Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Kale

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings 4
Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cashews,
  • 12 oz. gluten-free brown rice fusilli
  • sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed and finely chopped
  • 7 oz. Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Pacific Foods Cashew Unsweetened Original Plant-Based Beverage
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast,
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. white miso or chickpea miso
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Optional Topping

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Preheat your broiler.
  • In a medium heat-proof bowl, cover the cashews in boiling water and set aside to soak for 15 minutes.
  • Bring a large pot of heavy salted water to boil and cook the pasta until a minute shy of the packaged directions. Drain thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender.
  • Add kale to the pan and sauté over medium heat until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss together with the cooked pasta. Set the skillet aside.
  • To the blender containing the onion mixture, add the pumpkin puree, Pacific Foods Cashew Unsweetened Original Non-Dairy Beverage, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, miso, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drain the cashews and add them to the blender. Puree until very smooth and the consistency of a velvety soup.
  • (Optional) Combine the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Pour the pumpkin sauce over the pasta and stir until it coats every noodles. Spread in an even layer and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, if using.
  • Transfer the skillet to the broiler and brown for 5 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling. Enjoy hot, straight from the pan.