Updated: May 18
Macaroni pie is a family favourite in my home, especially for the kids. They love anything made with macaroni or pasta. And I guess who doesn't? But most macaroni pies are filled with unhealthy amounts of cheese, milk and eggs and I wanted to make a healthier version for my family. So I made one that's packed with healthy veggies such as beets, carrots, tomatoes and creamy tofu for added protein. Its delicious and satisfying and can be served as a side dish or better yet enjoy it as meal because its got everything you need all in one pie!
Try the recipe for an easy-to-make, and satisfying lunch. You wont be disappointed!
Yield 6 Servings
1 Pack of Macaroni
1 Pack Firm Silken Tofu @morinutofu
1 Carrot medium diced
2 Medium Sized Tomatoes medium diced
1 Small to Medium Beet medium diced
2 Tbl Garlic minced
2 Tbl Olive oil
1 Tbl Oregano
6 Basil leaves
2 tsp-1 Tbl salt
1 Tbl paprika
1 C Non Dairy Milk
1 Tbl Nutritional yeast (and more for topping)
Place macaroni in a pot of boiling salted water with 2 tsp oil.
While your macaroni is boiling, Add olive oil to a deep pot on medium heat, then add garlic, oregano and paprika. Saute until the garlic is fragrant, approximately 1-2 minutes.
Now you can add all the other ingredients, reduce heat to a simmer, stir and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the beets and carrots are tender.
Turn off the heat.
Using an emersion blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. Note: you can also cool the ingredients for a bit and then add to a food processor to puree.
The Macaroni should be Al Dente now (this means the macaroni should still be a bit firm when bitten).
Strain the cooked pasta and reserve a 1/4 C-1/2 C of the pasta water.
Add the strained pasta and pasta water to your creamy sauce mixture. Stir to combine, making sure all of the macaroni is coated.
Preheat oven to 350°F
Pour into a greased baking dish or pie dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbly. You can also remove foil and broil for 1-2 minutes.
Let the pie sit for a few minutes to set before slicing.