top.

Prepare pasta and onions same as above.

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Toast Panko crumbs in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

In a sauce pan warm avocado oil over medium heat. Sift flour into heated oil, stirring briskly. Constantly stir for about 4 minutes. Add almond milk, continue stirring until sauce begins to thicken. Once desired thickens is achieved, remove from heat. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast.

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Pour pasta and sauce into a cast iron skillet or baking dish, mix well. Top with caramelized onions and Panko crumbs. Broil in oven for 1-2 minutes or until browned. Keep an eye on dish, it will brown quickly.

There you have it. Two delicious recipes for one amazing dish. Enjoy!

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