Vegan Caramelized Onion + Jalapeno Mac n Cheese

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Y’all know COPS? Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do COPS? I literally can’t escape this show.

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This freakin’ show has been on for 26 years. Is there any other program that’s been on that long besides, like, the news???

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Garrett is stupid obsessed. We’ve spent weekends doing nothing but binge watching it. It’s gotten to the point where he finds it on & is like, “yeah I’ve seen this one.” THERE ARE 26 YEARS WORTH OF EPISODES, yet we’ve seen them all.

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He recently placed the cherry on top of our Washington move by revealing that we are literally living in the city the show was first filmed in. Like, wow what a selling point I must have missed that on the sign pulling into town.

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BRB must go lock the doors & start a fresh episode because THEY ARE STILL MAKING THIS SHOW.


Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6


  • 1 lb. of whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 tbsp. of corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of paprika
  • 5 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P + let caramelize for 18-20 minutes
  • Add 1 jalapeno + 1 tbsp. of garlic + S+P a few minutes before your onions are done
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions
  • Meanwhile meanwhile, in a food processor, combine cashews + corn starch + yeast + cumin + chili powder + red pepper + paprika + rest of the garlic + broth + other jalapeno + S+P, pulse until liquified
  • In the warm pot you cooked the pasta in, combine noodles + cashew cheese + S+P
  • In a sprayed baking sheet, lay out the pasta + sprinkle with breadcrumbs
  • Cook covered for 20 minutes
  • Uncover + cook for 10 more minutes
  • Take foot bath in remaining cashew cheese

Adjusted the cashew cheese from here:



13 thoughts on “Vegan Caramelized Onion + Jalapeno Mac n Cheese

  1. this abundant life says:

    Love Cops as well. My dad is a police officer and his unit was just filmed for a couple weeks for an episode. Can’t wait to see it. This recipe looks great, thanks for sharing! You always have the best recipes on your blog!


  2. tenncyn says:

    Are y’all us? Are we you? I don’t know how many times Nick and I get sucked into the COPS marathons and have had that sad realization that yes, we’ve seen this episode. COPS Reloaded is on a whole other level though… good TV right there.

    Thoughts for an alternative to cashews? I unfortunately am allergic to tree nuts, but everything else sounds right up my alley!


    • Rachel says:

      OMG please don’t get him started on COPS Reloaded. I can’t handle it.

      Sooooo many alternatives. Probably the easiest recipe I’ve seen uses an eggplant instead of the nuts…. sounds strange & I haven’t tried it, but I think it works….!


  3. Life Diet Health says:

    Looks like I’m missing out on ‘Cops’ I think I’ll have to look it up (I’m in UK). As for this dish it looks yummy and I’m sure my boys would eat it too ☺ Only just discovered nutritional yeast so I’m very pleased to find a tasty recipe. Thank you!


    • Rachel says:

      Yes you do! I do believe a nutribullet would work for your food processing needs, but it’s much smaller. But best believe I was making pesto in a blender pre-processer. 🙂


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