Never heard of bruschetta mac and cheese before? This is truly one of the best creations I’ve ever come up with. Creamy vegan cheese sauce covering perfectly cooked pasta, then topped with homemade bruschetta mix; can you say second-helpings please!!
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Bruschetta Mac and Cheese Recipe: Great for Vegans and Non-Vegans
The bright flavours of the bruschetta perfectly compliment the rich and creamy sauce. Bake them together and the taste is out-of-this-world amazing! This creation came about when planning a restaurant menu in my undergraduate degree. My class and I were told we couldn’t put breadcrumb topping on our mac and cheese because it would be too many carbs. I was planning on using basil in my bread crumb topping for the flavour. I switched the breadcrumbs to tomatoes eh voila! The most decadent recipe was born.
This is the perfect dish to wow anyone, vegan or meat-eater. Be warned: if you make this bruschetta mac and cheese once, people will beg you to make it again.
I’m usually all about quick and simple recipes. This recipe isn’t complicated but does take a bit of prep time to make the bruschetta and the creamy vegan cheese sauce. The great thing is you can prepare everything in advance. Just keep the bruschetta separate until you are ready to bake so the cheese sauce doesn’t get watery.
If you need this to be gluten free, use your favourite gluten free pasta. Cook according to package directions.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever had bruschetta mac and cheese before!
Bruschetta Mac and Cheese
- 9x13 Baking dish
- Large pot
- Prepare the bruschetta.
- Prepare the creamy vegan cheese sauce.
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- Cook the pasta until it is just a bit undercooked compared to how you like your pasta. It will finish cooking in the oven and you don’t want to overcook it. It’s best to follow package directions and take off ~2-3 minutes from the cooking time.
- Drain the water from the pasta but don’t rinse off the noodles (unless using a gluten free pasta, then you may want to rinse off extra starch).
- Toss the cooked pasta with the cheese sauce and pour into a 9x13 inch pan. It's best to grease this dish with a cooking spray (oil spray).
- Top with a layer of bruschetta.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until there are small bubbles coming up the sides of the pan.